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DOJ Commemorates Missing Children’s Day
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) held its 22nd annual commemoration
of National Missing Children's Day on May 20, 2005, at the Department's
Hall of Justice in Washington, DC. Among the dignitaries who spoke
at the event were Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, Acting Assistant
Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs, Tracy A. Henke,
and OJJDP Administrator J. Robert Flores. Gay Smither from Friendswood,
TX, whose 12-year-old daughter Laura was kidnapped and murdered in
1997, also addressed the commemoration audience.
This year's ceremony recognized the outstanding efforts that law
enforcement personnel and private citizens have made on behalf of
missing and exploited children. The 2005 Law Enforcement Officer
of the Year Award was shared by Sheriff Ben Espey of the Nodaway
County (MO) Sheriff's Department; Corporal Jeffery M. Owen and Sergeant
David Merrill of the Missouri State Highway Patrol; Investigator
Randy Strong of the Maryville (MO) Department of Public Safety;
and Special Agent Kurt Lipanovich of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation in St. Joseph, MO. These officers were responsible
for the swift recovery of Victoria Stinnett, an infant who survived
being torn from the womb by her mother's murderer.
Other law enforcement award winners included:
- Lieutenant Michael J. Boyle, Detective Manuel Gonzalez, Detective
David Thomas, and Detective Kimberly Stone, Philadelphia (PA) Police
Deputy Micah W. Smith and Corporal Michael Harmon, Linn County
(OR) Sheriff's Office.
Memory of Etan Patz
On May 25, 1979, 6-year-old Etan Patz grabbed
his school books and gave his mother a goodbye
kiss before leaving to catch the bus to school.
Etan's mother was never to see him again. In the
months and years that followed, Etan became the
symbol for lost children all over America. Then,
in 1982, President Reagan proclaimed May 25, the
anniversary of Etan's disappearance, as National
Missing Children's Day. Each year since, the U.S.
Department of Justice has held a ceremony to commemorate
missing children and to honor men and women across
the nation who have worked tirelessly to recover
missing children and reunite them with their families.
Sadly, Etan was never found, but National Missing
Children's Day continues to be a fitting tribute
to his memory.
- Lieutenant Kenny Wynns, Midwest City (OK) Police Department.
- Supervisory Special Agent Susan M. Cantor, Supervisory Special
Agent Peter C. Fitzhugh, and Senior Intelligence Specialist Peter
Buchan, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Newark, NJ.
- Special Agent Maria A. Reverendo, Internal Revenue Service, Springfield,
- Detective Kurt M. Jones and Detective Michael A. Boymer, Jacksonville
(FL) Sheriff's Office.
- Deputy Chief Carlos F. Ortiz and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark
McCarren and Kevin O'Dowd, U.S. Attorney's Office, District of
Postal Inspectors John Johnson, Newark, NJ, and Lisa C. Holman,
Charlotte, NC, U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
Harris Elizabeth Fyfe, Grahamwood Elementary School,
Memphis, TN, won the Missing Children's Day poster
contest for 2004. Her winning design, shown above,
was featured in the 2005 event.
- Investigator Joanna S. Morton, Hickory (NC) Police Department.
- Special Agents Lori D. Shank and Ginger Hutchinson, North Carolina
State Bureau of Investigation.
The AMBER Alert Citizen Award went to Charles Cogburn of
Russellville, AR. Mr. Cogburn, a truck driver, was instrumental in
the rescue of 17-year-old Shauna Leigh Owens of Plano, TX, who had
been kidnapped by an acquaintance and was being driven through Arkansas.
Mr. Cogburn recognized Shauna from a televised AMBER Alert and made
the 911 call that led to her eventual rescue. Shauna and her mother
also attended the ceremony.
Also participating in the ceremony were Robbie Callaway, Executive
Vice President, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Founding Board
Member, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC);
and Ernie Allen, NCMEC President. Families of missing children were
among the guests at the ceremony. Other guests included representatives
of child advocacy organizations, federal agencies, and corporations.
