Archived News & Events
Unified Solutions staff member, Dianne Barker Harrold, Honored for 33 years of service at The National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony; Unified Solutions Board Member, Rebekah Jones of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Victim Services Program, also Recognized for Community Change at the National Crime Victims' Rights Week awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Washington, D.C.!! READ MORE HERE
National Crime Victims' Rights Week starts Sunday! Are you ready? If you have not visted the website and listened to the "How to Make the Most of National Crime Victims' Rights Week" webinar, or downloaded the materials--why not do that right now?
Visit www.VictimsofCrime.org/NCVRW, where you will find:
- A recording of the webinar
- Presentation materials for download
- Links to the NCVRW Facebook and Twitter accounts
- Please visit the NCVRW Facebook page to post your NCVRW photos, news, and anything you want to share. NCVRW wants to showcase how our colleagues nationwide are observing 2013 National Crime Victims' Rights Week.
- Downloadable NCVRW Resource Guide
Attend the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony on April 24, 2013, at 2:00 pm (ET) in Washington, DC.
"During this annual ceremony, OVC recognizes individuals, teams, programs, and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting crime victims and victim services. Register online by April 19, 2013 to attend. This event is free and open to the public but please note that government-issued photo IDs are required to attend the event. (Posted March 14, 2013)" For more information, visit OVC's website HERE
OVC Announces 2013 NCVRW Theme and Colors
"New Challenges. New Solutions." is the theme for next year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), which will be observed April 21-27, 2013. Download the color palette to view the poster artwork and theme colors (midnight blue and orange). (OVC)
Justice Department Announces Policy on Tribal Member Use of Eagle Feathers. Read the press release HERE. To read the full policy CLICK HERE. Tribal Member Use of Feathers or Other Parts of Federally Protected Birds: Fact Sheet on Department of Justice Policy - READ HERE
Web Site Supports Pediatricians’ Efforts To Assist Children Exposed to Violence
The American Academy of Pediatrics, supported by a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), has launched a new Web site that provides pediatricians the resources they need to modify the operations of their practice to identify, treat, and refer children who have been victims of or witnesses to violence.
Visit the new Web site here: http://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Medical-Home-for-Children-and-Adolescents-Exposed-to-Violence/Pages/Medical-Home-for-Children-and-Adolescents-Exposed-to-Violence.aspx?nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR%3A+No+local+token
Learn more about the Defending Childhood Initiative at this link: http://www.justice.gov/defendingchildhood/about-initiative.html
FTC Releases Resource on Child Identity Theft
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released “Safeguarding Your Child’s Future.” This resource guide offers steps to help parents avoid, recognize, and repair the damage that child identity theft causes. The U.S. Department of Justice is working with the FTC on child identity theft as part of its efforts under the Office of Justice Programs’ Working Group on Identity Theft.
To view the FTC resource guide, go to www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/idtheft/idt08.pdf.
VIDEO: Check out the U.S. Department of Interior's @letsmove in Indian Country basketball workshop, getting kids active HERE!
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) posted study results rlated to Sleep Disorders and Law Enforcement Officers - The NIJ states, "With ever-changing schedules, overtime, and overnight shifts, it is not surprising that some police officers suffer from sleep disorders. Sleep disorders, which are typically associated with poor health, performance and safety outcomes, are twice as prevalent among police officers compared to the general public -- and a new study suggests that they remain largely undiagnosed and untreated." Read more HERE!
The staff at Unified Solutions is deeply saddened by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012. Our thoughts and prayers are with all at this time.
Disaster Distress Helpline Offers Immediate Crisis Counseling
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746.
The recent shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, continues to bring out strong emotions across the Nation. The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the many issues and problems that might arise from this tragedy.
Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.
The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week national hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free Helpline is confidential and multilingual, and available for those who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of natural or man-made disasters, incidents of mass violence, or any other tragedy affecting America's communities.
Our texting service also is available to Spanish speakers. Text "Hablanos" to 66746 for 24/7 emotional support.
TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-846-8517
The Helpline also can be accessed online at HERE
President Obama Speaks on the Shooting in Connecticut - CLICK HERE
Federal and Tribal Officials Mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month at Annual Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation in Oklahoma - Read the press release HERE.
NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2012
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CLICK HERE to read or download a copy of the declaration.
READ the Statement from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on National Native American Heritage Month
Check out what the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation's Tribal Victim Services Staff is doing for Domestic Violence Awareness Month!!! CLICK HERE
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) - For more information about DVAM click HERE
BJA announced the opening of the 2011–2012 Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor (Medal of Valor) nomination period. The highest national award for valor by a public safety officer, this medal is awarded annually by the President or Vice President of the Unites States to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.
How to Nominate an Officer
Nominations will be accepted between May 31, 2012 and July 31, 2012. Only applications submitted through the Medal of Valor Application System will be eligible for consideration.
