About Us

About the Project

The Tribal Indian Child Welfare Advocates Training Program is funded by the California Department of Social Services, Office of Tribal Affairs and administered by the National Indian Justice Center. The goal of this project is to educate social workers and other professionals working on Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) cases. Project curricula include Tribal Criminal Background Checks, Tribal Customary Adoption, Active Efforts, and Stages of Dependency. Each year, NIJC and CDSS will develop one new training topic.

NIJC staff and consultants will conduct one-day workshops to teach participants about California ICWA regulations and requirements. These workshops will be given over a two-three day period in each of eight training areas across California.

Additionally, NIJC will provide office-based technical assistance to help tribes and counties conduct criminal background checks.

Staff

Raquelle Myers is a staff attorney at the National Indian Justice Center. She is Pomo and a member of the Pinoleville Pomo Nation. Raquelle has over 20 years of experience working with California tribes as a judge, legal expert, training and technical assistance provider, and curriculum developer. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Utah College of Law.

Nicole Lim is a staff attorney at the National Indian Justice Center. She has lectured on various Native American Studies topics at San Francisco State University, California State University, Sacramento, and the University of California, Berkeley. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the University of San Francisco, School of Law.

Ben Myers is a staff attorney at the National Indian Justice Center. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

Christy Garcia is a program specialist at the National Indian Justice Center. She has an extensive background working to recruit Native students into social work training programs and changing social work curricula. She is a graduate of the University of San Diego and California State University, San Marcos.

Christina Tlatilpa Inong is a program specialist at the National Indian Justice Center. She has several years of experience as a social worker and working with local Native youth. She is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and the University of California, Berkeley.

Jennifer Keleher is the training coordinator at the National Indian Justice Center. She is Pomo and a member of the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians.

Cassandra Overton is a financial officer at the National Indian Justice Center.