The ceremony concluded with the presentation of the 2005 National
Missing Children's Day Art Contest Award to Dana Sever, a fifth grader
from Los Alamitos Elementary School in San Jose, CA, followed by
vocal performances by the Bells of Love, Syracuse, NY; the World
Children's Choir, Washington, DC; and Ron and Maryann Sfarzo, Belmont,
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OJJDP Participates in Faith-Based Initiatives
In an address to the White House Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, on March 1, 2005, President
Bush reiterated his support for faith-based and community organizations:
I am here to talk about my continued commitment to faith-based
and community groups because I'm firmly committed to making sure
every American can realize the promise of our country. It is
said that faith can move mountains. Here in Washington, DC, those
helping the poor and needy often run up against a big mountain
called bureaucracy. And I'm here to talk about how to move that
mountain so that we can reach out and partner with programs which
reach out to people who hurt.
In keeping with the President's commitment to reaching out to faith-based
and community organizations, OJJDP has developed and is participating
in a number of faith-based initiatives.
- National Faith-Based Mentoring Forum. On May 57,
2005, in Washington, DC, the National Network of Youth Ministries,
in cooperation with OJJDP, held the National Faith-Based Mentoring
Forum. The forum focused on training, included interactive roundtable
discussions, and provided opportunities for networking. On the
first day of the forum, OJJDP Administrator J. Robert Flores hosted
a training session on "Pursuing Faith-Based Funding." Mr. Flores
identified available faith-based grants, described how to access
and apply for grant opportunities, and noted the reporting and
other requirements of grant recipients. For additional information
on the National Network of Youth Ministries, visit www.youthworkers.net.
- Partnering With Faith-Based and Community Organizations on
Gang Reduction. On May 10, 2005, OJJDP convened a meeting
to examine faith-based approaches to preventing and reducing
youth involvement in gangs. Participants, including faith leaders
from around the country, discussed specific programs and strategies
of the faith-based community that have proven effective in countering
gang activity. They identified the challenges to faith-based
organizations in carrying out gang prevention programs, noted
existing programs that can be directed toward gang prevention
or intervention, and examined how faith-based organizations can
work most effectively with OJJDP to counter gang activity.
Marvin D. Krohn, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, University
at Albany, and Co-Principal Investigator of the Rochester Youth
Development Study, delivered a presentation on the origins
and consequences of gang membership. Nicky Cruz, of Nicky Cruz
Outreach Ministries, Inc., gave the keynote address, which
described his own background in gangs as a youth and the T.R.U.C.E.
("To Reach Urban Children Everywhere") outreach program that
he created. Administrator Flores delivered opening and closing
remarks and responded to questions from the participants.
Representatives from faith-based organizations
and the Department of Justice (DOJ) held a
planning meeting for The Launch in DOJ's Hall
of Justice on April 13, 2005.
Among the participants in the April 13 planning
meeting for The Launch were OJJDP Administrator
J. Robert Flores; Monty Hipp, Vice President
of National Initiatives, We Care America; Stacy
Rich, Intern, Office of Justice Programs' Office
of Communications; and Omar Vargas and Patrick
Purtill of DOJ's Task Force for Faith-Based
and Community Initiatives.
- The Launch. From June 25 to July 2, 2005, in Washington,
DC, and Philadelphia, PA, the National Council for Faith-Based
Youth will inaugurate its pilot initiative, "The Launch 2005." Support
for the Launch comes from the U.S. Department of Justice and more
than 20 organizations. OJJDP Administrator Flores will serve as
the plenary speaker on June 27, 2005, in Washington, DC.
The Launch will mobilize youth who want to become agents of positive change
through compassion in action. Through a highly interactive week-long development
and leadership training institute, 160 youth (ages 16 to 22) will learn how
to implement individualized plans of action to improve their communities.
The Launch will continue throughout the year, as national faith-based organizations
provide participants with a wide range of services to support their action
plans and career paths.
For additional information about the Launch, visit www.wc4y.org/thelaunch.asp. For
additional information about the National Council for Faith-Based Youth,
OJJDP is an active participant in the U.S. Department of Justice's
(DOJ's) Task Force for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. The
goal of the task force is to promote good works by neighbors, particularly
in efforts to reduce juvenile delinquency, support prisoners and
their families, assist victims of crime, address domestic violence,
and provide substance abuse treatment and prevention. The task force
is accomplishing this goal by identifying and eliminating barriers
to the participation of faith-based and community organizations in
grant programs funded by DOJ. The task force highlights best practices,
promotes public awareness of innovative programs, and provides information
to help faith-based and community groups have an equal opportunity
to compete for grants. To learn more about DOJ's task force and other
resources for faith-based and community groups, visit www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fbci/welcome.html.
