National Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence II

Institute
May 3 - 6, 2011

The National Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence II (NIPSVII) was an advanced training course designed to provide prosecutors who have previously attended the original NIPSV or NIPSVI with the training, resources, and skills necessary to overcome emerging legal issues and challenges to successfully prosecute these difficult cases. NIPSVII delved more deeply into the concepts addressed during NIPSVI and integrated such complicated dynamics as campus sexual assault, sexually exploited victims, and victims with disabilities.

NIPSVII utilized a highly interactive team format to engage and challenge prosecutors while providing them the opportunity to collaborate with their peers to develop more effective prosecution strategies. Attendees worked closely with expert faculty including prosecutors, advocates, and other national experts to examine and promote the application of promising practices being implemented by other jurisdictions across the country. In addition to victim-centered, offender-focused prosecution practices, participants enhanced their understanding of criminalistics, DNA, and computer forensics as they worked through complex case files based on actual cases. Attendees were encouraged to develop unique strategies and policies to increase victim participation and overcome defense tactics devised to bias juries and judges. Participants left NIPSVII prepared to engage in local multidisciplinary training and encourage innovative system-wide approaches while implementing more effective case evaluation, investigation, and preparation techniques to achieve justice in sexual violence cases.

NIPSVII took place at Hotel Palomar in Arlington, VA. 23 prosecutors from across the country were in attendance, and qualified for approximately twenty (20) continuing legal education credit hours. Participant comments collected from evaluations included:

  • It’s always an exceptional experience to share thoughts, tactics and strategies with other prosecutors and practitioners. And AEquitas gives us the latest and greatest in the area of SV and DV. Thank you for your commitment to prosecutors and victims nationwide and beyond.
  • I felt that I learned a great deal about the nuances of prosecuting sexual violence offenses, both from the presentations, and from my colleagues in the seminar.
  • I thought all of the faculty were great, and had a lot to offer. It is also nice to know that we can all use one another as resources in the future. I look forward to attending another AEquitas seminar in the future. I will also definitely refer to the coarse materials in the future
  • I have gathered a vast amount of information resources to be a better prosecutor and to improve relationships with the agencies I work with.
  • Every time I’ve been to an AEquitas training I have come across things that have been directly beneficial and pertinent to actual cases on my docket.

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