OVC seeks to develop a workforce of victim service providers to serve American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victims of crime in isolated locations. By identifying and training prospective victim service professionals in, or from, the communities to be served, Tribal and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) victim service programs will be better able to fill these positions in remote Indian Country and Alaska Native locations, and in turn ensure that victims in these locations get the services they need.
Successful applicant(s) will work to identify individuals who are interested in victim service positions specifically serving Tribal communities. Applicants will create (or continue operating) a victim service internship program that will place individuals in victim service positions either with a BIA or Tribally based victim service program (this can include victim service programs run by Tribal consortia). Applicants are responsible for creating and proposing the structural and administrative makeup of the program, which will include the process for identifying and selecting interns, setting requirements for the program, and addressing privacy issues associated with interns serving in direct service positions. Applicants are also responsible for working with their BIA district or a local Tribally based victim service program to place participants in internship, residency, or practicum experiences for credit or pay.
While applicants may focus their programs on recruitment, training, and placement of current or recent college/university students, applications proposing programs that focus on training other interested individuals (e.g., mid-career professionals seeking a career change, community members without a college education, etc.) are also welcome.
Geographic diversity will be an important consideration in selection, and OVC hopes to fund various programs across the contiguous United States and Alaska.
Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables: https://ovc.ojp.gov/funding/o-ovc-2023-171529.pdf#page=8
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