Please join the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia for their Regional Conference on Children Exposed to Violence.
Every year, the lives of millions of children and adolescents in the United States are affected by exposure to violence as they become victims or witnesses to homicides and other violent crimes. Many are murdered or assaulted by loved ones, acquaintances or strangers, and many are caught in the cross-fire of gang or community violence. According to the Attorney General’s Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, exposure to violence is a “crisis that affects two out of every three of our children. Of the 76 million children currently residing in the United States, violence, crime, abuse and psychological trauma, touch the lives of an estimated 46 million each year.”
Addressing the needs of children exposed to violence is a key priority for Attorney General Eric Holder. In his speech to the American Academy of Pediatrics on October 20, 2009, Attorney General Holder stated, “Here’s the good news – it is possible to reverse the damage that exposure to violence causes.” In an effort to end the epidemic of children’s exposure to violence, Attorney General Holder outlined steps to be taken to combat the problem, including: (1) addressing the issue holistically and collaboratively; (2) ensuring professionals are sufficiently trained and knowledgeable to identify children exposed to violence and assist in remediation; and (3) meeting the problem with all the resources that sound science can bring to bear.
To support Attorney General Holder’s priorities, the Unites States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has organized a regional training conference for victim service providers, law enforcement officers, and attorneys regarding strategies for working with children and adolescents exposed to violence. Presenters have been drawn from the fields of mental health, law enforcement, social services, prosecution and the judiciary.
Children Exposed To Violence:
Strategies For Investigation, Prosecution, and Treatment
The conference will offer 25 workshops and 5 plenary sessions for professionals working with children who have been exposed to violence. Workshop tracks are designed specifically for professionals in the fields of investigation, interviewing, prosecution /legal, mental health, victim advocacy, social services and wellness.
The conference will be held at Pryzbyla Center, 3rd Floor conference rooms, located on the campus of Catholic University of America at 520 Michigan Avenue NE in the District of Columbia.
Conference Registration is closing soon and some sessions have already been filled to capacity. Registration is free and required. Seminars are being evaluated for Continuing Education Units (CEU). CEUs will be offered through the Catholic University of America for a small administrative fee.
If you have questions or require more information, please contact us at 202-252-7130 or send an email to USADC.CEV@USDOJ.GOV
Conference Info Links
Catholic University Of America
Directions To Conference
Virtual Interactive Map
Office Of Victims of Crime (OVC)
DOJ, Defending Childhood Initiative