Welcome to the National Center for Victims of Crime

We are the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. Please join us as we forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives.

Past Events

  • Victims' Rights and Services During Post-Conviction and Exoneration Proceedings

    August 24, 2010 8:00 PM
    This webinar will increase the capacity of victim service providers and allied professionals to support victims in post-conviction and DNA exoneration proceedings. Participants will learn about the profound impact of exonerations on survivors. Meg Garvin, Executive Director, National Crime Victim Law Institute and Chris Jenkins, Victim Witness Coordinator, Dallas County District Attorney's Office, discuss what those who work with victims need to know about victims' needs and services and which victims' rights could apply in post-conviction DNA testing cases.

  • Using DNA Evidence to Solve Missing Persons, Homicide, and Trafficking Cases

    August 10, 2010 8:00 PM
    Art Eisenberg, PhD, University of North Texas Center for Human Identification; Officer G.W. Adams, University of North Texas Health Science Center Police Department; and B.J. Spamer, University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, Forensic Services Unit, present an overview of the University of North Texas's human identification program and how they are using DNA and the national DNA database to bring closure to missing persons and homicide cases. Participants will learn what law enforcement, victim service providers, and other professionals can do to provide guidance to families of missing loved ones.  Presenters will discuss innovative uses of DNA to prevent human trafficking.

  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and Victim Sensitive Evidence Collection

    March 1, 2010 7:00 PM
    This webinar aims to increase understanding about the role Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) play in the proper collection of forensic evidence and in providing a supportive and empowering response to survivors. Participants will learn from Kim Day, RN, FNE A/P, SANE-A, Safe Technical Assistance Coordinator For the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN); Jacqui Callari Robinson, RN, SANE-A, Director Prevention and Health Care Service, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, about how SANEs increase the probability of obtaining probative DNA evidence while minimizing trauma for survivors and how the involvement of SANEs increase prosecution rates.

  • Recovering Forensic DNA Evidence from Crime Scenes

    February 24, 2010 7:00 PM
    Retired Detective Sergeant Joe Blozis covers best-practice strategies for conducting quality crime scene investigation, collecting, documenting, packaging, transporting, and storing biological and touch DNA evidence as well as providing court testimony. The speaker, retired senior sergeant in the NYPD Crime Scene Unit, will cover evidence collection in burglary cases and discuss "touch DNA."

  • DNA 101: Demystifying CODIS and DNA Profiles for Victim Service Providers

    February 7, 2010 7:00 PM
    This webinar will increase the capacity of victim service providers to provide victims with informed and sensitive guidance related to matters involving forensic DNA. Through this webinar, victim service providers and other participants will become familiar with the forensic DNA testing process and how forensic DNA profiles are generated from evidence and matched through the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). Angelo Della Manna, Chief of Forensic Biology & DNA, Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences explains how CODIS functions in forensic crime laboratories in the United States, its architecture, eligibility requirements for DNA samples (offender, crime scene, missing persons), and describe the various types of DNA analysis that can be performed in crime labs. He will also address concerns about genetic privacy, including what information forensic DNA profiles contain and who is authorized by federal law to have access to the national database.

  • A Prosecutor's Perspective on Innovative Uses of DNA

    January 13, 2010 7:00 PM
    Mitch Morrissey, District Attorney, Denver, Colorado, covers the innovative uses of forensic DNA being employed by prosecutors and police in Denver, Colorado. Participants will learn about collecting DNA evidence in property crimes; using "John Doe warrants" to prevent the statute of limitations from running out; investigating cold cases based on DNA hits and techniques for interrogating suspects in such cases; and generating investigative leads by searching DNA databases for "close matches" that might be relatives of an unknown offender.

  • Solving Property Crimes with Forensic DNA

    December 8, 2009 7:00 PM
    Retired Detective Sergeant Joe Blozis and Mitch Morrisey, Denver District Attorney present on two innovative programs: in New York City and Denver, where DNA evidence is being regularly collected and tested in burglary cases. Burglary is a highly recidivistic crime, and one that can be a "gateway" to violent crimes. The speakers will discuss the successes of these programs and what is required to expand your jurisdiction's use of DNA to property crimes.