Calling all prosecutors! Connect with AEquitas Attorney Advisors and your peers on the third Thursday of every month at 2:00PM ET to examine prosecution strategies, emerging issues, promising practices, and more.
Office Hours is an uninhibited, unrecorded conversation between all registrants. It is NOT a webinar. Take advantage of a chance to meet our experts, converse, brainstorm, and share best practices and challenges in a national conversation.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET
This web-based panel will explore the ways in which bias against survivors from Latine communities affects the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and human trafficking. Panelists will address the following topics:
- Effects of inequalities and challenges that survivors from Latine communities uniquely face as victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and human trafficking;
- Barriers to reporting crimes, such as bias and stereotypes held by law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and jurors that can translate into disparate outcomes for victims through unfair credibility determinations;
- Impact of bias on case assessments of the probability of conviction, and collateral consequences on a victim’s ability to seek restoration;
- Explore strategies for prosecutors’ offices to enhance justice for victims by engaging in cultural humility, improving training, and ensuring accountability reinforced by data.
This project was supported by Grant No. 15JOVW-22-GK-03987-MUMU awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
AEquitas and Esperanza United
Violent criminals routinely escape justice by intimidating the witnesses to their crimes. Intimidation ranges from crude actions and behaviors, such as spontaneous verbal threats, to complex, orchestrated, multi-person efforts to prevent witnesses from participating in the criminal justice process. When intimidation is successful, criminal behavior escapes the purview of law enforcement, and offenders are emboldened to perpetrate further crimes unchecked by the justice system. Prosecutors, law enforcement, and advocates must do more to keep victims safe, hold offenders accountable, and build trust with the communities they serve.
Join us for a National Convening on Witness Intimidation on October 5-6, 2023. This virtual, interactive event will bring together multidisciplinary professionals from around the United States to discuss best and promising practices for preventing and responding to intimidation. Specific topics will include: common and emerging methods used by criminals to intimate victims and witnesses, strategies to assess the credibility of and respond to threats, outreach and collaboration with essential criminal justice and community partners, and responding to intimidation that occurs within courthouses and courtrooms.
This event is supported by Grant No. 2020-YX-BX-K001 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions discussed during this event are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET
Stalking is criminal, traumatic, dangerous and often misunderstood. This webinar provides an introduction to the crime of stalking, focusing on the definition, prevalence, dynamics, behaviors, and intersections with other victimizations (including intimate partner violence). This recurring webinar is offered quarterly to provide foundational knowledge on the crime of stalking.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET
Nearly half of stalking offenders are current or former intimate partners. All stalkers can be dangerous, but current/former intimate partners are generally more threatening, violent, and interfering than other stalkers and may stalk their victims before, during, and/or after the relationship. It is important to identify stalking separate from and in addition to concurring intimate partner violence. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), this webinar highlights the significant connections between stalking and intimate partner violence.
Our staff are available to provide customized training related to sexual violence, domestic and intimate partner violence, stalking, human trafficking, child abuse, elder abuse, and witness intimidation. These trainings can be on-site or web-based and be tailored to specific jurisdictions and scope.Submit Request
We’ve archived descriptions of past trainings to showcase the broad range of our course offerings that can often be repeated on request.View Past Trainings
"As a department just starting the SAKI process, I thought this training as a whole was outstanding. Being here with seasoned departments and hearing about their practices was great. I was able to hear about their roadblocks in the process and how they have overcome them."
"This has been the best training/series of trainings. Inspiring, substantive, well organized. I feel so grateful to be exposed to it. Thank you for doing these trainings. Amazing."
"Best, most focused training I've ever been to on this subject. I honestly feel I've made contacts and friends and resources that will last a career and lifetime. I'm so incredibly thankful to have been afforded this opportunity and look forward to implementing so many of the things I've learned. The staff and faculty were INCREDIBLE, both personally and professionally."
"This was one of the few seminars that actually focuses on real issues we face as prosecutors."
"It was great to have a nationwide perspective, as well as a statewide perspective on Human Trafficking. Hearing what works, what does not work and what resources are out there is invaluable."
"Really an outstanding conference. I learned an unbelievable amount from the instructors and my colleagues. I feel like I have a much better perspective on DV cases and that I will be much better able to navigate the broad array of issues they entail and prosecute/resolve them more effectively."
"The AEquitas faculty is particularly exceptional. Their dedication to the field is contagious and I hope to be part of future conferences. Thank you for giving me this amazing opportunity."