Court Coordination Program Tests New Concept
OJJDP's new Court Coordination Program is an innovative approach
to helping juvenile and family courts provide more coordinated, individualized
services to youth with multiple needs. OJJDP Administrator J. Robert
Flores initiated the court coordination concept based on discussions
with judges and court administrators. Beginning in 2005, the program
will be pilot tested in eight communities. Pilot project participants
attended a 2-day orientation session in Washington, DC, during April.
The pilot project is exploring whether a coordinator in the court
structure can leverage the court's authority to improve service delivery
and outcomes for juveniles in cases that require intensive, specialized
care from more than one agency. The coordinator will seek to coordinate
services from service providers such as community mental health,
social services, education, and health agencies.
One purpose of the pilot project is to assess the court coordination
approach as an alternative to increasing specialization in juvenile
and family court mandates. The project is designed to develop an
additional option for judgesnot a one-size-fits-all solution.
OJJDP recognizes that every jurisdiction is different and seeks to
accommodate those differences through a flexible approach. Pilot
sites will work with OJJDP in designing guidelines to help other
jurisdictions implement the court coordination approach.
The Court Coordination Program pilot project has two
tiers of sites. Tier 1 sites will receive OJJDP funding
to hire a coordinator and cover related expenses ($60,000
the first year; $40,000 the second year; and $20,000
the third year). Tier 2 sites will receive technical
assistance in developing their strategies and identifying
funding streams to pay for a coordinator.
Tier 1 Sites
Albany, NY: Family Court.
Miami-Dade, FL: 11th Circuit Juvenile Court.
Multnomah County, OR: 4th Circuit Court.
New Orleans, LA: Orleans Parish Juvenile Court.
Tier 2 Sites
Buffalo/Erie County, NY.
Cleveland/Cuyahoga County, OH.
Indianapolis/Marion County, IN.
San Jose/Santa Clara County, CA
Desired outcomes for the Court Coordination Program include the
- More efficient, effective delivery of services.
- Speedier resolution of cases.
- Reduced recidivism rates.
The project will also explore the potential of the court coordination
concept for reducing disproportionate minority contact.
The sites chosen to participate in the Court Coordination Program
have strong leadership both in their courts and in their Weed and
Seed projects.* By choosing sites with these demonstrated
strengths, OJJDP hopes to provide solid examples of the benefits
this kind of collaboration can bringexamples that can serve
as models for other localities.
The Court Coordination Program is also an opportunity for OJJDP
to model the cooperative approach it recommends to others. In addition
to working with the Weed and Seed sites and their U.S. Attorneys,
OJJDP is partnering with other federal agencies such as the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services. This coordination of federal
resource streams is designed to improve local courts' access to these
resources on behalf of the children who come to the attention of
the courts. Pilot communities will be connected with other Department
of Justice (DOJ) activities, such as OJJDP's formula-funded technical
assistance. Courts involved in the program will receive training
and technical assistance designed to help them access and coordinate
Administrator Flores views the April orientation session for the
Court Coordination Program as the beginning of partnerships on several
levels, both within sites and between sites. Part of the program's
objective is to help develop working relationships that will benefit
local partners for decades to come.
For additional information about OJJDP's Court Coordination Program,
*Administered by the Community Capacity Development
Office within the Office of Justice Programs, Weed and Seed is a community-based
coordination initiative to prevent and control crime and improve the
quality of life.
EUDL Program To Host National Leadership Conference
OJJDP’s Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) Program, featured
in the March/April 2005 issue of OJJDP
News @ a Glance, will host its sixth annual leadership
conference for EUDL-funded states and communities in Tucson, AZ,
August 1820, 2005. The theme of the conference is "Law Enforcement
and Communities: Sustaining Progress, Blazing New Trails." The conference
will highlight successful efforts to prevent underage drinking. Plenary
and workshop sessions will offer guidance on how to establish linkages
between law enforcement agencies and community advocates, develop
a strategic plan, and document successes.
Conference planners encourage all professionals and volunteers concerned
with underage drinkingincluding state coordinators, enforcement
officers and executives, youth, government officials, staff of community-based
organizations, and othersto attend the August event. More than
900 participants are expected.
