Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $2,400,000)
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 Departments mission by providing funding for a national training and technical assistance program to enhance the effectiveness of attorneys and others who investigate and prosecute child abuse cases.
Zero Abuse Project (ZAP), in collaboration with the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), will enhance the effectiveness of the investigation and prosecution of child abuse by delivering training and providing technical assistance to prosecutors and other child abuse multidisciplinary team (MDT) members from nearly every state in the nation. This will be done through child abuse prosecutor tracks at national conferences, state and local trainings, and webinars. ZAP will also provide six trial advocacy and other experiential-based training for small groups of prosecutors and MDT members. As part of this project, ZAP and APSAC will expand their current forensic interviewing training to include a number of advanced workshops that will be accessible to prosecutors and other MDT members. In addition, ZAP will produce 18 articles on the prosecution of child abuse. When completed, these articles will be combined into a free, online practical manual for child abuse prosecutors. CA/NCF