National Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence in Indian Country, February 25 – March 1, 2019

The National Indian Country Training Initiative, in partnership with AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women, is hosting the National Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence in Indian Country (NIPSVIC), a 3 ½ day course designed to challenge participants to reevaluate their approach to prosecuting sexual violence crimes. This training will be held at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. Travel related expenses will be covered by DOJ’s Office of Legal Education.
 
The NIPSVIC will explore 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 litigation skills, the curriculum will examine the benefits of developing a coordinated, victim-centered community response; explain common injuries and relevant medical evidence, and offer guidance on the use of medical experts; explore ethical issues confronted by prosecutors; address the development and improvement of culturally-sensitive victim services; and offer prosecutors the ability to redefine outcomes and the very nature of justice in sexual violence cases.
 
The NIPSVIC will offer hypothetical case problems, role-playing exercises, small group discussions, mini-lectures, and faculty demonstrations. Rather than merely attending a series of legal lectures, participants will examine their current attitudes and practices by employing active case evaluation, preparation, and trial skills to respond to sexual violence in the varied contexts in which it occurs. The highly interactive format enables prosecutors from different jurisdictions, with varied levels of experience, to learn from one another and engage in “real-life” scenarios that are readily transferable to their everyday work.
 
Please complete and submit the nomination form at the following link for each of your nominees. 
 
For offices with multiple individuals interested in attending, we ask that a supervisor rank nominees in order of preference for acceptance. Nominations are due by December 21, 2018.
 
The NICTI will review all nominations and will send an E-Mail advising nominees of their selection on or about January 4, 2019. Selected nominees will also receive travel and lodging information.
 
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, NICTI asks that only nominations for those who are certain to attend be submitted.