Conference details and registration materials are available at the
conference Web page (http://www.dgimeetings.com/nlc/index.htm). Deadline
for early registration is July 15. Information is also available
through the conference hotline (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or
All publications may be viewed and downloaded at ojjdp.ncjrs.org/publications. Print
publications may also be ordered from the Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse
(order online at puborder.ncjrs.org or
Juvenile Firesetting: A Research Overview. [link to pub
URL when available] Outlines research and theories related to juvenile
firesetting, identifies limitations of the research, and recommends
(Bulletin. May 2005. NCJ 207606.)
Annual Report 20032004. Describes OJJDP's activities
and accomplishments during fiscal years (FY) 2003 and 2004. Also
summarizes the latest information available on juveniles taken
into custody and lists OJJDP publications released during FY
(Report. December 2004. NCJ 206630.)
Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide (2004 Update, Spanish
Translation). [link to pub URL when available] Provides parents
with insights into what families should do when a child is missing.
Written by parents and family members who have experienced the
disappearance of a child firsthand.
(Cuando Su Niño Desaparece:
Una Guía Para la Supervivencia de la Familia. Report.
May 2004 Update. NCJ 206837.)
Featured Series: Juvenile Justice Practices
Launched in September 2003, OJJDP's online Juvenile Justice Practices
series is an important online resource for juvenile justice policymakers,
funding decisionmakers, and professionals who develop and administer
programs for youth. The Bulletins in this series distill the latest
informationresearch findings, lessons learned, promising practices,
useful tools, and organizational resourcesfor specific juvenile
justice program areas.
To date, Juvenile Justice Practices Bulletins have addressed aftercare
(reentry) services, access to legal counsel, and state ombudsman
programs. Currently in the publication pipeline are Bulletins on
community-based secure facilities for violent juvenile offenders,
deinstitutionalization of status offenders, and alternatives to detention
Juvenile Justice Practices Bulletins are available through the OJJDP
Web site's publications
page (search on "Juvenile Justice Practices Series").
The following is a brief summary of OJJDP's recent funding activities.
Be sure to check the Current
Funding section of the OJJDP Web site for the latest news
on OJJDP funding opportunities. To receive e-mail notification of
new funding opportunities, subscribe
Juvenile and Family Drug Court Program Grants
The Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program provides financial and
technical assistance to states, state courts, local courts, units
of local government, and Indian tribal governments to develop and
implement drug courts that integrate substance abuse treatment, mandatory
drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services.
OJJDP administers the family and juvenile components of the Drug
Court Program and is currently reviewing FY 2005 grant applications
for the following: Family
Drug Court Implementation Program, Juvenile
Drug Court Implementation Program, and Single
Jurisdiction Juvenile or Family Drug Court Enhancement Program.
The application deadline was May 20, 2005.
National Evaluation of Safe Start Program
OJJDP soon will begin reviewing proposals for the design of the Evaluation
of the Safe Start: Promising Approaches for Children Exposed
to Violence and expects to announce an award in summer
2005. The selected design will be implemented over 5 years, with
a budget of up to $1 million for the first 12 months of work
(approximately September 1, 2005August 31, 2006). May 7
was the deadline for registering to submit an application; June
7 is the application deadline.
Reentry Initiative Grants To Support Faith-Based and
Community Transitional Services for Former Prisoners
The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL's) Employment and Training Administration
has announced the availability of up to $19.8 million to be competitively
awarded for projects that carry out the Prisoner Reentry Initiative.
The initiative seeks to reduce recidivism by helping nonviolent prisoners
find work and stable housing when they return to their communities.
Collaboratively developed by the Departments of Labor, Justice, Housing
and Urban Development, and Health and Human Services, the solicitation
seeks strategies that draw on the unique strengths of faith-based
and community organizations. Generally, grantees should plan to serve
individuals 18 years old and older who have been convicted as an
adult and imprisoned and who have never been convicted of a violent
or sex-related offense. DOL will award grants to faith-based and
community organizations to carry out this demonstration. OJP will
subsequently award competitive grants to state agencies to provide
prerelease services to prisoners who will be returning to communities
served by the DOL grants. The competition for grants will remain
open until July 13, 2005, with awards to follow. For more information
and to download a copy of the solicitation, please visit http://www.doleta.gov/sga/sga.cfm.
