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  • Friday, June 17, 2011
  • Contact: Office of Justice Programs
  • Telephone: (202) 307-0703

Weekly News Brief

OVC Observes Elder Abuse Day ? In remarks at the World Elder Abuse Day at the Capitol Visitors Center on Wednesday, June 15, Acting Director Joye Frost, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), said, "We know that elder abuse victims face unique obstacles in getting the help and services they need ... We need to push our field to think more holistically and consider integrating victim services with other disciplines, both inside and outside the justice system." According to the National Institute of Justice, 11 percent of elders report experiencing at least one form of mistreatment ? emotional, physical, sexual, or potential neglect. OVC has resources for victim service providers tailored to the needs of older victims, including a training DVD, Responding to Elder Abuse, and curriculum for nurses developed by the International association of Forensic Nurses.

Obama's Cabinet Members to Discuss Employment Tips for Former Inmates ? Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, and Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Jacqueline Berrien will join workforce development practitioners in a roundtable conversation, Back on the Job Market: Workforce Development and Employment Strategies for the Formerly Incarcerated at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 21, at the U.S. Department of Labor. For more information, contact A?shanti Gholar at [email protected]. A webcast is available at

BJS Releases Hate Crime, 2003-2009 Report ? An estimated 148,400 hate crimes were reported to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) in 2009, a decline from 239,400 in 2003, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report, Hate Crime, 2003-2009. The report found, almost 90 percent of hate crimes were perceived to be motivated by racial or ethnic prejudice or both. In almost all hate crimes (98 percent), the offender used hate-related language against the victim. Violent hate crime accounted for an annual average of 3.1 percent of all violent crime reported to the NCVS.

Upcoming Events:

The 2011 National Institute of Justice's Conference: Translational Criminology - Shaping Policy and Practice with Research, Monday, June 20, to Wednesday, June 22, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va., is open to the media. For more information, contact Sheila Jerusalem, 202-616-3227.