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Authority Regular Board Meeting: May 31, 2018
Posted: May 14, 2018

The Authority Regular Board Meeting is schedule for Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle, N-505 Chicago, Illinois 60606.

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Lunch & Learn Crime in the Media - A Journalist’s Perspective
Posted: May 14, 2018

8 Tickets Remaining
Thursday, May 17, 2018
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

ICJIA Headquarters
300 West Adams Street, Suite 200
Chicago, Illinois

Bring your lunch and enjoy this presentation from Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Frank Main. Frank is a journalist with the Chicago Sun-Times and has been on the Chicago crime beat since 1999, covering everything from the evolution of street gangs to the “no-snitch code” that keeps witnesses from cooperating with detectives. Learn about his work as an investigative crime reporter, his thoughts on being a journalist at a large urban newspaper, and the future of news and
crime reporting.

Space is limited. Register today >>

Hosted by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Center for Justice Research & Evaluation

Questions? Contact Jessica Reichert: jessica.reichert@illinois.gov


ICJIA SEEKS CANDICE M. KANE LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD NOMINATIONS
Posted: May 7, 2018

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Candice M. Kane Lifetime Service Award. Dr. Kane led ICJIA as Executive Director for seven years of a 20-year career with the agency. She retired in 2014 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Cure Violence, where she was Chief Operating Officer. After she passed away in 2017, ICJIA created the Candice M. Kane Lifetime Service Award to honor her legacy.

Nominations should include a brief description of the candidate’s career, the positions he or she has held, and work he or she has accomplished. Ideal candidates should have a career in research, policy, or programming that embodies the commitment Dr. Kane’s life exemplified: a tireless devotion to improving the criminal justice system and the lives of people who are affected by it.

Please email nominations to caitlin.delong@illinois.gov. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 24. The award winner will be announced at the next ICJIA Quarterly Board Meeting.

If you have questions about the award, please contact caitlin.delong@illinois.gov.


Institutional Review Board Meeting: May 3, 2018
Posted: April 30, 2018

The Institutional Review Board is scheduled to meet and Thursday, May 3, 2018 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the offices of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, 300 W. Adams Street, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60606.

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Joint Strategic Opportunities/Coordinating Council Advisory Committee Meeting: April 19, 2018
Posted: April 17, 2018

The Joint Strategic Opportunities/Coordinating Council Advisory Committee Meeting will meet on Wednesday, April 19, 2018 2:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the offices of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority 300 W. Adams, Suite 200, Large Conference Room, Chicago, Illinois 60606.

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Adult Redeploy Illinois Oversight Board Outreach, T.A. & Communication Committee Meeting: April 12, 2018
Posted: April 10, 2018

The Adult Redeploy Illinois Oversight Board Outreach, T.A. & Communication Committee will meet on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. At the following public sites: ICJIA, 300 W. Adams Street, 2nd Floor – Small Conference Room, Chicago IL 60606.

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Register Now: Facilitating Experiential Trauma Information Training
Posted: April 5, 2018

Training Opportunity

REGISTER TODAY for this free 1-day training!

Friday, May 18, 2018
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bunn Auditorium
HSHS St. John’s Hospital
800 E Carpenter Street
Springfield, Illinois 62769

Sponsored by the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council

LEARN TO:

  • Explain the difference between cognitive thinking and experiential memory for victims of trauma.
  • Deliver the results of decades of neuroscience research as it relates to traumatization.
  • Define a newly recognized class of evidence called psycho-physiological evidence.
  • Identify the elements of the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview process.

PRESENTERS:

Russell Strand, Executive Director of Certified FETI and Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Strand Holistic Innovative Forensic Techniques (SHIFT) LLC. Mr. Strand is an internationally recognized expert on child abuse and sexual assault investigations, domestic violence intervention, human trafficking, critical incident peer support, forensic interviews, trauma response, and culture change. He is the creator of the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview.

Myra Ferechil, Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Strand Holistic Innovative Forensic Techniques LLC. SHIFT’s mission is to dramatically shift the paradigm to improve societal responses to individuals who have experienced trauma, victimization, and other complex experiences. Ms. Ferechil provides consultation, training, and assistance to agencies and service providers.

SUGGESTED TRAINING PARTICIPANTS:

  • Law enforcement personnel
  • Prosecutors
  • Victim advocates
  • Judges
  • Probation
  • Social service staff
  • Public defenders
  • Mediators
  • Public health professionals
  • Attorneys

Continuing Education Credits for CDVP, CPAIP, LPC/LCPC, and LSW/LCSW will be awarded through sponsorship from the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence pending approval.

Space is limited. Register today!

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Questions? Contact Mary Ratliff: Mary.Ratliff@Illinois.gov


Revised Protocol for Law Enforcement: Responding to Victims with Disabilities and Older Adults who Experience Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation
Posted: April 5, 2018

In 2011, the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council received a U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women Arrest grant. The focus of the grant was development of an Integrated Protocol Initiative. The scope of the initiative included updating the domestic violence and elder abuse protocols for law enforcement and prosecutors and to create protocols to address violence against people with disabilities. Upon completion of the protocols, in 2013, IFVCC and its partners conducted training of trainers across the state to facilitate local implementation. As a part of the statewide roll-out, the protocols for responding to violence against people with disabilities and older adults were jointly trained. Based upon this experience, it was determined that, though there are differences between older adults and people with disabilities, there are enough similarities in victimology and support requirements between the two populations that merging the protocols will allow a more cohesive response and provide ease of use for law enforcement and prosecutors.

In 2016, in preparation for the merger of the protocols, almost 80 interviews were conducted with law enforcement, people with disabilities, and older adults. Information obtained from law enforcement officers includes the need for more training for working with people with disabilities. The greatest challenge noted by officers is the lack of resources or lack of knowledge about resources. Additionally, spending time with people with disabilities, particularly family members, was suggested as the most helpful experience to increase comfort with people with disabilities.

Interviews with older adults and people with disabilities highlighting their experiences in working with police and their advice for a better response for law enforcement is included in this guide. Information from older adults and people with disabilities indicate a more positive interaction with police when officers take time to respectfully engage and understand how a person communicates. Finally, feedback obtained through the interviews, as well as the insights gained from communicating with local council training teams and previous implementation, form the basis for the new protocols. Workgroups comprised of Advisory Committee members, Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council staff, Local Council Coordinators and local Family Violence Coordinating Council members reviewed the protocols, updated statutes, person-first language and developed new resources for these protocols.

The purpose of this protocol is to effectively guide law enforcement in responding to people with disabilities and older adults who experience domestic violence, sexual assault, abuse, neglect or exploitation through model guidelines, investigative procedures, and legal considerations. Implementation of the protocol will allow for successful partnering with prosecutors, advocates, and others in the criminal justice system in the response to victims who are older adults or those with disabilities. Additionally, implementation supports alignment with legal mandates as well as current best practices. Law Enforcement response is critical to ensuring that victims who are older adults, or those with disabilities, have equal access to the criminal justice system in a compassionate, proactive, individualized manner. Use of this protocol will promote a more coordinated community response with law enforcement by bringing together health care, social service and adult protective services in serving older adults and people with disabilities who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, abuse, neglect, and financial.

View the Revised Protocol