OJJDP Welcomes Fellows

With fiscal year 2010 funding, OJJDP has awarded fellowships in two of the Office's priority areas: tribal youth and juvenile justice, and children's exposure to violence (CEV). The 1-year fellowships are designed for professionals in the juvenile justice field to gain exposure to issues in policy, practice, and research at the national level while offering their expertise in the development of the Office's policy and programs. The fellowship recipients are working onsite at OJJDP in Washington, DC.

"The program provides fellows the opportunity to work closely with federal staff and grantees in a mutually beneficial exchange of information and perspectives," said Jeff Slowikowski, OJJDP's Acting Administrator.

The tribal youth fellowship helps the Office improve its partnership with federally recognized tribes on tribal justice matters and in support of tribal children and youth. The fellow coordinates efforts within OJJDP, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and across federal agencies to better address the needs of tribal communities. Two current areas of focus are the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's recommendations for enhancing federal practice regarding at-risk and delinquent tribal youth; and an indepth analysis of the 2010 Tribal Law and Order Act to identify areas for OJJDP advocacy and for recommendations on implementation.

The CEV fellow supports OJJDP's efforts in the area of children's exposure to violence by collaborating with practitioners, researchers, and trainers with expertise in children's exposure to violence to help implement cross-agency strategies, policies, and evidence-based practices. Exposure to violence includes being a victim of violence or a witness to violence and encompasses abuse, neglect or child maltreatment, domestic violence, and community violence. Among other activities, the fellow supports OJJDP's Safe Start Center and DOJ's new Defending Childhood initiative by helping design, develop, and assess initiatives and training programs, conduct research and evaluations, develop policy, and engage in outreach and awareness activities. The fellow also assists in the development of reports and publications.

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For more information on the fellowship in tribal youth and justice, contact OJJDP's tribal youth coordinator. To learn more about the CEV fellowship, contact the CEV program manager.