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Federal Symposium: Fourth National Symposium on Victims of Federal Crime

Since 1997, OVC has supported a federal symposium to develop strategies that more effectively leverage resources across agencies to better serve victims of federal crime. The goals of the fourth National Symposium on Victims of Federal Crime, which is scheduled for the week of March 7, 2005, are to improve participants' effectiveness in assisting federal victims and, consequently, to enhance victim satisfaction with and participation in the criminal justice system. The symposium is the most important training conference for victim assistance personnel working with victims of federal crime. It will bring together more than 1,000 individuals from diverse sectors of the federal and military criminal justice systems, as well as nongovernmental victim service providers, to explore promising practices, coordinate and network with other victim service providers, and learn about resources to help victims. Participants will learn from national experts about the latest promising practices being developed to help federal victims access and use services and resources. Some of the topics that will be covered include fundamental victim services, basic resources, victim sensitivity, communication skills, victim notification system, and the Attorney General Guidelines. Other key discussions will address the unique needs of particular victim populations, interagency collaboration, program development, legislation, promising practices for cutting-edge issues, new technology, mentoring, and leadership. Conference participants include victim advocates, mental health practitioners, law enforcement officers, criminal investigators, prosecutors, correctional officers, members of the clergy, physicians, and persons assisting federal and military victims, victims of trafficking in persons, and victims in Indian Country. For more information, contact OVC's Federal Assistance Division and American Indian/Alaska Natives at 202-307-5983.

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