Special VAWA conferral focused on issues of race and ethnicity
Open to organizations or programs that specifically serve racial and ethnic minority communities, as well as representatives of these communities.
OVW is beginning its first-ever biennial conferral with stakeholders, and we want you to be part of it. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 establishes a conferral process to ensure OVW is informed by state and tribal coalitions, OVW technical assistance providers, and other key stakeholders in the field.
The areas of conferral include:
- the administration of grants;
- unmet needs;
- promising practices in the field; and
- emerging trends.
Due to sequestration and a strong emphasis on limiting conferences and travel expenditures, OVW will host the conferrals online through a webinar and/or conference call process. To save money while maximizing input from key stakeholders, OVW will also convene in-person conferral sessions at preexisting meetings.
To create a safe, productive space for conversation, OVW is limiting participation in certain conferral sessions.
We are inviting you to join the conferral session focused on issues of race and ethnicity. This webinar is open to organizations or programs that specifically serve racial and ethnic minority communities, as well as representatives of these communities.
Within those parameters, we hope to have a wide array of participants. Survivors, service providers who are not OVW grant recipients and other individuals who wish to comment are welcome to join. Please forward this invitation to others who you think should be part of this conversation.
The conferral session will request feedback on the four statutory topics (administration of grants, unmet needs, promising practices in the field, and emerging trends), as well as any other issues raised by participating individuals. The conferral session will be structured as a listening session, although OVW staff may answer questions if answers can be quickly and readily provided.
To maximize the number of people who are able to speak during the sessions, commenters will generally be limited to three minutes, after which their lines will be muted. If the comment is obscene or hateful, OVW may mute the line sooner. If you don’t get the chance to speak or still have more to say, don’t worry – you can submit brief written comments. (See below for details about written comments.)
The conferral will be at 5pm Eastern time to enable participation from all states and territories. It will be closed-captioned and participants will be able to type comments and questions.
You can register for the Issues of Race and Ethnicity conferral webinar at http://ta2ta.org/ovw-issues-of-race-and-ethnicity-webinar-registration.html.
In addition to this conferral session, you are welcome to join other sessions that are open to the public. Dates are subject to change. OVW will provide notice of any changes.
- STOP Formula Grants to States September 24, 2013 at 5pm EDT
- SASP Formula Grants to States and Sexual Assault Issues Generally September 25, 2013 at 5pm EDT
- Services and Access to Justice for Male Victims October 1, 2013 at 5pm EDT
- Vulnerable Populations & Victims Facing Barriers to Accessing Services or Justice (first session) November 7, 2013 at 5pm EST
- Technical Assistance: Needs in the Field December 11, 2013 at 5pm EST
- Vulnerable Populations and Victims Facing Barriers to Accessing Services or Justice (second session) December 12, 2013 at 5pm EST
- Open Forum: Administration of Grants, Unmet Needs, Promising Practices in the Field, Emerging Issues, and Any Other Topics of Interest January 16, 2014 at 5pm EST
To register for a public conferral session, visit http://ta2ta.org/ovw-webinar-registration.html. After registering, you will receive information about how to join the conferrals.
Individuals and organizations may submit written comments for each of the topical calls, but comments are limited to two pages. If comments exceed the limit, only the first two pages will be reviewed. Comments can be submitted any time from now until March 1, 2014. If you would like to submit comments, email them to OVW.Director@usdoj.gov. Please put “conferral” in the subject line.
OVW intends to host a thorough conferral process. However, the conferral plan may need to change in response to developing events in the coming months and to information gleaned in the initial conferral sessions. For example, OVW may determine that fewer webinars/calls are needed or that a particular topic requires additional focus. Notice of relevant changes will be provided via email and/or OVW’s website.
Not later than 90 days after the conclusion of the conferral period, OVW will publish a report that summarizes the issues presented during conferral and what policies we intend to implement to address those issues.
Don’t forget, you can register for the Issues of Race and Ethnicity conferral webinar at http://ta2ta.org/ovw-issues-of-race-and-ethnicity-webinar-registration.htmland/or any of the open webinars at http://ta2ta.org/ovw-webinar-registration.html.
Please forward this invitation to other individuals or organizations who you think should be included.
We are excited to hear from you in the coming months.
Office on Violence Against Women