National Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence in Indian Country

January 10 - 13, 2017

The National Indian Country Training Initiative, in partnership with AEquitas, 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.

Contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of rapists are serial offenders who are known to their victims. They are adept at creating, identifying, and exploiting perceived vulnerabilities in their victims, ultimately rendering them more vulnerable to attack through the use of premeditated tactics and non-traditional weapons. Further, rapists routinely benefit from society’s common misconceptions regarding their appearance, behavior, use of weapons, etc. that often results in a failure to identify, report, and hold them accountable for their crimes. To more effectively identify, investigate, and prosecute non-stranger rapists, prosecutors must overcome their own myths and misconceptions about sexual violence, as well as those believed by judges and juries.

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. 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.

Application Process
This course is open to U.S. prosecutors only, and attendance is free of charge. There is no limit to the number of attendees from any jurisdiction. Seating is limited and applicants are encouraged to apply before November 16, 2016.

CLE Credits
Attendance at this event may qualify participants for approximately twenty (20) continuing legal education credit hours including at least one (1) hour of ethics credit. Please check with your state bar association in reference to application requirements and related fees.

Conference Location
National Advocacy Center
1620 Pendleton Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Any questions regarding this Institute should be directed to Delores McCarter at (803) 705-5123.

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