Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Justice Policy

Maine / New Hampshire Victim Assistance Academy

Event Date and Time: 
Sunday, March 17, 2013, 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Monday, March 18, 2013, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Thursday, March 21, 2013, 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM
Friday, March 22, 2013, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
7th Floor Events Room - USM Glickman Library
Contact Name: 
Sheri Moulton
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To serve a greater number of victims in Maine and New Hampshire.


To develop and offer a comprehensive academically-based, foundational level training academy to build the capacity of victim assistance providers, victim advocates, criminal justice personnel and other Professionals who work with victims of crime.

Purpose of Academy

The goal of the Academy is to help Advocates become more skilled in their professions and to create a way for ongoing victim service professional development.  The Academy is a comprehensive academically based foundation level training to help build the capacity of victim assistance providers, victim advocates, criminal justice personnel and other professionals who work with victims.  While some participants have previous training in their area of specialization, the Academy provides an overview and in-depth understanding of the entire field of victimization, victim rights and victim assistance. 

Academy Goals

  • To promote critical thinking and broaden perspectives on victimization and victim response systems.
  • To expand and enhance the level of professionalism within the victim service field.
  • To provide an opportunity to network with people from other victim services and allied professionals.
  • To increase participant knowledge of national, state and local resources.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation nominates Pious Ali for the Lawrence W. O'Toole Award

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in Cutler’s Children, Youth, and Families Programs, has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Pious is one of six nominees from the New England states.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that student-centered learning – where learning is personalized, engaging, competency-based and not restricted to the classroom – will prepare young people to graduate high school ready to contribute to their communities and succeed. This award is given out each year to an individual, school district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in the New England region.

The winner will be selected by online voting and will be awarded a $100,000 grant to help advance student centered learning!


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