OVC is Recruiting Tribal Subject Matter Experts in Sex Trafficking

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) at the U.S. Department of Justice, is currently recruiting independent consultants and organizations with demonstrated knowledge of, and experience in, developing programs to provide direct services to American Indian and Alaska Native victims of sex trafficking. OVC is particularly interested in identifying individuals and organizations who have an expert level of knowledge of the dynamics of sex trafficking, including the complexities of the relationship between victims and traffickers, and the challenges of providing direct services to American Indian and Alaska Native victims, as well as a minimum of 5-7 years’ experience:

  • Providing trauma-informed services to American Indian and Alaska Native victims of sex trafficking, including building collaborative partnerships between tribal and non-tribal victim services organizations, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, courts, healthcare providers, civil legal assistance providers, and social services organizations, in order to provide comprehensive and holistic services to victims;
  • Conducting community education and awareness activities that target both non-tribal professionals who are responsible for participating in the systemic response to sex trafficking, as well as American Indian and Alaska Native victims of sex trafficking;
  • Providing capacity-building training and technical assistance to tribal nonprofit organizations; and
  • Meeting the unique needs of urban American Indian and Alaska Native community members.

Subject matter experts who are identified as a result of this recruitment, may be added to OVC’s Training and Technical Assistance Center Consultant Network, and called upon to assist OVC with future projects. All interested individuals and organizations should submit a cover letter and resumes Kimberly Woodard, OVC’s Sr. Tribal Affairs Specialist, at kimberly.woodard@usdoj.gov, no later than August 15, 2016. If you have questions about this recruitment effort, please contact Kimberly either by email or by phone at (202) 307-2952.


Phone System Temporarily Down

Our phone service is temporarily down and we are in the process of repairs and we are not sure when repairs are complete.  Should you need to contact us, we are available by email.

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OVW FY16 Sexual Assault Grants Now Available

OVW has released the RFP for the FY16 Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program, Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program, and the Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program.  To view the RFP and download the application package, click on the desired program and it will open a new window.

Competitions close February 1, 2016 (Rural) and February 2, 2016 (Tribal and Culturally Specific).


Strengthening Native American Communities and Economies

Strengthening Native American Communities and Economies

Application Deadline is Friday, January 15, 2016
Request for Proposals: Grants Available to Strengthen Capacity of Native Organizations and Tribal Programs That Serve the Field of Native American Arts and Artists

LONGMONT, Colorado (Nov. 30, 2015) — First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) today launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) for grants under its Native Arts Capacity-Building Initiative. First Nations will award up to six grants of up to $30,000 each to strengthen the organizational, managerial and programmatic capacity of Native American-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs that have existing efforts in place to serve the field of Native American arts and artists in tribal communities in four states – Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

“As a cultural asset for Native communities, art has been an integral part of sustaining Native nations, cultures, languages and traditional beliefs, thereby shaping community and family ties and cultural pride,” noted First Nations President Michael E. Roberts. “We believe the continuing development of Native American art is an indispensable component of Native community economic development and the retention of Native cultures. Through direct grants and technical assistance and training under this initiative, we want to increase the organizational, managerial and programmatic capacity of selected direct-service Native organizations in an effort to enhance their long-term sustainability, stability, vibrancy and economic impact in their tribal communities.”
Applications are due by 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Friday, January 15, 2016. Eligible applicants must have existing program initiatives in place that emphasize strengthening the field of Native American arts and building the capacity of Native American artists in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. All applicants must fully complete the First Nations online grant application, including the submission of all necessary attachments.

Types of eligible entities include but are not limited to:
• Federal- and State-Recognized Tribal Governments (Tribal Government Programs such as Tribal Arts Programs, Heritage Departments, Economic Development Departments, etc.)
• Reservation-Based and Select Non-Reservation-Based Native American Museums
• Tribal Cultural and Heritage Centers
• Tribal Colleges
• Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)
• Native-Controlled 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organizations
• Native 7871 Organizations
• Native Chambers of Commerce
For-profit organizations and individual artists are not eligible. First Nations does not require federal recognition for tribal governments to apply, but they must have state recognition. More information and the online grant application can be found here: http://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2016NACBI.

