Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $450,000)
American Indian Development Associates, LLC will address the difficulty tribes have in attracting, recruiting, and retaining qualified victim services professionals and paraprofessionals 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 students and non-students interested in applying for the internships and career opportunities in tribal-based VS programs in the southwest states of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, and California. The TVSI-II has three goals that parallel OVC objectives. Goal 1 is building the capacity of existing tribal VS programs to become internship sites. Goal 2 targets an intern’s readiness and support for a successful internship that complements academic and career goals. Goal 3 documents the TVSI project process, outcomes, and potential long-term impact. The TVSI Program will facilitate the development of tribal, academic, and non-profit partnerships to support multiple internship opportunities at various sites in the service area. The TVSI-II will recruit up to 36 interns and place them at up to 14 different tribal VS programs in the targeted region.