News and Announcements


JANUARY 12, 2018

Next 2018 CTAS webinars are Jan. 16 & 18 – Register now!

To provide guidance on the Fiscal Year 2018 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), the Department of Justice is sponsoring 10 webinars that will educate applicants on CTAS application requirements for specific purpose areas, as well as meeting grant budgetary requirements and preparing strategies to access grant funds to strengthen tribal justice system capacity.

The next two webinars are: Tuesday, Jan. 16, and Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018; both begin at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Details, including URLs to register for these webinars, are located below:

 

Accessing Grant Funds to Strengthen Tribal Justice Capacity Webinar

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at 1 p.m. EST (U.S. and Canada)

 

This webinar focuses on strategies to:

  • Read and comprehend a complex grant solicitation;
  • Coordinate a robust grant-writing team;
  • Identify and articulate the needs of your community through data-driven processes;
  • Generate and capture ideas and solutions from your community; and
  • Organize key community players to execute the proposed program.

***To register now, please visit the following link (link is external).

 

FY 2018 CTAS Application: Purpose Area 2, 3, & 4 Webinar

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at 1 p.m. EST (U.S. and Canada)

 

The key goals of this webinar are to:

  • Provide a general overview of CTAS Purpose Areas 2, 3, & 4;
  • Highlight key application and purpose area requirements;
  • Identify tools and resources for applicants that will facilitate the application process;
  • Provide an opportunity for applicants to ask CTAS-related questions; and
  • Discuss how the FY 2018 solicitation differs from the CTAS solicitations from previous years.

***To register now, please visit the following link (link is external).

 

Finally, to register for any of the 10 webinars, please visit: https://www.justice.gov/tribal/webinars.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2018

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRIBAL COMMUNITIES

Grants Available to Support Public Safety Projects in Indian Country 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Justice today announced the opening of the grant solicitation period for comprehensive funding to federally-recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and tribal consortia to support public safety, victim services and crime prevention.

The Department’s Fiscal Year 2018 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation, or “CTAS,” posts today at https://www.justice.gov/tribal/open-solicitations. The solicitation contains details about available grants and describes how tribes, tribal consortia and Alaskan villages can apply for the funds.

The funding can be used to enhance law enforcement; bolster adult and juvenile justice systems; prevent and control juvenile delinquency; serve native victims of crimes such as child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse; and support other efforts to combat crime.

“We’re proud to offer American Indian and Alaska Native communities opportunities to continue to improve public safety, better serve victims of crime, and strengthen criminal justice systems,” said Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand.  “CTAS projects support Native American women, ensure tribal self-determination, and further our shared goals of safe and secure communities for American Indian and Alaska Native peoples.”

Applications for CTAS are submitted online through the Department’s Grants Management System. Applicants must register with the Grants Management System prior to submitting an application. The application deadline is 9:00 p.m. EST, March 20, 2018.

For the FY 2018 CTAS, applicants will submit a single application and select from any or all of the nine competitive grant programs referred to as “purpose areas.” This approach allows the Department’s grant-making components to consider the totality of a tribal nation’s overall public safety needs.

The nine purpose areas are:

  • Public Safety and Community Policing
  • Comprehensive Tribal Justice Systems Strategic Planning
  • Justice Systems and Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • Tribal Justice System Infrastructure Program
  • Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program
  • Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities
  • Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program
  • Juvenile Justice Wellness Courts
  • Tribal Youth Program

In an effort to provide guidance on the Fiscal Year 2018 CTAS, the Department is sponsoring a series of webinars to educate applicants on CTAS application requirements. For details, including how to register for these webinars, visit https://www.justice.gov/tribal/open-solicitations for the webinar schedule.

Additionally, tribes and tribal consortia may also be eligible for non-tribal federal grant programs and are encouraged to explore other funding opportunities, which may be found at DOJ’s Tribal Justice and Safety website at https://www.justice.gov/tribal/open-solicitations or the www.grants.gov website.

CTAS is administered by the Department’s Offices of Justice Programs, Community Oriented Policing Services, and Violence Against Women.

Today’s announcement is part of the DOJ’s ongoing initiative to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in tribal communities.

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DECEMBER 20, 2018

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program (Rural) Solicitation

The FY 2018 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program (Rural) solicitation is now open and posted on OVW’s website and Grants.gov.

Applications are due January 31, 2018.

Email ovw.rural@usdoj.gov with any questions about the solicitation.

View the Solicitation on the OVW Website.

Posted on Grants.gov.


