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OJJDP News @ A Glance
January | February 2010

printer friendly version button   Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  ·  Jeff Slowikowski, Acting Administrator
News in Brief

Mark Your Calendar: National Conference on Juvenile and Family Law

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The National Conference on Juvenile and Family Law will convene in Las Vegas, NV, March 14–17, 2010, at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Organized by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), the conference will focus on interdisciplinary programming and a broad array of other educational programs on the challenges faced by children and families. The many allied organizations collaborating with NCJFCJ in the conference include the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (Georgetown University), the Council of Juvenile Correction Administrators, the Family Justice Center Alliance, Fox Valley Technical College, the National Association of Youth Courts, National Court Appointed Special Advocates, the National Juvenile Court Services Association, and the Vera Institute of Justice.

Highlights of the conference will include an opening plenary session led by Stuart A. Forsyth, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Forsyth is a leading authority on the long-term implications for the juvenile justice system of current decisions in key areas such as technology and client relations. In addition, Jerry Tello, Director of the National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute and an internationally recognized expert in family strengthening and violence prevention, will discuss the importance of tailoring system-reform efforts to the specific needs of individual cultural groups. The closing plenary session will focus on the need to bridge research and practice through building collaborative relationships across disciplines. The session will feature researchers from the National Center for Juvenile Justice and the Vera Institute's Center on Youth Justice, as well as practitioners in the fields of probation, court administration, and public policy. Visit the NCJFCJ Web site for registration information and the conference brochure.

Orientation for New Grantees Scheduled

OJJDP will hold a New Grant Recipient Orientation Training on April 6–7, 2010, in Washington, DC. The training will familiarize grant recipients with OJJDP and provide attendees the information and resources they need to manage their grants more effectively. The 2-day session will offer participants direct access to OJJDP grant managers, who will be available to answer questions and work with attendees throughout the training sessions. Agenda items include performance measurement, reporting requirements, grant fraud, sustainability of programs, financial monitoring, working with grant managers, networking, and maximizing OJJDP resources.

OJJDP's Safe Start Center Wins Design Award

Safe Start logo The OJJDP Safe Start Center Web site has received a MarCom Gold Award for design. The Web site provides news and resources to practitioners, researchers, and policymakers who work to help children exposed to violence. These children may experience violence as a victim or witness in their home, school, or community. Safe Start online resources include links to recent research, reports, Web sites, training manuals, and best-practice guidelines for practitioners. Several publications on the site also received MarCom creative awards, including the Center's Issue Brief #2: Pediatric Case Settings, which received a Platinum Award; and Issue Brief #1: Understanding Children's Exposure to Violence and Healing the Invisible Wounds: Children's Exposure to Violence, both of which received Gold Awards. The Safe Start Web site was recently redesigned to meet the latest Web standards and best practices. It displays a rotating banner with the latest news, publications, and research about children exposed to violence. In addition, it allows users to interact with the Safe Start Center through links to social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Student Interns Hold Fundraising Event To Support Shelter for Young Victims of Sex Trafficking

OJJDP student intern Lauren Garcia and other interns sponsored by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars held a fundraising event on December 3, 2009, to support Courtney's House, a grassroots organization that helps girls between the ages of 12 and 17 who have been trafficked into the commercial sex industry in the United States. The event, which included games, prizes, and raffles, was held at Rumors Restaurant in Washington, DC. The funds raised are contributing to the development of the organization's group home, the first of its kind in the DC metropolitan area. Expected to open in June 2010, the home will offer girls critical social, mental health, and other services to help them overcome their past and work toward achieving a successful future. Courtney's House hopes to respond to the need for additional group homes in other metropolitan areas in the United States in the next few years.

Ms. Garcia was inspired to plan the fundraising event by President Barack Obama's call to "a spirit of service" in his inaugural speech. "It is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all," the President said. "For as much as government can do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies."

"This event started as a small topic of conversation. We had no idea that it would be this successful," Ms. Garcia said. Individuals from all over the DC area showed up to support the event.

For more information about Courtney's House, please contact Tina Frundt, the organization's founder and director.