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December 2023 Featured Resources

This featured news content includes information about National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, Coping With the Holidays for Victims of Crime, and the call for art for the National Indian Nations Conference.

December 2022 Featured Resources

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

President Biden recommits us, “to stopping avoidable traffic deaths and keeping America’s roadways safe,” in his National Impaired Driving Prevention Month proclamation.

This December, we highlight resources to help the field serve victims of impaired driving.

The National Sheriffs’ Association’s DUI Crashes: Real Crimes, Real Victims video urges law enforcement to respond to and interact with DUI crash victims in...

Children and Youth in Tribal Communities: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers

A Guide for Parents and Caregivers 

These materials were created specifically for children and youth in Tribal communities by Native authors and illustrators and are tailored to the needs of young children (ages 2 to 6), school-age children (ages 7 to 12), and teens (ages 13 to 18) who have been the victim and/or witness to a crime and are interacting with Tribal, state, and/or...

Children and Youth in Tribal Communities: A Guide for Practitioners

A Guide for Practitioners

These materials were created specifically for children and youth in Tribal communities by Native authors and illustrators and are tailored to the needs of young children (ages 2 to 6), school-age children (ages 7 to 12), and teens (ages 13 to 18) who have been the victim and/or witness to a crime and are interacting with Tribal, state, and/or federal justice...

Children and Youth in Tribal Communities: Practitioner and Parent/Caregiver Guides

Practitioner and Parent/Caregiver Guides

These materials were created specifically for children and youth in Tribal communities by Native authors and illustrators and are tailored to the needs of young children (ages 2 to 6), school-age children (ages 7 to 12), and teens (ages 13 to 18) who have been the victim and/or witness to a crime and are interacting with Tribal, state, and/or federal justice...

Maggie Mercury | Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials

Summary

Maggie Mercury tells the story of a teen who was a witness in a criminal court case.

She hosts a blog where she and her friends talk about what can happen when a young person is the victim or witness in a criminal case.

The story breaks down this complicated issue for teens in Tribal...

Maggie Mercury: Rights & Roles Book | Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials

Summary

This booklet accompanies Maggie Mercury and describes the jobs of the different grown-ups the reader might meet.

The grownups may be from the reader’s Tribe or a different Tribe, or may work for the local, state, or Federal Government.

The book also addresses rights in the criminal legal system.

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Brandon’s Path: Rights & Roles Book | Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials

Summary

This booklet accompanies Brandon’s Path and describes the jobs of the different grownups the reader might meet.

The grownups may be from the reader’s Tribe or a different Tribe, or may work for the local, state, or Federal Government.

The book also addresses rights in the child welfare system.

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Brandon’s Path | Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials

Summary

Brandon’s Path follows the story of a teen whose family is involved in a child welfare case.

His story follows a ‘choose your own adventure’ style where he meets new adults, learns to ask for help, and discovers things he can do to feel better.

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Marvelous Mitch: Rights & Roles Book | Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials

Summary

This booklet accompanies Marvelous Mitch and describes the jobs of the different grownups the reader might meet.

The grownups may be from the reader’s Tribe or a different Tribe, or may work for the local, state, or Federal Government.

The book also addresses rights in the criminal legal system.

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Marvelous Mitch | Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials

Summary

Marvelous Mitch follows the story of a school-age kid who is a witness in a criminal court case and goes to federal court.

She meets with new adults, like a victim advocate, who ask her questions, teach her how the legal system works, and help her feel better.

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Edgar’s Journey: Rights & Roles Book | Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials

Summary

This booklet accompanies Edgar’s Journey and describes the jobs of the different grownups the reader might meet.

The grownups may be from the reader’s Tribe or a different Tribe, or may work for the local, state, or Federal Government.

The book also addresses rights in the child welfare system.

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Edgar’s Journey | Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials

Summary

Edgar’s Journey tells the story of a school-age child named Edgar, who has to go to the state courthouse with his grandpa to talk about what is happening in his family.

He meets some new adults, goes to new places, and learns about asking for help and things he can do to feel better.

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Marvis & Rockee: Rights & Roles Book | Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials

Summary

This booklet accompanies Marvis & Rockee and describes the jobs of the different grownups the reader might meet.

The grownups may be from the reader’s Tribe or a different Tribe, or may work for the local, state, or Federal Government.

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Marvis & Rockee | Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials

Summary

Marvis & Rockee tells the story of a little boy named Marvis who is a witness in a criminal court case.

He and his toy coyote, Rockee, meet with different grown-ups, like advocates and attorneys, who ask him questions about what happened, and share techniques with him to help him cope with how he’s feeling...

Aiyana’s Journey: Rights & Roles Book | Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials

Summary

This booklet accompanies Aiyana’s Journey and describes the jobs of the different grownups the reader might meet.

The grownups may be from the reader’s Tribe or a different Tribe, or may work for the local, state, or Federal Government.

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Aiyana’s Journey | Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials

Summary

Aiyana’s Journey tells the story of what happens to a little girl named Aiyana after social workers visit her home on the reservation because her mom needs help taking care of her.

She meets some new grownups, goes to some new places, and learns about things she can do to feel better. Throughout the story, Aiyana...

Children and Youth in Tribal Communities

Resources for Use With Children and Youth in Tribal Communities

Children and youth in Tribal communities who are victims and witnesses encounter unique challenges while navigating the justice system. Jurisdictional conflicts and variation in Tribal justice system structure and processes can be confusing and overwhelming for child victims and witnesses and their families.

Many child victims and witnesses have endured multiple forms of violence and victimization over...

Family and Dependency Court Resources

Family and Dependency Court Resources

Use these materials with children and youth who may have involvement with family and dependency court as the victim of or witness to a crime. The materials teach children about how the child welfare system works, what their rights are, and how they can cope with the difficult feelings they might have during the process.

Character booklets about court roles...

A Guide for Parents and Caregivers

A Guide for Parents and Caregivers

Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials includes materials for young children ages 2 to 6 years old, school-age children ages 7 to 12 years old, and youth ages 13 to 18 years old. For each age group, there are materials about the criminal justice system and the child welfare system, so you can choose the materials that will be...

There's More to Me

Summary

There’s More To Me is a graphic novel that tells the stories of five different youth—Alex, Jamal, Jesse, Amy, and Ari. Each character has their own experience as a victim or witness in a criminal case.

To illustrate the common occurrences in criminal cases in which youth are victims or witnesses, the stories showcase the characters interacting with victim...

Brave Oscar

Summary

Brave Oscar tells the story of what happens to a little boy named Oscar after his father is arrested.

To illustrate the common occurrences in criminal cases in which children are victims or witnesses, the story follows Oscar as he meets with a victim advocate and receives counseling, goes to court and testifies (this section is optional and may...

What's Going On? Your Rights and Who You'll Meet

Summary

What’s Going On?—a companion piece to the Sergio’s Story, Zoe’s Story, and Jamie’s Story graphic novels—provides information about—

  • the various people a child or youth victim of human trafficking might meet,
  • the rights a victim or witness has in different courts,
  • how trafficking is defined in the United States, and
  • the laws and services that might...