DECEMBER 11, 2018

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 OVW Grants to Provide Legal Assistance for Victims

Funds are available for civil and criminal legal assistance for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Grants can be used to provide victims with access to appropriately trained legal representation for the broad spectrum of legal issues survivors encounter, such as child custody issues, campus administrative or protection/stay away orders, immigration, administrative agency proceedings, and assistance related to human trafficking.

Eligible to Apply: Private nonprofit entities, publicly funded organizations, tribal and territorial organizations, and tribal governments.

Register by: Jan 5, 2017

Apply by: Feb 1, 2017

Read and Download the Solicitation

View the Funding Opportunity


Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand Trip to Ottawa, Canada for Trilateral Summit on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls

Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand traveled to Ottawa, Canada on Thursday, Nov. 30, to lead the U.S. delegation in the Trilateral Summit on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls.  This is the second meeting of the trilateral working group.  The first was hosted by the U.S. in 2016 and next year’s meeting will be in 2018, hosted by Mexico.

Associate Attorney General Brand met with Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Canada’s Crown-Indigenous and Northern Affairs and Ismerai Betanzos Ordaz, Indigenous Rights Coordinator, Mexican Commission on the Development of Indigenous Rights.

“Tackling the issue of violence against Indigenous women and girls in our region and in the U.S. is not only a matter of criminal justice, but a moral imperative,” said Associate Attorney General Brand.

During the event, the three countries agreed to continue to prioritize the discussions, committing to continue the dialogue in 2018. Government representatives, in partnership with Indigenous women from across North America, will participate in events during the upcoming year, in preparation for the next meeting, which will be hosted by Mexico in the fall of 2018.

Themes discussed at this meeting were the importance of meaningful consultation with indigenous women regarding solutions to violence; promising practices for improving criminal justice responses to violent crimes against Indigenous women and girls; and the need for rigorous data collection to understand the full extent of domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking in Indigenous communities.

To address this need for data, Associate Attorney General Brand has directed the Department’s National Institute of Justice to adapt an ongoing study on violence in Indian Country to add an inquiry about the prevalence rates of human trafficking of American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls.

Canada, Mexico and the United States of America were also pleased to welcome Indigenous women from their respective countries to attend the event as full partners in order to ensure that their voices were included in the discussions. Indigenous women shared their experiences and perspectives, contributing to the development of outcomes for the working group.

The Department of Justice remains committed to addressing violence against indigenous women and girls in all of its forms through aggressive law enforcement and programs that serve victims.  The Department is committed to working with our international partners to share information and develop capabilities to address cross-border crimes like sex and labor trafficking together.

Associate Attorney General Brand’s visit supports the Justice Department’s continuing efforts under the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety.


NOVEMBER 28, 2017

TO: National & Regional AIAN Tribal Organizations
FROM: Office of Justice Programs Justice Programs Council on Native American Affairs
SUBJECT: Department of Justice Updated Tribal Leader Letter on DOJ Tribal Consultation

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the second DOJ Tribal Listening Session, which will take place on December 6, 2017, from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m., at the Convention Center on the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation in California.

As detailed in the Dear Tribal Leaders Letter, dated October 13, 2017, this listening session is part of a series of events to receive tribal comments on DOJ’s seven percent tribal set-aside funding, as authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-31). We encourage appointed and elected tribal officials to invite their justice and public safety staff to attend these events.

The listening session is being hosted in conjunction with the American Indian Justice Conference (AIJC), which will take place on December 7-8, 2017, at the location listed above. There is no registration fee to attend AIJC, and details on the conference may be found at https://naicja.wixsite.com/aijc. This link also provides information related to hotel accommodations and logistics.

To register for the listening session, please see the link below. Please note that if you wish to attend AIJC, you must register separately. Both registrations are now open at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-indian-justice-conference-pre-conference-events-tickets- 39451240723?aff=es2#tickets.

DOJ is tentatively planning a listening session in Alaska in the spring of 2018, and a Tribal Consultation on February 15, 2018. Please save the following date and information regarding the Tribal Consultation:

WHERE: National Congress of American Indians, Executive Council Winter Session, Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

WHEN: Thursday, February 15, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Additionally, DOJ will be hosting webinars to provide information and receive comments in early 2018; dates and times are forthcoming. If you would like to provide written comments, you may send an email and any attachments to DOJtribalfunding@usdoj.gov. Comments will be accepted until March 13, 2018. We look forward to your participation and feedback in all of the planned events.


