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Upcoming Expert Chat — Taking on the Challenge of Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits

Date: October 31, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. ET

When a jurisdiction reveals that it has large numbers of sexual assault kits that have never been submitted to the lab, they face a number of complex, sensitive, and interconnected challenges. For example, they may need to conduct an audit to learn the nature of the cases and the extent of the numbers, they may need to handle intense scrutiny from the media and community, and they may need to find additional resources to test the kits and investigate older cases.

To better understand the problem and possible solutions, the National Institute of Justice funded multidisciplinary teams to investigate the issues in Detroit and Houston. The projects engaged key stakeholders (including police, prosecutors, victims, and victims support providers) in partnership with researchers. Together the partners explored the underlying reasons of why so many unsubmitted sexual assault kits accumulated over time and made recommendations about how best to proceed.

In this seminar, the teams will discuss the issues they grappled with: how to triage and process the testing of the kits, when and how to notify victims, and how to make policy and practice changes to both prevent future build-ups of kits and enhance the provision of justice for victims of sexual assault.

Moderator: Bethany Backes, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice

Panelists:

  • Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Noel Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • Bill Wells, Ph.D., Sam Houston State University
  • Mary Lentschke, Assistant Chief, Houston Police Department

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Recorded Expert Chats

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Recorded Expert Chats
Title and DescriptionLinks to Media
Automated Victim Notification: The Landscape in the U.S
January 2014
How well do automated victim notification systems work at keeping victims apprised of their offender's criminal justice status? Evaluators of the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) program discuss their findings in a free webinar hosted by NIJ and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Moderator: Kristina Rose, Office for Victims of Crime.
Panelists:
  • Seri Irazola, Ph.D., of ICF international and lead researcher on the study.
  • Erin Williamson of ICF International.
  • Brent Myers, Director of Registration and Victim Services at the Indiana Department of Correction.
Registration is required to view
View recorded version, slides and other resources
Healthy Officers Are Safer Officers: The Nexus Between Performance & Health
September 2012

Moderator: Brett Chapman, Ph.D., NIJ Social Science Analyst.
Panelists:
  • Bryan Vila, Professor, Washington State University, will discuss his work on officer fatigue.
  • Karen Amendola, Chief Operating Officer, Police Foundation, will discuss advantages and disadvantages of 8-, 10- and 12-hour shifts.
  • John Violanti, Research Professor, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, will discuss the long-term impact of police work, including suicide.
  • Theron Bowman, Chief of Police, Arlington, Texas, will comment on how police leaders can incorporate these research findings into their management and day-to-day work.
Registration required to view
Video (1:26:18)

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Elder Abuse Webinar Series: Innovative Research Partnerships
January 2012

Moderator: Andy Mao, Senior Counsel for Health Care Fraud and Elder Justice, U.S. Department of Justice.
Panelists:
  • Kristen Johnson, researcher with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
  • Rachel Lakin, New Hampshire’s Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services. 
  • Kathleen Quinn, director of the National Adult Protective Services Association. 
Registration required to view
Video (1:24:00)

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Expert Chat Webinar: Forensic Markers and Elder Abuse
March 2011

Moderator: Andy Mao, Senior Counsel for Health Care Fraud and Elder Abuse, Department of Justice
Panelists:
  • Lisa M. Gibbs, M.D., Associate Medical Director, Family Medicine, School of Medicine at University of California, Irvine
  • Cherie Hill, Detective, Anaheim Police Department
  • Richard Harruff, MD, Ph.D., Chief Medical Examiner, Seattle - King County, Washington

Registration required to view
Video (wmv, 1:44:00)

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Expert Chat Webinar: Incidence and Prevalence of Elder Abuse
January 2011

Moderator: Andy Mao, Senior Counsel for Health Care Fraud and Elder Abuse, Department of Justice
Panelists:
  • Ron Acierno, Ph.D., Professor, Medical University of South Carolina; Principal Investigator, National Elder Mistreatment Study
  • Georgia Anetzberger, Ph.D., ACSW, LISW, Lecturer, Health Care Administration Program, Cleveland State University; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
  • Marie-Therese Connolly, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Director, Life Long Justice (an elder justice initiative housed at Appleseed)
Title slide linking to recorded video of the webinar Elder Abuse: Prevalence and Incidence
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Video (wmv, 1:45:50, 324 MB)

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Expert Chat Webinar: Combating Teen Dating Violence: Promising Research in Prevention and Intervention for Youth at-Risk
February 2010

