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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Conference Spotlight: Program Highlights

May 17, 2014

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    NCVLI and its conference are not officially endorsed by the Department of Defense or USAF
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Join us in Portland, Oregon for the 13th annual Crime Victim Law Conference June 20-21st, just one month away! The program is packed with amazing speakers presenting on cutting-edge topics!  Read these highlights and register today! 

Breakout: Advocating for Child Victims of Crime in the 21st Century

This breakout session will provide resources and strategies to advocate successfully for child victims of crime. Warren H. Binford, Associate Professor of Law & Director of the Clinical Law Program at Willamette University College of Law, will cover both domestic and international legal resources and highlight some of the gaps and challenges that remain. The session will consider the unique legal status and developmental needs of child victims and share strategies as a group on how to adapt our advocacy to children in crisis, focusing on their full restoration and recovery. 

Not DOD endorsed.Plenary: Military Special Victim Counsel: Reflections on One Year of Practice and Lessons for the Future*

For over one year, the United States Air Force has assigned attorneys to represent sexual assault victims.  These Special Victims’ Counsel (SVC) judge advocates have spearheaded an increase in advocacy for victims’ rights, especially in the military justice system.  SVCs help clients from the decision to make a report, through the investigation, and in the court-martial process. Captain Seth Dilworth, JD, Special Victims’ Counsel, United States Air Force will discuss the challenges and successes of the SVC program in its first year, including lessons learned and how they can be applied to all justice systems.

NCVLI and its conference are not officially endorsed by the Department of Defense or USAF

Plenary: Audism and Deaf Community Cultural Wealth

Deaf people constitute an oppressed linguistic minority group, but they have had a long history of resisting oppression through the utilization of Deaf Community Cultural Wealth (DCCW).  Flavia Fleischer, PhD, Chair of the Deaf Studies Department, California State University, Northridge, willexplore audism, what it is and how it manifests itself. Also discussed is the role of DCCW and its six capitals, which are linguistic, social, familial, navigational, aspirational, and resistant, in resisting audism and how Deaf people actively resist oppression in order to not only survive but also thrive. In understanding DCCW, we become better able to understand the value and importance of Deaf community to our society. 

Breakout: From Victim to Perpetrator: Shifting Identities in the Eyes of the Law

The judicial system’s binary view of victim versus perpetrator crumbles dramatically in the messy real world of intimate partner battering and its effects. In many cases, the law affords sufferers of battering “victim status” up until the moment they seek to help themselves. Then they cease being victims and become “perpetrators” in the eyes of the law, while their perpetrators are instantly transformed into “victims.” Joshua Safran, JD, Author, and very occasional Rabbi, will examine case law, penal codes, and the impact of the cycle of violence on multiple generations.


*NCVLI and its conference are not officially endorsed by the Department of Defense or USAF