NOVEMBER 20, 2017

Funding Opportunity: Applications Now Being Accepted for OVW FY 2018 Grants for Outreach & Services to Underserved Populations

The OVW FY 2018 Grants for Outreach & Services to Underserved Populations (Underserved) solicitation is now open on Grants.gov and posted on OVW’s website.

Eligible to apply are nonprofit organizations that are:

  • Deaf Programs
  • Religious Minority Organizations
  • LGBT Organizations
  • Culturally Specific Organizations proposing projects focused solely on sexual assault
  • Former Disability Grantees

The Underserved Program is designed to develop and implement outreach and victim services specific to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking in underserved populations. Grant funds may be used to:

  • develop or enhance population specific victim services for underserved survivors;
  • develop or enhance outreach strategies to reach underserved populations;
  • build the capacity of population specific organizations to provide services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking;
  • build the capacity of mainstream organizations to provide population specific services;
  • train and educate community partners and the criminal justice system on the needs of survivors from underserved populations; and
  • develop culturally and linguistically appropriate materials for underserved survivors.

Applicants intending to apply for FY 2018 funding under this program are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration (see the solicitation for details) by December 29, 2017.

Applications are due January 26, 2018.

View the Solicitation


NOVEMBER 16, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

Washington, DC

Nomination Deadline Extended to December 15: Task Force on Research on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women (904 Task Force)

 The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is seeking nominations for members of the Task Force on Research on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women (Task Force).

First chartered on March 31, 2008 and re-chartered on July 13, 2016, the Task Force (TF) has assisted the United States Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and OVW in the implementation of a program of research that examines violence against Indian women in Indian Country. This includes domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, murder, and sex trafficking. In addition evaluating the effectiveness of federal, state, tribal and local responses to these crimes.

By statute, Task Force members must be representatives of one of the following entities:

  • Tribal Governments
  • National tribal domestic violence and sexual assault non-profit organizations
  • National tribal organizations

The Task Force is a working body. Task Force members:

  • Provide valuable feedback on NIJ’s program of research priorities, research design strategies, research and evaluation protocol issues
  • Provide research and evaluation findings from studies that shape programs
  • Assist NIJ and OVW with disseminating results that will influence policy and practice
  • Produce reports and other important documents

Task Force members are expected to:

  • Attend meetings that usually last 1-2 days
  • Be prepared to discuss topics and materials distributed in advance of each meeting
  • Draft written recommendations and reports

Additional information on the Task Force can be found on the OVW and NIJ websites at: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/section-904-task-force and https://www.nij.gov/topics/tribal- justice/vaw-research/pages/task-force.aspx

For each nominee:

  • The nominating entity should submit a cover letter recommending the individual to serve and explaining the individual’s qualifications to serve on the Task Force
  • Submit a copy of the individual’s current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Successfully complete the vetting process, which will include a telephone interview, public records search, and forwarding the nominees’ names to the Attorney General for selection, for his approval.

The cover letter and supporting documentation should be submitted by e-mail to OVW.taskforce@usdoj.gov no later than December 15, 2017. Please feel free to contact the OVW Tribal Affairs at Christopher.Alston@usdoj.gov for questions or additional information regarding the nomination process.


NOVEMBER 8, 2017

Funding Opportunity: OVW Fiscal Year 2018 Justice for Families Program Solicitation

View the Grant Announcement

The Grants to Support Families in the Justice System program (referred to as the Justice for Families Program) was authorized in the Violence Against Womehttps://mshoop.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=93ce363cff2139c3b56f345dc&id=bdc4c0e5bc&e=0c1f94c97dn Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 to improve the response of all aspects of the civil and criminal justice system to families with a history of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, or in cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse.

The Justice for Families Program supports projects to improve the response of all aspects of the civil and criminal justice system to families with a history of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, or in cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Others (see “Additional Information on Eligibility” below)
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • State governments

“Additional Information on Eligibility”: States, units of local government, courts (including juvenile courts), Indian tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, legal services, providers, and victim service providers.

Applications Due: December 20, 2017
11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

View the Solicitation


Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office

District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OCTOBER 12, 2017

Non-Indian Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Navajo Woman – Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

ALBUQUERQUE – Mark Silva, 48, of Sundance, N.M., pled guilty this morning in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a sexual abuse charge.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Silva will be sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.  Silva will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Silva was arrested on April 4, 2017, on an indictment charging him with sexual abuse on May 1, 2016, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County, N.M.

