AEquitas is committed to a number of special initiatives which allow us to respond to emerging issues and provide support for governments
and non-governmental organizations in the U.S. and internationally. Two of our current initiatives are outlined below.
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.
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.
Sexual Assault Justice Initiative
"How are we doing?" As prosecutors, we are constantly working to improve our response to sexual violence. We strive to be leaders in
the effort to improve the response of the criminal justice system as whole-to promote safety and healing for victims, to hold
offenders justly accountable, and to make our communities safer. To those ends, we collaborate with allied professionals to coordinate
our efforts and close gaps in the system, we leverage specialized resources and training opportunities, and we implement promising new
practices while refining established ones. Learn More