News From the Coordinating Council
The Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
is an independent body within the executive branch of the federal
government. The Council's primary functions are to coordinate federal
juvenile delinquency prevention programs, federal programs and activities
that detain or care for unaccompanied juveniles, and federal programs
relating to missing and exploited children.
The Council's most recent quarterly meeting was held June 3, 2005,
at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in
Washington, DC. The meeting agenda included remarks by HUD Secretary
Alphonso Jackson, a discussion of coordination efforts in furtherance
of the White House Task Force for Disadvantaged Youth, and presentations
by youth-serving organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters
of America, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., Boy Scouts of America, and
the National 4-H Council. Robin Delany-Shabazz, recently named Director
of OJJDP’s Concentration of Federal Efforts Program, was introduced
as the Council’s new Designated Federal Officer.
The Council's quarterly meetings are open to the public. Notices
about upcoming meetings are featured in the Federal
detailed information about the Council's mission, meeting announcements
and summaries, and links to related resources.
|The Council is composed
of the Attorney General (who serves as chairperson); the
Administrator of OJJDP (vice chairperson); the Secretaries
of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, and Housing
and Urban Development; the Director of the Office of National
Drug Control Policy; and the Chief Executive Officer of
the Corporation for National and Community Service. Nine
expert practitioners appointed by the President, the Senate
Majority Leader, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives
also serve as Council members.
News From the Federal Advisory
Committee on Juvenile Justice
The Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice is a consultative
body established by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Act of 2002 and supported by OJJDP. Composed of representatives nominated
by the Governors, the Committee advises the President and Congress
on matters related to juvenile justice, evaluates the progress and
accomplishments of juvenile justice activities and projects, and
advises the OJJDP Administrator on the work of OJJDP.
The Committee's most recent meeting took place in Albuquerque, NM,
on May 1618, 2005. The meeting began with opening remarks and
greetings from Advisory Committee Chairperson David Schmidt, OJJDP
Administrator J. Robert Flores, and David Iglesias, U.S. Attorney
for the District of New Mexico. Members considered recommendations
for the Committee's 2005 Annual Reports. Members also heard presentations
on issues related to Indian Country, including a panel discussion
on federal resources and comments by New Mexico Native American youth.
Robin Delany-Shabazz, recently named Director of OJJDP’s Concentration
of Federal Efforts Program, was introduced as the Committee’s
new Designated Federal Officer.
Meeting summaries and other information about the Advisory Committee
are available on the Committee's Web
OJJDP Staff News
Robin Delany-Shabazz has been named Director, Concentration
of Federal Efforts Program, within OJJDP. In her new position, she
will serve as Designated Federal Officer for both the Federal Advisory
Committee on Juvenile Justice and the Coordinating Council on Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Most recently, Ms. Delany-Shabazz
worked as the Child Abuse and Neglect Program Coordinator in OJJDP's
Child Protection Division. In that capacity and in her prior positions
with OJJDP, she focused on policy and program development and supported
a number of national and local initiatives through funding and technical
assistance agreements. Ms. Delany-Shabazz is an applied anthropologist
with a background in prevention; youth development; community, systems,
and organizational change; management and planning; issues analysis;
and research, marketing, and communication.
Elissa Rumsey is OJJDP's new Compliance Monitor Coordinator
within the State Relations and Assistance Division (SRAD). Ms. Rumsey
joined OJJDP in 1997, first serving in the Office's former Research
and Program Development Division. In 1999, she became a State Representative
and in that capacity helped states achieve compliance with the Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Ms. Rumsey has served as
an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore, teaching courses
on "Solutions to Youth Problems" and "Adult and Juvenile Corrections." Ms.
Rumsey holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University
of California at Berkeley and a master's degree in criminal justice
from Northeastern University in Boston.
Kerri Strug joined the OJJDP staff in March as a special
assistant. Ms. Strug is a presidential appointee who comes to OJJDP
from the Office of the General Counsel at the Treasury Department.
She also has worked as a staff assistant with the Office of Presidential
Student Correspondence. Ms. Strug received her bachelor's and master's
degrees from Stanford University and was an elementary school teacher
in the San Francisco Bay area before moving to Washington, DC, in
2003. A native of Tucson, AZ, Ms. Strug is a former Olympics gymnast.
At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, GA, she was part of the first
U.S. women's gymnastics team to win the all-around gold medal.