During today’s proceedings, Silva pled guilty to the indictment and admitted that on May 1, 2016, he sexually abused a Navajo woman.  Silva further admitted that he engaged in the sexual act while knowing that the victim was incapable of declining participation in or communicating unwillingness to engage in the sexual act.  Silva remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Gallup office of the FBI.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Spindle pursuant to the Tribal Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (Tribal SAUSA) Pilot Project in the District of New Mexico which is sponsored by the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women under a grant administered by the Pueblo of Laguna.  The Tribal SAUSA Pilot Project seeks to train tribal prosecutors in federal law, procedure and investigative techniques to increase the likelihood that every viable violent offense against Native women is prosecuted in either federal court or tribal court, or both.  The Tribal SAUSA Pilot Project was largely driven by input gathered from annual tribal consultations on violence against women, and is another step in the Justice Department’s on-going efforts to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in tribal communities.

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

Washington, DC

Call for Nominations to the Task Force on Research on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is seeking nominations for members of the Task Force on Research on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women (Task Force). First chartered on March 31, 2008, the Task Force has assisted the United States Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and OVW in the implementation of a program of research that examines violence against Indian women in Indian Country, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, murder, and sex trafficking, and in evaluating the effectiveness of federal, state, tribal and local responses to these crimes. The Task Force was authorized by Section 904(a)(3) of the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (Pub. L. No. 109-162) and is subject to the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. To ensure that the Department of Justice continues to receive timely advice from the Task Force, the Task Force was re-chartered and filed with Congress. on July 13, 2016.

The Task Force last met in March of 2013. Because so much time had passed since the last Task Force meeting, some members could no longer serve. In October of 2016, OVW sought nominations for new Task Force members. OVW received only nine submissions in response to last year’s request for nominees; therefore we have decided to re-solicit for nominations to ensure that we have a nominee pool that reflects the entities described in the statute and that has diverse expertise and experience. By statute, Task Force members must be representatives of one of the following entities: tribal governments; national tribal domestic violence and sexual assault non-profit organizations; or national tribal organizations.

For each nominee, the nominating entity should submit a cover letter recommending the individual to serve and explaining the individual’s qualifications to serve on the Task Force, as well as a copy of the individual’s resume or curriculum vitae. The cover letter and supporting documentation should be submitted by e-mail to OVW.taskforce@usdoj.gov no later than Tuesday, November 14, 2017. OVW will conduct a vetting process on the nominations, which will include a telephone interview, public records search, input from NIJ, and forwarding the nominees’ names to the Attorney General, including those recommended by OVW for selection, for his
approval.

Task Force members have provided valuable feedback on NIJ’s program of research priorities, research design strategies, research and evaluation protocol issues, and research and evaluation findings from studies conducted to date. Moving forward, the Task Force will continue to play an important role in shaping the program and will assist NIJ and OVW with disseminating results that will influence policy and practice. The Task Force is a working body that will produce reports and other important documents. Task Force members are expected to: attend meetings that usually last 1-2 days; be prepared to discuss topics and materials distributed in advance of each meeting; and draft written recommendations and reports, as necessary. Additional information on the Task Force can be found on the OVW and NIJ websites at: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/section-904-task-force and https:/ /www.nij.gov/topics/tribal-justice/vaw-research/pages/task-force.aspx. OVW and NIJ hope to schedule the next meeting for the spring of 2018.

Please feel free to contact Sherriann C. Moore, Deputy Director of Tribal Affairs at (202) 616-0039, if you have questions regarding the nomination process.


SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

Webinar: Tribal Consultation on Violence Against Women 2017 – Why Attendance of Indian Tribes Is Urgent

When: September 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM Mountain (8am Alaska, 9am Pacific, 11am Central, 12pm Eastern).

Register for the webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8480333457274357249.

VAWA 2005 requires DOJ, HHS, and DOI to consult with Indian tribes on an annual basis. This interaction on a nation-to-nation basis has allowed tribal governments and the United States to discuss matters that at the broadest level impact the safety of Indian women, and to propose strategies to address these issues. We hope that you will join our webinar to review outstanding or emerging issues to address the most serious roadblocks to the safety of Native women and how you can voice your concerns and provide recommendations to increase accountability and enhance the safety for Native women.

