Upcoming Events

Children's Justice & SafetyRegister Now: OJJDP's National Conference: October 12–14, 2011

OJJDP will hold its National Conference at the Gaylord Hotel & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. The conference will bring together juvenile justice practitioners and policymakers from across the country to share current trends and promising practices in the juvenile justice field. For more information about the conference, see the article entitled "Mark Your Calendars: OJJDP's National Conference" in this issue. Registration is free and available online.

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day: May 3, 2011

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2011Young children exposed to five or more significant adversities in the first 3 years of childhood face a 76-percent likelihood of having one or more delays in their cognitive, language, or emotional development. With help from families, providers, and the community, young children can demonstrate resilience when dealing with trauma. National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is a day to join communities, organizations, agencies, and individuals nationwide in raising awareness that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development from birth. On Awareness Day 2010, more than 1,000 sites observed the day with special events, and nearly 11,000 children and youth participated. This year, the national theme will focus on building resilience in young children dealing with trauma. To learn more about National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2011, go to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Web site.

National Conference on Combating Child Exploitation: May 17–20, 2011

ICAC conference logo This year's conference, to be held in San Jose, CA, is being organized jointly by the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ's) Project Safe Childhood and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force program. The conference will include more than 150 lecture sessions and more than 70 interactive computer lab workshops. Training will be provided to Project Safe Childhood coalitions, ICAC task forces, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the areas of investigation, forensics, prosecution, community outreach, and capacity-building. Participants will have the opportunity to hear keynote speakers, participate in interactive panel discussions, and network with other law enforcement agency personnel and prosecutors who are dedicated to combating child exploitation. There will also be an exhibit hall that will present the latest technologies available in the field of child protection. More information is available on the conference Web site.

Coalition for Juvenile Justice's Spring Conference: May 20–24, 2011

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice will hold its annual spring conference in Washington, DC. The conference will address current themes in sentencing reform, the needs of status offenders, juvenile life without parole, efforts to reduce racial/ethnic disparities, and more. A special screening on the first night of the conference will feature the documentary, "Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story," the story of a girl arrested for murder. The session will feature a question-and-answer period with the film's director, Daniel Birman, and a panel of responders. Registration is available online.

Missing Children's Day Ceremony: May 25, 2011

Building Our Missing Children Home SafelyThe U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will hold its annual Missing Children's Day ceremony in DOJ's Great Hall. Planned and managed by OJJDP, the commemoration will include remarks by Deputy Attorney General James Cole, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs Laurie O. Robinson, OJJDP Acting Administrator Jeff Slowikowski, and Ernie Allen, President and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Mika Moulton, the parent of an abducted child and founder of Christopher's Clubhouse, a community safety education program, will also speak. Among its other highlights, the ceremony honors law enforcement personnel and private citizens for their outstanding contributions to the effort to recover missing children. For more information about the ceremony, contact OJJDP.

National Sexual Assault Response Team Training Conference: May 25–27, 2011

SART Conference logoOJJDP, in collaboration with the Office for Victims of Crime and the SANE-SART Resource Service, will sponsor the Sixth National Sexual Assault Response Team Training Conference, "SART: Together We Can!". The conference will focus on helping sexual assault response teams assist sexual assault victims, hold sex offenders accountable for their crimes, and prevent further sexual assault in their communities. A featured conference track will highlight issues surrounding sexual assault in Indian country. Other panels will discuss child protection, crime scene investigation, victims' rights, stalking, sex offender typologies, and more. Registration is available online.

International Training on Local Youth Courts/Teen Courts: June 7–9, 2011

Global Youth Justice and the National African American Drug Policy Coalition will hold the training, "Establish or Enhance a Local Teen Court/Youth Court Diversion Program", in Las Vegas, NV. Topics to be covered include training adult and youth volunteers, offering quality community service programs, mock family-intake meetings, implementing operational and administrative procedures, identifying funding and resources opportunities, legal and liability issues, partnerships with MOUs, program evaluation/satisfaction, juvenile referral sources, grant writing, and identifying public and private resources. For more information about registration, go to the Global Youth Justice Web site.

Annual Drug Court Training Conference: July 17–20, 2011

The conference, hosted by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, will be held at the Gaylord Hotel & Convention Center at the National Harbor complex just outside Washington, DC. The conference will include more than 20 tracks and 175 sessions in addition to a rally on Capitol Hill designed to raise awareness of the importance of the work of drug courts. Following the rally, participants will head to the halls of Congress to meet with Members and staff. To register for this event, go to the conference Web site.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Conference: July 24–27, 2011

NCJFCJThe National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges will hold its 74th annual conference in New York City. The mission of the conference is to provide cutting-edge information and tools to juvenile and family courts to support their efforts to improve case processing and outcomes for children, youth, families, victims, and communities. For more information, please contact the conference's planning and marketing department at 775–784–6012.

National Conference on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention: August 23–25, 2011

The 12th National Conference on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention will take place at the Marriott Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. Sponsored by the National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC), the conference will include presentations by nationally renowned experts on current research and trends in preventing child sexual abuse and commercial exploitation. Registration is available online. For more information about the conference, contact NCAC.