To receive the Medal of Valor, public safety officers must be nominated by the chief executive officer of their employing agencies; recommended by the bipartisan Medal of Valor Review Board; and cited by the Attorney General. Those interested in nominating an officer must submit their application through the online Medal of Valor Application System. All applications are limited to acts of valor that occurred between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012.
For questions about the award or how to nominate a public safety officer, please contact BJA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tribal Lands Day - CLICK HERE and tell them how your Tribe is making a difference!
Justice Department Recognizes Efforts to Rescue Children from Abuse and Prosecute Predators READ MORE
Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs Mary Lou Leary Speaks at the Justice Department’s National Missing Children’s Day Ceremony READ
Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West Speaks at the Department of Justice Sexual Assault Awareness Month Event READ ABOUT IT
Read the Statement of the Attorney General on the Passage of the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act HERE
Congratulations to 2012 NCVRW Honoree Roi Holt for receiving the Federal Service Award!! CLICK HERE
Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the White House Event on the Violence Against Women Act READ HERE
A Commitment to Serving Justice: Enhanced Discovery and Training Resources - READ JUSTICE BLOG POST
Click the following link to read about Safe Schools for All Students
Defending Childhood: Every Child Deserves a Safe Home, School and Community CLICK HERE to read The Justice Blog post.
On Tuesday, March 20, 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder Spoke at the White House LGBT Conference on Safe Schools & Communities READ HERE
Bison Return to Fort Peck: A Special Day, 200 Years in the Making
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) is April 20-28, 2012. You can obtain a NCVRW Resource Guide and/or Campaign Materials HERE
Sex Trafficking Rampant in Indian Country; Pimps on Prowl for Native Girls - READ
Eliminating Barriers to Economic Growth in Indian Country -Read article
From the Cradle to the Career: Improving Education for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Click HERE to read White House blog post.
Building a Fair and Stable Economy for Indian Country - Read article
Take the FREE online course, The Use of Technology to Stalk HERE!
International Women’s Day: Sexual Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls. Click HERE to read the article.
Attorney General Urges Professionals To Take Action on Children’s Exposure To Violence. For more information about the Defending Childhood Initiative GO HERE and to view the Take Action Web Page click HERE
Attorney General Eric Holder’s Task Force Examines Children’s Exposure to Violence in Rural and Tribal Communities CLICK HERE to read the press release.
READ about President Obama's Blueprint for an America Built to Last and Indian Country
The National Citizen Review Panel Advisory Board is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to attend the 2012 National Citizen Review Panel conference in Washington, DC on April 15-17, 2012. For scholarship information, or to register click here.
Child Maltreatment 2010 Report Shows Decrease in Victims of Child Abuse and Neglect. Access a copy of the report HERE.
US Senate Indian Affairs Committe Legislative Hearing: SAVE Native Women Act Read More
January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States go HERE for more information on human trafficking.
NEW! Attorney General Eric Holder Announces Revisions to the Uniform Crime Report’s Definition of Rape. Click HERE to read the National Press Release.
Access the Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance issued in October 2011 to view and or download a copy.
Click here to read Dr. Wingo's article Geographic Variation in Trends and Characteristics of Teen Childbearing among American Indians and Alaska Natives, 1990–2007
Coping with the Holidays After the Death of a Loved One or When You Are a Victim/Crime Survivor
If you need further assistance, CLICK HERE to contact Unified Solutions staff with any questions.
If you would like training or more information on topics such as Human Trafficking in Indian Country, or Stalking send an email to: email@example.com
January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month
Unified Solutions new workshop on human trafficking provides participants with a background on the problem of human trafficking specific to Indian Country. The workshop provides definitions from a federal perspective, distinguishes between human smuggling and human trafficking, and identifies the “red flags” common to trafficking situations. This workshop engages participants in interactive activities associated with recognizing both sex and labor trafficked victims in tribal communities. CLICK HERE for more information on human trafficking and additional resources.
Conducting community education and public service announcements will educate your tribal communities about this type of crime and also promote your program services as well. Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you in delivering services to human trafficking victims.
January is National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM) Stalking can happen to victims of any gender and any age and perpetrators can be of any gender and age as well. In serving victims of stalking, Unified Solutions wanted to make sure you have all types of resources and information regarding this type of victimization. To test your knowledge, you can access a Stalking quiz here on our web site. In addition, the following items are also available on our web site: The 2013 Presidential Proclamation on Stalking Awareness, The history of National Stalking Awareness Month, Sample Tribal Codes from a variety of tribes across the country, 2012 Stalking Fact Sheet, Stalking Safety Planning Resource, an article about stalking in Indian Country from Indian Country Today web site, and the Stalking quiz answer key.
Conducting community education and public service announcements will educate your tribal communities about this type of crime and also promote your program services as well. Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you in delivering services to stalking victims.