Tribal Title, Section 903 Tribal Consultation Mandate
The Tribal Consultation Mandate is found in Title IX. Safety for Indian Women §903. It specifically directs the Attorney General, Secretary of HHA and Secretary of Interior to conduct an annual consultation with Indian tribal governments concerning the federal administration of tribal funds and programs established under the Violence Against Women Act. During such consultations, DOJ, HHS, and DOI are required to solicit recommendations from Indian tribes concerning three specific areas:

(1) Administering tribal funds and programs;
(2) Enhancing the safety of Indian women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking;
(3) Strengthening the federal response to such violent crimes.

In addition to these three general topics, the agencies also often release “framing papers” or consultation questions in advance of the consultation. Those have not yet been distributed, but we will circulate them as soon as they become available.

12th Annual Government to Government On Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation
When: October 3-4, 2017
Where: We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Fountain Hills, AZ

For more information go to: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/tribal-consultation. Logistical information is available at: http://ovwconsultation.org.

Click Tribal Consultation Agenda to view the agenda.


AUGUST 16, 2017

Department of Justice Announces Additional Expansion of Program to Enhance Tribal Access to National Crime Information Databases.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is continuing to expand the Tribal Access Program (TAP) for National Crime Information in FY18; TAP provides federally-recognized tribes access to national crime information databases for both civil and criminal purposes. TAP is currently primarily funded by the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). As such, TAP is currently prioritizing deployments to tribes that:

  • Have a Tribal sex offender registry pursuant to the Adam Walsh Act and are currently unable to directly submit data to national crime information databases; and/or
  • Have a Tribal law enforcement agency (not BIA direct service), that will use TAP to access the National Criminal Information Center (NCIC), Next Generation Identification (NGI), and other national databases to both view (query) and enter information.

TAP supports the selected tribes in analyzing their needs for national crime information and provides access, technology and training.

For more information, go to: TAP FY18 Announcement – Section 508 compliant-1. For more about Tribal Access Program success and benefits, see the TAP Benefits Brochure.

To learn more, go to:  WWW.JUSTICE.GOV/TRIBAL/TAP


AUGUST 15, 2017

Indian Country Strangulation and Suffocation Seminar
Columbia, South Carolina, November 6-9, 2017

DUE DATE: Nominations are due by September 22, 2017

The Department of Justice’s National Indian Country Training Initiative (NICTI), together with the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, is holding an Indian Country Strangulation and Suffocation Seminar on November 6-9, 2017, at the National Advocacy Center (NAC).

Strangulation is a lethal form of violence and is common in domestic violence and sexual assault cases. This three and one-half day course is designed for experienced federal and tribal multi- disciplinary professionals (prosecutors, law enforcement officers, advocates, medical professionals) who work domestic violence and sexual assault cases in Indian Country. This course will provide an in-depth examination of the mechanics of strangulation and suffocation from a medical, legal, law enforcement and advocacy perspective.

Participants are encouraged to register as a team; for example, a prosecutor and investigator or a prosecutor and a medical provider may register as a team. Individual registrations will also be considered. Training Officers/SACs/SSRAs are invited to nominate individuals from their Division or Department who would benefit from this training opportunity.

Please complete the Nomination Form for each of your nominees and E-Mail it to the attention of Delores McCarter, Office of Legal Education. Nominations are due by Friday, September 22, 2017.

The NICTI will review all nominations and send an e-mail advising nominees of their selection on or about October 3, 2017. Selected nominees will also receive information on how to book travel and lodging.

In order to ensure that our records are correct, please type in the required information when completing the nomination forms.  Illegible and/or incomplete forms will not be considered.

Due to the increasing number of last minute cancellations, we must ask that only nominations for those who are certain to attend be submitted.

The Executive Office for United States Attorneys will provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. Requests should be made to Delores McCarter as early as possible, preferably at least two weeks in advance of the seminar. No nominee will be excluded from a course on the basis of a disability-related accommodations request.

This training is authorized under the Government Employees Training Act.


MAY 30, 2017

Bureau of Justice Statistics | Office of Justice Programs | U.S. Department of Justice:

Police Response to Domestic Violence, 2006-2015 (NCJ 250231) is now available on BJS.gov. This report presents 2006-15 data on:

  • Nonfatal domestic violence victimizations reported to police
  • Police response to these victimizations
  • Prevalence of related arrests or charges
  • Criminal complaints signed against the offender.

Domestic violence includes serious violence (rape or sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault) and simple assaults committed by intimate partners (spouse, former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend), immediate family members (parent, child, or sibling), or other relatives. Data are from the National Crime Victimization Survey, which obtained victims’ descriptions of police actions during their initial response to a reported crime and any follow-up contact with the victim.

