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Stay up to date on the latest news and announcements from OVW, the Administration, the field, and the nation. Check out spotlight events and activities to attend virtually or in person. Interested in funding opportunities? Explore solicitations and calls for proposals from OVW, partners, and stakeholders.

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Justice Department Awards $192.8 Million in Grants to Support Community Responses to Gender-Based Violence

On Wednesday, September 13, the Justice Department announced awards in the amount of $192.8 million in grants to support community responses to gender-based violence.  A quote from Attorney General Merrick B. Garland states, “We must confront the continued prevalence of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in our country. Today the Justice Department is marking nearly three decades of the Violence Against Women Act by awarding $192.8 million in resources that will go directly to making our communities safer by supporting and gaining the trust of survivors and holding accountable those who have harmed them.”

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Keep Calm and Understand United States v. Rahimi

On February 2, 2023, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued its decision in United States v. Rahimi. They ruled that prohibiting gun possession for people who are subject to domestic violence restraining orders is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. While the Fifth Circuit’s decision in Rahimi might cause initial alarm, prosecutors must carry on and utilize the laws at their disposal to protect victims. 

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FBI-Led Sweep Targeting Sex Traffickers Recovers Dozens of Minor Victims

Over 200 victims of sex trafficking have been rescued during a nationwide raid last month that included the identification or arrest of over 60 suspected human traffickers and 126 individuals indicted of child sexual exploitation and trafficking offenses.

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Comprehensive Victim Interviewing (CVI): Helping Victims Retrieve and Disclose Traumatic Memories, Training, October 25-26

This opportunity is an intensive 2-day virtual training on Comprehensive Victim Interviewing (CVI), led by veteran law enforcement investigators and other leading national experts.

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Speaker Proposal: 19th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women

This is an opportunity to submit a speaker proposal for the 19th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women. The conference will include computer labs, case studies, workshops, evening screenings, noon sessions, and more.