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Teen Dating Violence Month is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen relationships during the month of February.
Like domestic violence, teen dating violence is a pattern of controlling, and abusive behaviors of one person over another within a romantic relationship. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, and financial abuse. It can occur in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. It knows no boundaries and crosses race, socio-economic status, culture, and religion. Violence can happen to anyone.
Access to information is essential to breaking the cycle of violence. Toward that goal, we would like to direct your attention to very help informational resources related to domestic violence intervention, and community outreach.
- Teen Dating Violence: A Closer Look at Adolescent Romantic Relationships by Carrie Mulford, Ph.D., and Peggy C. Giordano, Ph.D.
- White Paper: Teen Dating Violence © Soroptimist International of the Americas
- Healthy Relationships - Love Is Respect
- Is This Abuse - Love Is Respect
- A Teen’s Guide To Safety Planning - Love Is Respect
- Teen Dating Violence Statistics - *Statistics from the US Dept. of Justice, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Liz Claiborne Inc. teen dating violence survey
- Teen Dating Quiz
- March was Women's History Month - The Cherokee Nation honored Unified Solutions employee Dianne Barker Harrold! To read the article released by the Cherokee Nation about Dianne CLICK HERE as well as some information on other famous native american women.
13th National Indian Nations Conference
Are you looking for materials presented by a Unified Solutions staff member or consultant at a Pre-Conference Institutue or Workshop you attended at the 13th National Indian Nations Conference on December 5-8, 2012? Download materials HERE!
To download presenter materials from the The Office for Victims of Crime and Unified Solutions 2012 Combined Annual Skills-Based Training (CAST), held Tuesday May 1st, 2012 and Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Rapid City, South Dakota CLICK HERE. To go to the 2012 CAST page Click here
Did you attend our 2011 Tribal Combined Annual Skills - Building Training Conference in Airway Heights, WA? Did you miss something? Would you like a copy of your favorite presentation? CLICK HERE to download available presentations and handouts from the conference.
Children’s Justice Act (CJA) and Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance (CTVA) Program Grantees can listen to and/or download a copy of the Privacy Certificates portion of the March 13, 2013, OVC-CTAS Grantee Teleconference presented by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) staff members: Chandria L. Slaughter, J.D., OVC Program Manager and Kathleen Gless, OVC CTVA Victim Justice Specialist by CLICKING HERE
If you have any problems or questions, please call Sherri Stearns at (877) 438-4400 Ext 1, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Note to TVA Grantees
OVC and Unified Solutions will be hosting a conference call for all TVA grantees on Monday, June 4, 2012 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT to discuss issues and provide guidance on no-cost extensions, timeline for the no-cost submissions and guidance on next steps for budgets and applications such as budget modifications, project scope changes, etc.
The agenda for this conference call was emailed to TVA grantees. Please contact Dianne (877) 438-4400 Ext. 2 or Jesucita (877) 438-4400 Ext. 6 if you have any questions regarding the upcoming conference call.
Please join us on Monday, June 4, 2012 at 2:00pm EDT/1:00pm CDT/12:00pm MDT/11:00am PDT and 10:00am AKDT.
To join the call dial 1-800-511-7985 Access Code 795-7125. We hope you have a great rest of the week and we look forward to speaking with everyone soon.
ATTENTION CJA GRANTEES! Bi-annual progress reports and quarterly financial status reports (SF 425) are due on January 30, 2012. Go HERE for more information.
ATTENTION TVA GRANTEES! You can now access the new TVA Grantee Self-Assessment HERE. If you experience technical difficulties, or need your password resent, please contact Sherri Stearns, Unified Solutions Office Coordinator at 877-438-4400 ext. 1.
ATTENTION CJA GRANTEES! You can now access the CJA Self-Assessment form HERE. If you experience technical difficulties, or need your password resent, please contact Sherri Stearns, Unified Solutions Office Coordinator at 877-438-4400 ext. 1.
November 8-10, 2011
Unified Solutions staff members attended the Multi-Jurisdictional National Training Conference for Criminal Justice and Community Leaders in Green Bay, Wisconsin
November 15-16, 2011
Unified's executive director and TVA staff attended the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
November 17, 2011
CJA staff is conducting a site visit at Oglala CASA in Pine Ridge, SD
Unified Solutions welcomes Steve Siegel and Rebekah Jones to the Unified Solutions Board of Directors! Read More
Read Justice Blog posts:
- Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West Speaks at the 20th Annual Four Corners Indian Country Conference
- Taking Action to Address Sexual Assault in Indian Country
- Combating Human Trafficking at Home and Abroad
- One Year in Indian Country
- Training to Protect Children from Internet Crimes
- Fighting for the Crime Victims Who Don’t Make Headlines
- Defending Our Most Vulnerable