Moderator: Carrie Mulford, Ph.D., Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice
Panelists:
  • David A. Wolfe, Ph.D., RBC Chair in Children's Mental Health; Director, CAMH Centre for Prevention Science; Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • Elizabeth Miller, MD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, UC Davis School of Medicine
  • Pat Paluzzi, President/CEO, Healthy Teen Network
Title slide linking to a .wmv file of the full webinar Combating Teen Dating Violence: Promising Research in Prevention and Intervention for Youth at-Risk
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Video (wmv, 1:34:10)

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Expert Chat Webinar: Can You Predict Lethal Intimate Partner Violence?
November 2009

Moderator: Andy Klein, Ph.D., Senior Research Analyst with Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.
Panelists:
  • Marci Van De Mark, LCSW-C, Assistant Director, Adult and Community Services Division, Baltimore County Department of Social Services
  • Jacquelyn Campbell, Ph.D., RN, Researcher; Anna D. Wolf Chair and Professor, Department of Community Public Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • Rene Renick, MA, LPC, EMBA, Director of Programs and Operations, National Network to End Domestic Violence
Title slide linking to a .wmv file of the full webinar Can You Predict Lethal Intimate Partner Violence?
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Video (wmv, 1:51:10)

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Expert Chat Webinar: Parole Violations and Revocations — Evidence-Based Responses to California in Crisis
July 2009

Moderator: Jeremy Travis, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Panelists:
  • Joan Petersilia, Ph.D., Professor of Law, Stanford Law School, Stanford, Calif.
  • Ryken Grattet, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, University of California, Davis
  • Thomas Hoffman, Director, Division of Adult Parole Operations, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Peggy Burke, Principal, Center for Effective Public Policy
Title slide linking to a .wmv file of the full webinar Parole Violations and Revocations: Evidence Based Responses to California in Crisis
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Video (wmv, 1:51:17)


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Expert Chat Webinar: DNA Evidence and Property Crimes
February 2009

Moderator: Katharine Browning, Ph.D., Senior Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice
Panelists:
  • John Roman, Ph.D., Researcher, Urban Institute
  • Mitch Morrissey, District Attorney, Denver, Colo.
  • Greg Matheson, Director, Los Angeles Police Department Criminalistics Laboratory
  • Philip Stanford, Detective, Denver Police Department
Title slide linking to a .wmv file of the full webinar DNA Evidence and Property Crimes
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Video (wmv, 1:33:04)


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Expert Chat Webinar: Sexual Assault on College Campuses
December 2008

Moderator: Marnie Shiels, Attorney Advisor for the Office on Violence Against Women
Panelists:
  • Chris Krebs, Senior Research Social Scientist, RTI International
  • David Lisak, Forensic Consulting, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts
  • Dorothy Edwards, Ph.D., Director, The Violence Intervention and Prevention Center, University of Kentucky
Title slide linking to a .wmv file of the full webinar Sexual Assault on College Campuses
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Video (wmv, 1:34:10)


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Expert Chat Webinar: Sexual Violence: An International Perspective
September 2008

Moderator: Kris Rose, Senior Advisor to the Director, National Institute of Justice
Panelists:
  • Cindy Dyer, Director, Office on Violence Against Women
  • Gary Sheridan, Program Manager for Colombia, International Criminal Training Assistance Program, U.S. Department of Justice 
  • Rachel Jewkes, Director, South African Medical Research Council's Gender and Health Research Unit; Secretary, Sexual Violence Research Initiative
Title slide linking to a .wmv file of the full webinar Sexual Violence: An International Perspective
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Video (wmv, 1:49:32)


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Expert Chat Webinar: Sexual Violence and Evidence Collection
August 2008

Moderator: Sergeant Joanne Archambault, Executive Director for End Violence Against Women International
Panelists:
  • Sergeant Jim Markey, Phoenix Police Department, Adult Sex Crimes Unit
  • Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner; President-Elect, International Association of Forensic Nurses
  • Roger Canaff, Deputy Chief, Sex Offender Management Unit, New York State Attorney General's Office
Title slide linking to a .wmv file of the full webinar Sexual Violence and Evidence Collection
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Video (wmv, 1:59:10)


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Expert Chat Webinar: Sex Offender Residency Restrictions: Implementation and Impact
June 2008

Moderator: Jill Levenson, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Human Services Department Chair, Lynn University
Panelists:
  • Julie Wartell, Crime Analysis Administrator, Office of the District Attorney, San Diego County
  • Timothy Hart, Director, Nevada's Center for the Analysis of Crime Statistics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Kristen Zgoba, Supervisor of Research and Evaluation, New Jersey Department of Corrections in collaboration with Rutgers University
Title slide linking to a .wmv file of the full webinar Sex Offender Residency Restrictions: Implementation and Impact
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Video (wmv, 1:53:17)


