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The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Office of Justice Programs, within the U.S. Department of Justice is pleased to announce the 13th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime. The Conference will be held December 6 — 8, 2012, on the reservation of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, California, with the theme, “Strength from Within: Rekindling Tribal Traditions to assist Victims of Crime.” This year's conference is coordinated again by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute under a grant from OVC.


The purpose of the 13th National Indian Nations Conference — the largest U.S. Department of Justice sponsored Indian Nations conference — is to bring together Native American victims, victim advocates, tribal leaders, victim service providers, community volunteers, prosecutors, judicial and law enforcement personnel, family violence and sexual assault specialists, medical providers, social services and mental health personnel, probation/corrections, criminal justice and juvenile justice personnel, as well as federal and state agency representatives to share their knowledge, experiences and ideas for developing programs that serve the unique needs of crime victims in Indian Country.


This year's conference goals are:

  1. Strength from Within: Rekindling Tribal Traditions to assist Victims/Survivors - Promoting traditional values and incorporating traditional skills in crime victim services; upholding wellness, mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally; and framing victim services around tribal traditions.
  2. Honoring the Wisdom of the Past - Understanding historical trauma as a way to heal; enlisting tribal elders as keepers of our tribal histories; and embracing traditional teachings.
  3. Honoring and Listening to Victim/Survivor Voices - Creating victim-centered/sensitive responses; being inclusive of victim/survivors - particularly those from un-served, underserved, and other populations - to achieve safety, justice and healing; and promoting peer to peer learning opportunities.
  4. Promoting Safety, Justice and Healing - Justice for victims; justice for all; understanding the various jurisdictional issues particularly those in Public Law 280 states; exercising tribal sovereignty to promote safety and justice for victims; highlighting the resiliency of spirituality and healing in tribal communities; addressing child sexual abuse and education on developing sexual assault programs for victims of child sexual abuse in tribal communities; and including a special emphasis on crime victims within the juvenile justice system and strong support for keeping youth within the community.
  5. Supporting and Educating Tribal Leaders- Educating and supporting efforts of tribal leaders to achieve accountability and responsibility to victims of crime.
  6. Working in Harmony - Building the partnerships with federal agencies; Education on the importance of networking and working together in collaboration to strengthen services such as partnering with technology experts; and networking with Native men to address domestic violence and sexual assault.
  7. Sustaining our Legacy - Developing skills and incorporating cultural approaches to enhance sustainability and measurability; and increasing the accuracy of victimization research.
  8. Healing the Healers - Ensuring safety and support for service providers.

Office for Victims of Crime
The Office for Victims of Crime was established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA) to serve as the federal government's chief advocate for America's crime victims. OVC administers many formula and discretionary grants for programs designed to benefit crime victims, provides training for diverse professionals who work with crime victims, and develops projects to enhance victim's rights and services. OVC is committed to enhancing the Nation's capacity to assist crime victims and to providing leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. OVC works with national, international, state, military, and tribal victim assistance and criminal justice agencies, as well as other professional organizations, to promote fundamental rights and comprehensive services for crime victims.


OVC is committed to:

  • Putting victims first
  • Enacting and enforcing consistent, fundamental rights for crime victims
  • Providing crime victims with access to comprehensive, quality services
  • Integrating crime victims' issues into all levels of the Nation's educational system
  • Supporting, improving, and replicating promising practices in victims' rights and services
  • Ensuring that the voices of crime victims play a central role in the Nation's response to violence

Tribal Law and Policy Institute
The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (the Institute) is an Indian owned and operated non-profit corporation organized to design and deliver education, research, training, and technical assistance programs which promote the improvement of justice in Indian country and the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples. The Institute focuses upon collaborative programs that provide critical resources for tribal court systems, victims assistance programs, and others involved in promoting the improvement of justice in Indian country. The Institute seeks to facilitate the sharing of resources so that Indian Nations and tribal justice systems have access to resources that they can adapt to meet the individual needs of their communities.


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