These grants will be the third annual awards of a three-year project. This First Nations initiative is made possible through generous funding from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation of Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

About First Nations Development Institute
For 35 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities. First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.firstnations.org.

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PROGRAM CONTACT:
Catherine Bryan, First Nations Senior Program Officer
cbryan@firstnations.org or (303) 774-7836 x201

MEDIA CONTACT:
Randy Blauvelt, First Nations Senior Communications Officer
rblauvelt@firstnations.org or (303) 774-7836 x213

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New OVW Program Solicitation Available!

The OVW Justice for Families Program solicitation is now available.  Authorized by the VAWA 2013 as the Grants to Support Families in the Justice System program, this solicitation features program areas previously authorized under the Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program and the Court Training and Improvements Program.

The solicitation is available as a free download from Grants.gov.  For additional information and to view the programs’ performance measures, see the Justice for Families, Supervised Visitation, and Courts programs.


Apply for Funding: National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Community Awareness Projects

The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) has announced the availability of funding for next year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Community Awareness Projects.

Thanks to support from the Office for Victims of Crime, at least 60 communities will receive up to $5,000 each to support events and activities to promote public awareness of crime victim rights and available services during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 10 – 16, 2016.

Organizations eligible to apply for funding include local victim services providers, community coalitions, prosecutor offices, law enforcement agencies, faith-based organizations and other agencies/organizations interested in promoting crime victims’ rights and services.

The application deadline is Tuesday, November 17, 2015. NAVAA will also be holding an applicants’ webinar on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 beginning at 4:00 pm Eastern Time.  Registration is required by going to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6675887527710193921.

Please visit the NCVRW CAP website, http://cap.navaa.org, for additional information and applications.


Native Alliance Against Violence Seeks Outreach Coordinator

This position focuses on increasing awareness of domestic and sexual violence against Indian Women, and ensuring NAAV has a strong presence throughout Oklahoma by coordinating
outreach awareness events and distributing outreach materials, networking with Tribes and tribal domestic violence and/or sexual assault programs and professionals, and by coordinating
the delivery of education and outreach presentations and activities in Oklahoma Indian Country.  For more information, click here to see the job announcement.


Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country Training for Law Enforcement Officers

The U.S Department of Justice’s National Indian Country Training Initiative (NICTI) is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring the Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country Seminar.  The seminar will be held October 14-16, 2015, at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.  Travel and lodging accommodations will be paid for by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Education.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Office of Justice Services (OJS) issues Special Law Enforcement Commissions (SLECs) to tribal, federal, state, and local full-time certified law enforcement officers who will serve without compensation from the Federal government.  This process allows BIA to obtain active assistance in the enforcement of federal criminal statutes and federal hunting and fishing regulations in Indian country.  One of the criteria for receiving a SLEC (BIA Criteria) is attendance at the Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country (CJIC) course and passage of an exam at the end of the class with a score of 70% or higher.  While the SLEC is still issued by BIA, passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) of 2010 shifted primary responsibility for delivery of CJIC training to the Department of Justice.

The October 14-16, 2015, CJIC offering at the National Advocacy Center is the DOJ/BIA approved course that is frequently taught by USAO personnel at the District level.  This class is for law enforcement officers who fulfill all other BIA minimum requirements to receive a SLEC, and for USAO personnel who have responsibility under the TLOA to teach the CJIC class but may not have experience with the class format and materials.

Click here to download a form for each of your nominees and return as directed on the attached form. Nominations are due to the U.S. Department of Justice by August 28, 2015.


Identity Theft Victim Resource

IdentityTheft.gov  is a new resource to help people report and recover from identity theft. It’s available in Spanish, too, at RobodeIdentidad.gov.

In 2014, the Federal Trade Commission received over 330,000 complaints related to identity theft. IdentityTheft.gov can help people understand which critical steps to take first. It provides detailed advice, easy-to-print checklists, and sample letters.  The site also has advice for people whose information has been exposed in a data breach.

Please share IdentityTheft.gov with your network. And because identity theft can happen to anyone, share it with friends and family, too. For more information about the site, read our recent blog post: Recovering from identity theft is easier with a plan.

Looking for free identity theft resources to share in your community? Visit ftc.gov/idtheft.