Institute on the Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assault

Institute
August 8 - 11, 2017

The Institute on the Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assault (IIPCCSA) was a three-and-one-half-day course designed to challenge participants to reevaluate their approach to prosecuting cold case sexual assault. IIPCCSA explored the complex issues faced by police and prosecutors in balancing offender accountability and the impact of criminal prosecution on victims. In addition to practical case evaluation and investigation and litigation skills, the curriculum examined the benefits of developing a coordinated, victim-centered response; explained relevant medical and forensic evidence, and offered guidance on the use of experts; addressed the importance of culturally-specific victim services; and offered police and prosecutors an enhanced skillset to redefine outcomes in cold cases.

The course was open to police and prosecutors only, and more than 40 attendees came from over 20 different jurisdictions across the US. Participant comments from evaluations included:

  • The Cold Case file exercise was excellent, a fantastic way for students to visualize the process and consider potential difficulties. Comprehensively, this course was exceedingly beneficial for me. I will be able to enhance my site as a direct result of this course. Thank you!
  • AEquitas always puts on excellent trainings. Very organized & detail oriented. On time, great handouts, great engaged faculty.
  • This was perhaps one of the best-organized trainings that I have been to. Despite feeling like some of the sessions could have used more time, there isn't a single part that was not relevant or helpful. . . . I also wanted to add that the "Participant Materials" booklet is extremely useful, as I intend to reference it when I submit my proposal for how we structure our division's response.
  • As a department just starting the SAKI process, I thought this training as a whole was outstanding. Being here with seasoned departments and hearing about their practices was great. I was able to hear about their roadblocks in the process and how they have overcome them.

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