Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $450,000)
The Developing Future Victim Specialists to Serve American Indian/Alaska Native Victims of Crime Program statutory authorities are 34 U.S.C. § 20103(c)(1)(B) and 34 U.S.C. § 20103(c)(3)(E)(i). Through this program, OVC seeks to further cultivate a workforce focused on providing services to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victims in hard-to-staff positions and locations. By identifying and training prospective victim service professionals in, or from, the communities to be served, tribal and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) victim service programs will be better able to fill direct victim service positions in remote Indian Country and Alaska Native locations, and in turn ensure that victims in these locations get the services they need.
American Indian Development Associates will address the difficulty tribes have in attracting, recruiting, and retaining qualified victim services professionals to work in rural tribal communities through its Tribal Victim Specialist Internship (TVSI)-II Program. The primary goal is to build the capacity of the tribal victim services (VS) workforce by linking American Indian and/or Alaska Native (AI/AN) post-secondary, college, and university students with internships and career opportunities in tribal-based VS programs located in the southwest states of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, and California. The TVSI-II has three working goals that parallel OVC objectives. Goal 1 is building capacity of existing tribal VS programs to become an internship site. Goal 2 targets student readiness and support for a successful internship that complements academic goals. Goal 3 documents project process, outcomes, and potential long-term impact. The project will facilitate the development of tribal and academic partnerships to support multiple internship opportunities at various sites in the service area. The TVSI-II will recruit up to 12 interns (post-secondary, college, and university students) per year, for a total of 36 interns, and place them at up to 14 different tribal VS programs located in the targeted region.CA/NCF