Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 8:00 AM CDT
Friday, June 22, 2018 at 4:30 PM CDT

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Dakota Lodge 
1200 Stassen Lane
West St. Paul, MN 55118

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Danielle Kluz 
Minnesota Alliance on Crime 

About This Training:
The June 2018 MAC Fundamentals in Victim Services Training is a two-day advocacy training for victim advocates to develop core advocacy knowledge and skills to provide victim-centered services. This training will cover:

  • The role and importance of the advocate (both community-based and system-based); 
  • Working in collaboration with other criminal justice professionals; 
  • Crime victims' rights; 
  • Systems change advocacy; 
  • Understanding bias, privilege, and oppression; 
  • And MORE. 

The training will feature interactive modules to appeal to different styles of learning, with a combination of lecture, small group work, and games.

MAC will award a certificate of completion to attendees. We have also applied for 10 CLE credits: 2 elimination of bias and 8 standard.

Who Should Attend: 
The primary audience for this training is prosecution-based victim/witness advocates who have been working in the field for less than one year. We highly encourage victim/witness advocates from programs newly funded by OJP to attend. Community-based advocates from general crime, domestic violence, and sexual assault advocates are also welcome to attend, as well as advocates with more experience who would like a refresher training to strengthen their understanding of core advocacy. Others involved in the criminal justice system such as prosecutors, legal aid attorneys, and law enforcement may attend as well.

About The Minnesota Alliance on Crime:

MAC is a membership coalition of 89 crime victim service providers in Minnesota, including prosecution-based victim/witness programs, community programs, law enforcement agencies, and individuals committed to supporting crime victims. The Minnesota Alliance on Crime connects systems, service providers, and victims to advance the response for victims of all crime. We support our membership through training, technical assistance, resources, public policy and legislative initiatives, and networking opportunities.  


  • FREE for MAC members, plus hotel reimbursement if applicable. (Not sure if you're a MAC member? Check here. Want to join MAC before registering? Please email at danielle@mnallianceoncrime.org.)
  • $75 for non-MAC members.

Travel and Meal Reimbursement:
To support your participation in this training, MAC will provide the following support to MAC member attendees:

  • Reimbursement for one hotel room for one night at the Holiday Inn Inver Grove Heights (at MAC's group rate of $96.00 per night) for each program traveling more than 100 miles one way to the training. 
  • You must make your hotel reservation yourself by June 5, 2018. See below for more information.
  • If you are planning on requesting reimbursement, you must fill out the Reimbursement Request Form and return it to MAC by June 8, 2018.

    MAC will reimburse member organizations, not individuals. MAC will only reimburse members who attend the entire training.

MAC has negotiated a special rate of $96.00 per night (plus taxes) at the Holiday Inn Express Inver Grove Heights for training attendees. You must make your hotel reservations by June 5th by calling 
(651) 450-1100 and requesting the room block for "the training for Minnesota Alliance on Crime." 

Training Agenda at a Glance:
Day One: June 21, 2018
7:30 - 8:00 am
8:00 - 8:30 am
Welcome and Introduction
Danielle Kluz, Minnesota Alliance on Crime
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Core Advocacy 
Bree Adams Bill, St. Paul and Ramsey County Domestic Abuse Intervention Project

12:30 - 1:30 pm
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:30 - 4:00 pm
Bias, Privilege and Oppression
Julie Richards, Inquire, Decipher, Progress

4:00 - 4:15 pm
Day One Debrief
Day Two: June 22, 2018
8:00 - 8:15 am
Danielle Kluz, Minnesota Alliance on Crime
8:15 - 10:15 am
Systems Advocacy
Kelly Nicholson, Dakota County Attorney's Office

10:15 am - 12:45 pm
Victims' Rights
Suzanne Elwell, Office of Justice Programs

12:45 - 1:45 pm
1:45 - 4:30 pm
The Scales of Victimization
Bobbi Holtberg, Minnesota Alliance on Crime and Karla Bauer, Survivor

4:30 - 4:40 pm
Day Two Closing and Awarding of Certificates

Registration Deadline:
Friday, June 15, 2018 or when space fills. Our last Fundamentals training sold out quickly so register early to ensure your place!