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 on 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. The Institute will also address considerations for tribes interested in prosecuting cases pursuant to Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction provided for in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013).
NIPDVIC will use hypothetical case problems, role-playing exercises, small group discussions, mini-lectures, and faculty demonstrations. Participants employ hands-on case evaluation, preparation, and trial skills to understand domestic violence in the many contexts in which it occurs and examine their attitudes and practices. NIPDVIC’s highly interactive format enables prosecutors from different jurisdictions, with varied levels of experience, to learn from one another and engage in “real-life” activities and mock court proceedings that are readily transferable to their work.
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.
Please complete and submit the nomination form at the following link for each of your nominees. Nomination forms are due February 8, 2019.