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OJJDP sponsored three national conferences during August and September 2005.

Crimes Against ChildrenAnnual Conference Explores Strategies for Combating Child Victimization

The 17th annual Crimes Against Children Conference was held August 15–17 in Dallas, TX. Sponsored by OJJDP and presented by the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and the Dallas Police Department, the conference brought together hundreds of law enforcement officers and others who work directly with cases involving crimes against children. Participants attended workshops on investigative techniques, legal issues, and other topics.

The 4th annual Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Conference was held in conjunction with the annual Crimes Against Children Conference. OJJDP Administrator J. Robert Flores addressed the opening session of the ICAC gathering. Mr. Flores stressed the need for continued efforts to address child exploitation and thanked the participants for all their work in protecting our nation's children.

National Leadership Conference Highlights Underage Drinking Prevention Efforts

Administrator Flores also addressed participants at the OJJDP Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center's 6th Annual National Leadership Conference, held August 18–20 in Tucson, AZ. The theme of the conference was "Law Enforcement and Communities: Sustaining Progress, Blazing New Trails." Plenary and workshop sessions offered guidance on how to establish linkages between law enforcement agencies and community advocates, develop a strategic plan, and document success at the local level.

Philadelphia Conference Focuses on School Violence Prevention

The Hamilton Fish Institute presented "Persistently Safe Schools," a comprehensive conference covering the latest research and practices in school violence prevention, September 11–14, in Philadelphia, PA. The goal of this annual OJJDP-sponsored conference, which brings together teachers, researchers, and school administrators from across the nation, is to translate the latest research on school violence and its prevention into improved professional practice and strategies for schools. Administrator Flores gave a keynote address on the conference's third day. He emphasized the need to continue the coordination of services for at-risk youth to help prevent violence and encourage positive youth development.




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