Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $750,000)
The VOCA Training and Technical Assistance for Child Abuse Prosecutors program is authorized under the Victims of Child Abuse Act, 34 U.S.C. Section 20305. This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants and cooperative agreements for training and technical assistance to organizations that OJJDP designates.
The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys operates a model national training and technical assistance program for child abuse prosecutors and their team members to enhance the coordinated multi-disciplinary investigation and response to child abuse and to improve the judicial systems handling of child abuse and neglect cases. The program will focus on four principal objectives: 1) Provide training opportunities for prosecutors and related criminal justice professionals that consists of webinars, regional trainings, including the 4th National Prosecutors Summit on Child Abuse and other VOCA events; 2) Provide technical assistance efforts for prosecutors and related criminal justice professionals by maintaining a website and listserv, as well as conducting technical assistance visits; 3) Develop and disseminate publications and resources for prosecutors and related criminal justice professionals in the form of electronic newsletters, reference sheets and monographs pertaining to complex issues of child abuse prosecution; and 4) Increase coordination among VOCA funded programs. CA/NCF