Through a cooperative agreement between BJA and Impact Justice

Making Your Plan: PREA and Victim Services in Jails, Part II

Date / Time
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Presenter (s)
Linda McFarlane, Deputy Executive Director, Just Detention International
Gwyn Smith-Downes, Senior Program Director, Just Detention International
Derek Murray, Senior Program Officer, Just Detention International
Jan Russell, Violence Against Women Policy Project Director, Cook County Sherriff’s Office
Lieutenant Wynnie Testamark-Samuels, PREA Coordinator and Accreditation Manager, Miami Dade
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Susan J. Rubio Rivera, Executive Director, MUJER

Content of the Webinar:
In this new PREA Resource Center and JDI webinar, jail practitioners will learn how to develop – and carry out – plans for responding to sexual abuse. The webinar will focus on how to coordinate the actions of staff working inside a facility, such as staff first responders and management, and those based outside of it, such as victim advocates and other health care professionals. There will also be a section devoted to explaining the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and crisis intervention models, and their effectiveness as a tool for preventing and responding to abuse in a detention setting.

The webinar will provide training on the following skills: complying with national protocols for trauma-informed care; building community partnerships; and creating memoranda of understanding with service providers.  Each of these issues will be presented with the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards in mind, specifically those sections addressing institutional response to sexual abuse.  

The webinar will offer several examples of successful partnerships between jails and community service providers, and will feature a conversation between a community rape crisis advocate and a jail official. This discussion will address concerns about the safety of advocates who work behind bars and on maintaining inmate confidentiality. There will be a question-and-answer session at the end of the training.

Who Should Attend:
People who work at large and small jails, community rape crisis centers, state sexual assault coalitions, victim services, and nonprofit organizations are all encouraged to attend. This webinar may also benefit staff from: local corrections agencies; social and human services agencies; criminal justice and corrections nongovernmental organizations; police and prosecutors; and governmental health, social, and human services agencies; and criminal justice funding agencies.