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Past Events

  • No More Harm: Untested Sexual Assault Kits and Communities of Color

    October 29, 2013 2:00 PM
    This webinar consists of an analytical and philosophical conversation addressing the needs of sexual assault survivors within communities of color. The webinar places this conversation in the context of the recent large scale testing in several communities of untested (backlogged) rape kits that have revealed a disproportionately high number of untested kits where the victim was a person of color. Based on their experiences nationally and in the Michigan 400 Project, Condencia Brade from Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault and Debi Cain from the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board discuss key issues that are intended to broaden the perspective of those who work with sexual assault survivors in communities of color. They address the unique challenges and provide strategies for working with survivors of color when reopening years or decades old sexual assault cases when evidence was only recently tested.

  • A Legislator and Survivor Speak

    October 15, 2013 2:00 PM
    Learn from a Nevada state legislator why she championed a bill to enable law enforcement to collect DNA from felony arrestees. Senator Debbie Smith (D-NV) will discuss overcoming barriers to passage, lessons learned along the way, and how collaborations contribute to best practices in policymaking. Hear from Jayann Sepich, mother, homicide survivor, and founder of DNAsaves.org, about the importance of DNA arrestee legislation. Both speakers will explain how passing state legislation that enables law enforcement to collect DNA from felony arrestees can prevent crime, solve cases, and provide protection to the innocent.

  • New York State's DNA Databank: A Powerful Law Enforcement Tool

    July 30, 2013 2:00 PM
    Learn about New York State’s successful effort to expand its DNA Databank and maximize the power of DNA as a law enforcement tool. Hear Mike Green, executive deputy commissioner, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, discuss the State’s program to collect DNA from persons convicted of all misdemeanor crimes under the Penal Law (in addition to collecting for felonies). 

    Hear about how expanding the databank is a key part of New York’s efforts to make its criminal justice system as fair and accurate as possible and to ensure a system that protects the rights of all, whether the victim of a crime of accused of a crime.

  • Developing a Welfare Response to Child Trafficking Webinar

    July 25, 2013 2:00 PM
    Mr. Rivera serves as co-leader of the Human Anti-Trafficking Response Team at the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. Since 2008 he has spearheaded efforts to build their response to human trafficking of children. In this webinar, he will discuss some of the issues, challenges, and lessons they have overcome. He will also address the importance of developing partnerships with law enforcement and service providers to help ensure that victims are not re-victimized.  



    William Rivera, Director of Multicultural Affairs and Immigration Practice at the Academy for Families, Workforce, Knowledge and Development in the Connecticut Department of Children and Families

  • Sexual Assault Cold Case Survivors and the Neurobiology of Trauma

    April 23, 2013 1:00 PM
    WHEN: April 23, 2013 WHAT TIME: 1PM EST Free Webinar: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NeuroBio2 Hear from one of our country’s foremost researchers on violence against women about the neurobiology of trauma and sexual assault cold case survivors. Dr. Campbell will explain how the brain responds to trauma and the impact of trauma on victim participation in the criminal justice system. In particular, participants will gain an understanding of the way trauma affects victim participation in cases that are “reactivated” after many years have passed. Learn how trauma affects a victim’s reaction to the crime and the ability to remember details of the assault.

  • Investigating and Prosecuting Non-Stranger and Stranger Cold Case Sexual Assaults

    April 9, 2013 1:00 PM
    Hear from an experienced law enforcement professional, Jim Markey, and sexual assault trial attorney Patti Powers who will explain approaches and challenges to pursuing cold case sexual assaults.

  • How to Make the Most of Your 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide

    Location: VA Virginia
    March 15, 2013 2:00 PM
    See how colleagues across the country are observing National Crime Victims' Rights Week, learn tips and tricks for designing memorable materials, and brush up on your social media lingo.

  • New York City’s Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Project: Lessons Learned

    February 13, 2013 1:00 PM
    Hear from Martha Bashford, the chief of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Sex Crimes Unit, about New York City’s “Backlog Project,” through which 17,000 previously-unexamined sexual assault evidence kits were outsourced for DNA analysis. Ms. Bashford will discuss why NYC decided to test every backlogged rape kit, lessons learned along the way, and some of the cases they solved through the Project. 

  • Victim Notification In An Audit of Unprocessed Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Kits: Lessons Learned From the Michigan 400 Project

    December 17, 2012 1:30 PM
    The 400 Project was an OVW-funded project initiated by the Michigan Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention and Treatment Board in early 2010 to determine the scope of work, cost, and likely outcome of forensic analysis of more than 10,000 unresolved sexual assault forensic evidence kits found in the City of Detroit Police Department Crime Lab.

  • The CSI Effect: Maximizing the Potential of Forensic DNA

    Location: Phoenix, Arizona
    October 9, 2012 8:00 PM
    Hear from the nation’s leading experts in forensic DNA, including a cold case detective, a retired New York City Homicide investigator, a survivor/advocate, and scientific and public policy experts. We will demystify the function of the CODIS database; review best practices for working cold cases; discuss using DNA in missing persons and trafficking cases; explore crime scene evidence collection and Touch DNA; and discuss innovations in the criminal justice use of DNA such as familial searching and rapid DNA testing.