The U.S. Department of Justice’s National Indian Country Training Initiative, together with the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, is pleased to announce “Drug Endangered Children: Building a Successful Collaborative Response Seminar.” The seminar will be held November 30 – December 2, 2016, at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. Travel and lodging accommodations will be provided by the US Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Education.
This seminar is designed for individuals working cases in Indian country with child victims and/or child witnesses where drug and alcohol issues are present. Assistant United States Attorneys, Victim-Witness Specialists, Law Enforcement Coordinators, federal law enforcement officers, tribal prosecutors, law enforcement, victim advocates, and social service personnel interested in becoming a DEC trainer or community organizer are encouraged to attend this seminar. Applicants are encouraged to register as a team to attend the seminar.
The training will cover the following material:
- relevant federal laws and strategies for developing a successful DEC program;
- a description of how the criminal investigation is a critical point for identifying and responding to the needs of drug endangered children;
- a description of how the criminal justice system can align with the child welfare system; and
- an explanation of how a good handoff between agencies, followed by lasting efforts by all professionals, is critical to track and reduce potential harm to children.