Download the Full Report

Download the Summary

 


MAY 22, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Funding Opportunity: Family Violence Prevention and Services/Domestic Violence Shelter and Supportive Services/Grants to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal Organizations. HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-FVPS-1211.

Announcement Link: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-FVPS-1211

Solicitation Link: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-FVPS-1211_0.pdf

Summary

Funding Opportunity Title: Family Violence Prevention and Services/Domestic Violence Shelter and Supportive Services/Grants to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal Organizations
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-FVPS-1211
Program Office: Family and Youth Services Bureau
Funding Type: Mandatory
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Announcement Type: Initial
CFDA: 93.671
Post Date: 05/22/2017
Application Due Date: 07/10/2017
Description: This announcement governs the proposed award of formula grants under the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal organizations. The purpose of these grants is to assist Tribes in efforts to increase public awareness about, and primary and secondary prevention of, family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence, and to provide immediate shelter and supportive services for victims of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence, and their dependents.  Grantees are to be mindful that although the expenditure period for grants is a two-year period, an application is required each year to provide continuity in the provision of services.


APRIL 11, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women has announced that the 2016 Annual Tribal Consultation on Violence Against Alaska Native and American Indian Women Report is now available.

Click to view and download the Cover Letter and the 2016 Annual Consultation Report.


MARCH 7, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Mallory Black: media@strongheartshelpline.org

StrongHearts Native Helpline Launches as a Critical Resource for Domestic Violence and Dating Violence in Tribal Communities

For the first time in history, a culturally-relevant, safe and confidential resource is available for Native American survivors of domestic violence and dating violence, who now make up more than 84 percent of the entire U.S. Native population. The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) and The Hotline have launched the first, national crisis line dedicated to serving tribal communities affected by violence across the U.S., called the StrongHearts Native Helpline.

Starting today, Native survivors in Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska – the helpline’s initial service areas — will be able to connect at no cost, one-on-one, with knowledgeable StrongHearts advocates who will provide support, assist with safety planning and connect them with resources based on their specific tribal affiliation, community location and culture. Callers outside of these states can still call StrongHearts while the helpline continues to develop its services network. All services available through the helpline are confidential and available by dialing 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483) Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST. Callers after hours will have the option to connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline or to call back the next business day.

“The reality is that so many of our American Indian and Alaska Native people experience domestic violence and dating violence every day,” said Lucy Rain Simpson, executive director of NIWRC and a citizen of Navajo Nation. “It has never been more evident that our Native people need a Native helpline to support efforts to restore power and safety in our tribal communities. The StrongHearts Native Helpline is ready to answer that call.”

The StrongHearts Native Helpline was created by and for Native Americans who, compared to all other races in the U.S., are twice as likely to experience rape or sexual assault, two and a half times more likely to experience violent crimes and five times more likely to be victims of homicide in their lifetimes. Even though a staggering four in five experience violence, Native Americans have historically lacked access to services.

“The Hotline has served victims and survivors of domestic violence for 20 years, and we recognize that Native American survivors have uniquely complex needs,” said Katie Ray-Jones, CEO of The Hotline. “Through StrongHearts, domestic violence advocates will be able to address those complex needs with an unparalleled level of specificity.”

Advocates at the StrongHearts Native Helpline are trained to navigate each caller’s abuse situation with a strong understanding of Native cultures, as well as issues of tribal sovereignty and law, in a safe and accepting environment, free of assumption and judgment. Callers will be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect by a well-trained professional.

“To enhance access to services and meet the unique needs of Native survivors, a dedicated Native helpline that provides support and connections to shelter, advocacy, and other services is critical,” states Marylouise Kelley, FVPSA Program Division Director.

Initially, StrongHearts will focus efforts on providing services to survivors who live in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma, which combined make up more than 12.5 percent of the country’s entire Native American population.

“The team will leverage the large number of Native-centered resources established within these states to begin providing services, with further outreach to tribal communities as StrongHearts continues to grow,” said Simpson.

The StrongHearts Native Helpline plans to purposefully and thoughtfully expand its services to Native American survivors nationwide – based on utilization, demand and resources available.

“Verizon is proud to be the first corporate sponsor of the StrongHearts Native Helpline, a resource that will provide a crucial space for Native people to find support,” said Stuart Conklin, program manager at the Verizon Foundation. “We look forward to its success and continuing to build on a lasting partnership.”

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MSH-TA is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K028, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in the publications/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

 
 

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