Conferences in Indian Country
To advance Indian Country victim initiatives, OVC has provided speakers, logistical support, and attendee scholarships for district-specific training conferences in Indian Country (the conferences are sponsored by the U.S. Attorneys' Offices). In FYs 2005 and 2006, the Executive Office for United States Attorneys sponsored more than 10 training conferences. Conference attendees included native and nonnative service providers, law enforcement officials, mental health professionals, tribal prosecutors, tribal elders, and tribal victim advocates.
Training topics included family violence and child exploitation, methamphetamine- and drug-endangered children, sexual assault and stalking, Internet crimes, identity theft, and human trafficking. Attendees will use the training to improve their skills, learn about victim resources, and learn ways to improve collaboration among tribal, state, and federal agencies involved with victims. The conferences offer opportunities for invaluable links between members of various American Indian tribes and federal agencies and, as a result, are a critical element in providing direct services and meeting the needs of underserved victims in Indian Country. (See also “Promising Practices, District-Specific Training Program.”)