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OJJDP News @ a Glance

This issue highlights OJJDP’s fiscal year 2023 funding awards, OJJDP Tribal consultations, a panel discussion on advocacy with system-involved youth and parents, and the Preventing Youth Hate Crimes and Identity-Based Bullying Virtual Symposium.
Message From the Administrator: A New Year Brings New Opportunities for Justice
OJJDP Administrator Liz Ryan - News @ a Glance

Upcoming Events

AMBER Alert Activation Best Practices: January 10, 2024

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The National Criminal Justice Training Center will conduct this no-cost training in Pearland, TX. Attendees will learn new strategies for enhancing their agencies’ AMBER Alert activations. Designed for AMBER Alert coordinators, clearinghouse managers, coordinators of statewide alerts, and national alert program managers, the training will examine the requirements and processes for activating an AMBER Alert, with an indepth review of current best practices. Presenters will also review current trends in child abductions, laws pertaining to mandatory notifications, and resources available when an activation occurs. Registration information is available online.

Child Abduction Response Team Training: January 16–18, 2024

The National Criminal Justice Training Center will host this no-cost training in Memphis, TN, emphasizing the importance of developing a multidisciplinary child abduction response team (CART) when responding to cases involving endangered, missing, or abducted children. Topics will include incident command considerations, search and canvassing operations, and CART activation. Attendees will also learn about resources that can help improve the outcomes of investigations involving missing children. Registration information is available online.

National Mentoring Summit: January 24–26, 2024

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The annual National Mentoring Summit is an opportunity for mentoring practitioners, researchers, philanthropists, youth leaders, government and civic leaders, and affiliates from across the country to come together and drive positive change for young people. Hosted by MENTOR in Washington, DC, the summit offers plenary and breakout sessions as well as chances for professional networking and socializing. Registration information is available online.

Creating a Community Action Plan for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse: January 30–31, 2024

The National Criminal Justice Training Center designed this no-cost virtual training to help child-serving professionals create plans of action for preventing the sexual abuse of children in their care. Topics will include the signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, and the responsibilities of mandated reporters and other stakeholders. Attendees will develop community action plans for their organizations. Registration information is available online.

Protecting Children in a Digital Age: February 22, 2024

This daylong virtual seminar by the National Criminal Justice Training Center will introduce the technology youth use today—including devices and apps—and the role it plays in the lives of young people. The discussion will focus on a proactive approach to digital safety that includes communication, setting guidelines, and training in digital citizenship. The seminar will be offered again virtually on April 9 and May 16, 2024. Registration information is available online.

Criminal Connections: Child Exploitation Material and Child Sexual Abuse: March 4–5, 2024

The National Criminal Justice Training Center will host this classroom training in Framingham, MA. It will feature investigative strategies that address the relationship between child sexual abuse and child sexual abuse materials (child pornography) to supplement an investigation and corroborate victim statements. The training is designed to present new tools relevant for law enforcement professionals, prosecutors, social workers, and providers of victim services. It will also be offered April 15–16 in Hermantown, MN. Registration information for both opportunities is available online.

2024 National Conference on Juvenile Justice: March 17–20, 2024

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The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges will host this conference in Cleveland, OH. Designed for professionals from a broad range of disciplines, it is open to all who are interested in improving the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The conference will include plenary and breakout sessions on issues related to juvenile justice, the trafficking of children, child welfare, best practices for courts, and innovative solutions to these and other issues encountered by professionals in juvenile justice. Registration information is available online.

Date Created: December 12, 2023