Tribal Transportation Safety Justice Liaison Project

The National Justice Center is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime to administer the Tribal Traffic Safety Justice Liaison Project.

Tribal Traffic Safety Justice Liaison Project addresses the Victims of Drunk and Impaired Driving – Underserved Community topic area. Over 36-months, the National Indian Justice Center (NIJC), administrator of a Tribal Transportation Technical Assistance Program (TTAP), will develop and pilot a program that provides comprehensive training and technical assistance (TTA) resources to tribal and non-Indian justice system personnel to help them provide more effective and culturally competent services to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victims of alcohol-related motor vehicles crashes. The program will be designed to be adopted by 6 other TTAPs, which are funded jointly by the Federal Highway Administration and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to provide transportation TTA to tribes nationally.

The project goal and objectives are to improve tribal and non-Indian justice system responses
to AI/AN victims of alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes on and near tribal lands by:

1) Developing and providing a model “one-stop-shop” TTA program for tribal and non-Indian victim service providers, which will serve as a comprehensive national resource on issues AI/AN victims face in tribal and non-Indian civil and criminal justice systems (by Month 18);

2) pilot-testing the model with 10 or more tribal and non-Indian justice systems nationally and 85% or more of the TTA recipients report increased skills and knowledge to more effectively serve AI/AN victims (by Month 30), and;

3) disseminating the model to 6 other TTAPs and helping them identify and adapt it to address specific issues in their regions (by Month 36).

To accomplish these aims, NIJC will: conduct an assessment of target audience TTA resource needs; develop the program model; pilot-test the program with the stakeholder community, and; disseminate the program model to stakeholders and provide TTA to other TTAP programs that wish to adopt it.

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