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NCVRW: Crime Victims in Indian Country and the Rights They are Owed
This presentation will address the need for advocacy and the necessity of providing victims of crime in tribal communities with the rights they are owed pursuant to federal and tribal law. The speaker will cover the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act and relevant tribal codes. The session will also include specific examples of where tribal traditions have been included in the court process, for example at sentencing. Finally, the training will cover special protections provided to child victims and witnesses in federal court. The goal of this webinar is to provide examples of laws, programs and initiatives for victims of crime in tribal communities so that similar efforts may be replicated in communities looking to build a comprehensive victims’ rights program.

Apr 19, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Leslie Hagen
National Indian Country Training Coordinator @U.S. Department of Justice
Leslie A. Hagen serves as the Department of Justice’s first National Indian Country Training Coordinator. In this position, she is responsible for planning, developing and coordinating training in a broad range of matters relating to the administration of justice in Indian Country. Previously, Hagen served as the Native American Issues Coordinator for the Executive Office for United States Attorneys. In that capacity, she served as EOUSA’s principal legal advisor on all matters pertaining to American Indian and Alaska Native issues. Hagen started with the Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Western District of Michigan. She was assigned to Violent Crime in Indian Country handling federal prosecutions and training on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse affecting the eleven federally recognized tribes in the Western District of Michigan. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, she served as the staff attorney with the
Katherine Darke Schmitt
Acting Director @Office for Victims of Crime
Katherine Darke Schmitt is the Acting Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) within the U.S. Department of Justice, where she oversees programs and services that help victims in the aftermath of crime and as they rebuild their lives. She concurrently serves as the Director of the OVC Tribal Division. Prior to that, she served as the Deputy Director of the National Programs Division. Before joining OVC as Associate Director in February 2018, she served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), where she was also Director of the OJP Diagnostic Center, a national technical assistance resource providing customized assistance to states, municipalities, and tribes in criminal justice, public safety, and victim service issues. Ms. Darke holds a B.A. in Government, magna cum laude, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.