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Expert Chat Webinar: Sexual Victimization in Prisons: Moving Toward Elimination
February 2008

Moderator: A.T. Wall, Director, Department of Corrections, Rhode Island
Panelists:
  • Barbara Owen, Professor of Criminology, California State University, Fresno
  • Brenda Smith, Professor of Law, American University; Commissioner, National Prison Rape Elimination Commission
  • Allen Beck, Deputy Director, Bureau of Justice Statistics
Title slide linking to a .wmv file of the full webinar Sexual Victimization in Prisons: Moving Toward Elimination
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Video (wmv, 1:56:01)


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Expert Chat Webinar: What XML Can Do For You: A Better Way to Share Criminal Justice Data
October 2007

Moderator: Deborah Daniels, former Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs
Panelists:
  • Paul Embley, CIO, National Center for State Courts; Chair, Global XML Structure Task Force
  • Paul Wormeli, Executive Director, Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute
  • Col. Bart Johnson, Deputy Superintendent, New York State Police; Vice-Chair, Global Advisory Committee
Title slide linking to a .wmv file of the full webinar What XML Can Do For You: A Better Way to Share Criminal Justice Data
Registration required to view
Video (wmv, 1:34:10)


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Expert Chat Webinar: Fingerprint Identification: The Role of Research in Fortifying the Forensic Sciences
May 2007

Moderator: John Morgan, Deputy Director for Science and Technology, National Institute of Justice
Panelists:
  • Michael Campbell, Training Coordinator, Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.; (Retired) Captain, Milwaukee Police Department and Commanding Officer of Identification Division
  • Peter Komarinski, Chair, Automated Fingerprint Identification System Committee, International Association for Identification
  • Carol Henderson, Director, National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law, Stetson University College of Law
Title slide linking to a .wmv file of the full webinar Fingerprint Identification: The Role of Research in Fortifying the Forensic Sciences
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Video (wmv, 1:51:26)


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Expert Chat Webinar: Eyewitness Identification: Unfinished Discussion and Directions for Future Research
February 2007

Moderator: Philip J. Cline, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department
Panelists:
  • Roy S. Malpass, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Texas, El Paso
  • Nancy Steblay, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Augsburg College
  • James Doyle, Center for Modern Forensic Practice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Title slide linking to a .wmv file of the full webinar Eyewitness Identification: Unfinished Discussion and Directions for Future Research
Registration required to view
Video (wmv, 1:39:36)


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Expert Chat Webinar: Drug Courts Reexamined
November 2006

Moderator: Tom Charron, President of the American Prosecutors Research Institute
Panelists:
  • Mike Rempel, Center for Court Innovation
  • Peter Luongo, Ph.D., Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration
  • Judge Terry D. Terrell, Florida's First Judicial Circuit Court
Title slide linking to a .wmv file of the full webinar Drug Courts Reexamined
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Video (wmv, 1:14:18)


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Expert Chat Webinar: Sex Trafficking in the United States
June 2006

Moderator: Swanee Hunt, Director of the Women and Public Policy Program,  John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Panelists:
  • Ambassador John Miller, U.S. State Department
  • Mark Montigny, Massachusetts State Senator
  • Norma Hotaling, Founder of the SAGE (Standing Against Global Exploitation) Project
Title slide linking to a .wmv file of the full webinar Sex Trafficking in the United States
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Video (wmv, 1:38:53)


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Expert Chat Webinar: Prisoner Reentry: Facing the Challenges of Returning Home
November 2005

Moderator: Stephen Goldsmith, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Panelists:
  • Jeremy Travis, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Terry Donahue, Associate Director, Community Capacity Development Office, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Georgia Lerner, Associate Executive Director for Program Operations, Women's Prison Association
Title slide linking to a .wmv file of the full webinar Prisoner Reentry: Facing the Challenges of Returning Home
Registration required to view
Video (wmv, 1:44:09)


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Expert Chat Webinar: DNA in 'Minor' Crimes Yields Major Benefits in Public Safety
May 2005

Moderator: Katharine Browning, Ph.D., Senior Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice
Panelists:
  • Cecelia Crouse, Ph.D., DNA Technical Leader and Supervisor, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Crime Lab
  • Peter Pizzola, Ph.D., Director, New York City Police Department Crime Lab
Due to technical difficulties, an archived recording of this chat is unavailable.

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Date Modified: October 14, 2014