The National Indian Country Training Initiative, in partnership with Mending the Sacred Hoop and AEquitas, both Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) funded Technical Assistance providers, announces the National Institute on the Prosecution of Domestic Violence in Indian Country (NIPDVIC).  The training will be held February 26 - March 1, 2019, at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.  Travel and lodging accommodations will be paid for by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Education.

The Institute is a three and one-half day course designed to challenge federal, state, and tribal prosecutors and tribal attorneys to reevaluate their approach to prosecuting domestic violence.  NIPDVIC explores the complex issues faced by prosecutors in balancing offender accountability and the impact of criminal prosecution on victims. In addition to practical
case evaluation and trial advocacy skills, the curriculum addresses the development and improvement of culturally sensitive victim responses by prosecutors; examines the benefits of developing a coordinated community and tribal/federal response; explains common injuries, relevant medical evidence and offers guidance on the use of medical experts; provides guidance in evidence-based prosecution methods; explores ethical issues confronted by prosecutors; and offers prosecutors the ability to redefine outcomes and the very nature of justice in domestic violence cases.   

Priority consideration will be given to tribal prosecutors serving as SAUSAs or working for a tribe seeking a SAUSA position with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  Licensed attorneys and lay counsel are both eligible to attend this training.
1Please type your information below:
2Are you currently employed as an AUSA, tribal prosecutor or tribal attorney?
3Are you a licensed attorney?
4Do you serve as a lay counsel or lay advocate in tribal court proceedings?
5Are you a tribal SAUSA?
6Are you (or is your tribe) seeking to implement a tribal SAUSA position with the USAO?
7Are you currently assigned domestic violence cases?
8How many years of experience do you have prosecuting domestic violence cases?

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