Past Special Initiatives

Improving the Justice System Response to Witness Intimidation

Violent criminals routinely escape justice by intimidating the witnesses to their crimes. Intimidation crimes range from crude to complex and when successful, escape the purview of the justice system which allows the criminal behavior to continue unchecked. The pervasive nature of these crimes is devastating to victims and a community's confidence in the justice system's ability to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable. Learn More

Prosecuting Elder Abuse

Successful investigation and prosecution of elder abuse cases requires effective collaboration between prosecutors, law enforcement, judges, advocates, health care providers, and social service professionals - all of whom may come into contact with victims. In addition, these allied professionals require specialized discipline-specific training, multidisciplinary cross training, and ongoing technical assistance in order to improve the quality of justice in elder abuse cases by increasing victim safety and offender accountability. Learn More

Prosecuting Sexual Abuse in Confinement

Sexual abuse in correctional facilities is a crime and a human rights violation. Inmates in our nation's correctional facilities are uniquely vulnerable to sexual violence due to their exposure to and isolated contact with other violent offenders and corrections officers. Each year, over 200,000 inmates are sexually abused, which can lead to physical and emotional consequences including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, drug addiction, and the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. These consequences are not confined to correctional facilities, as 600,000 inmates are released back into their communities each year, making an effective criminal justice response to prison rape that much more crucial. Learn More

Special Initiatives