Working with Special Populations
Immigrant and Refugee Children
National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, offers information for organizations and programs to achieve Effective advocacy requires and understanding of the individuals cultural context.
Washington Coalition Sexual Assault Prevention offers webinar and materials, Culturally Relevant Advocacy for Victims/Survivors of Color.
National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project hosts a webpage with link to immigration relief, access to public benefits and family law protections for immigrant women and children survivors.
With the increase of unaccompanied child immigrants the United States is facing a Child immigrant crisis. The National Association of Social Workers offers experts and resources regarding this topic.
The National Association of Social Workers offers the following resources on immigrant children:
Unaccompanied Migrant Children: Overview & Recommendations
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer / Questioning Gender Identities
Access to Safety research from the Urban Institute, looks at the Health outcomes, substance use and abuse and service provision for LGBTQ youth, and those that engage in survival sex.
Midwest Regional CAC offers a variety of webinars, this one titled Rainbow Families, will focus on the unique characteristics of families lead by same-sex couples and how CAC’s can create welcoming environments for them and their children.
LGBTQ Youth and Sexual Abuse from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers terminology and essential information for all health care providers in the document titled
Talking About Gender & Sexuality is a document from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, offering guidance in respectful language use when working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning individuals
Transgender Basics for Victim Service Providers and Pronouns and Trans People. Offered by Forge, are resources for professionals working with transgender individuals.
Strategies for supporting LGBTQI Survivors, from the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Biannual publication of Connections, offers a variety of strategies to assist professionals in supporting LGBTQI survivors.
American Indian / Alaska Native
Jurisdictional Summary from the United States Department of Justice, Offices of the United States Attorneys, Criminal Resource Manual provides summary format of jurisdictional responsibility when offender or victim are American Indian, where jurisdiction has not been conferred on the state, or by Public Law 280, 18 U.S.C § 1162, or where jurisdiction has been conferred by another statute.
Adapting Evidence-Based Treatment for Use with American Indian and Native Alaskan Children and Youth Subia BigFoot, D. & Braden, J. (2007). Adapting evidence-based treatment for use with American Indian and Native Alaskan children and youth. Focal Point research, policy, & practice in children’s mental health. Vol 21 (1) Pg. 19-22.
A guide for parents on trauma and Trauma in Indian Country A Guide for Professionals are offered by Indian Country Child Trauma Center, College of Public Health, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
A Victim-Centered Approach to Crimes Against American Indian & Alaska Native Children is a Resource Guide and Workbook for Drafting New or Amended Tribal Laws on Crimes Against Children, from the Tribal Law and Policy Institute.
General Guide to Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country and other tribal specific resources and strategies to address child abuse and neglect from Tribal Court Clearinghouse, a project of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute
Working with Children in Indian Country: Mandatory Reporting Obligations and Victims' Rights in Federal Court from U.S. Department of Justice, National Indian Country Training Coordinator, Leslie Hagen
Child Protection in Indian Country a Handbook for Indian Health Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs for professionals working in Indian Country
Passports for Native Children: A Best Practice Approach for Tribal Advocates Working with Native Children who have Suffered Abuse written by Abby Abinanti, Yurok, Unified Family Court, San Francisco, provides guidance for professionals working with tribal children.
Child Protection in Indian Country, A Handbook for Indian Health Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs
Tribal Law and Policy Institute compiled resources relating to child victimization and the development of Tribal-specific resources to address child abuse and neglect.
Child Advocacy Center in Indian Country from NDAA. This report outlines multidisciplinary frameworks in Indian Country.
Coalitions serving victims of violence in Indian Country
The Pathway to Hope guidebook is a resource for Native people to strengthen tribal community responses to child victimization and support community healing.
Children with disabilities
Children with Disabilities: Challenges, Strategies, and Resources is one of the webinars offered on the National Children’s Advocacy Center site.
Sexual abuse of children with disabilities: A national snapshot. offers an overview of the increase risk of sexual abuse for children with disabilities from Nancy Smith and Sandra Harrell and the Vera Institute of Justice, Center on Victimization and Safety
Facts about Intellectual Disability and information about Health Literacy is offered from the the Center for Disease Control
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) from The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association provides information on Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Assistive Technology Industry Association provides information about assistive technology(AT) including products, equipment, and systems that enhance learning, working and daily living for persons with disabilities
Accessibility Toolkit from Children’s Advocacy Centers of North Dakota is an online resource for multidisciplinary professionals to serve children with disabilities that have been abused. The website has multiple resources for professionals, caregivers and disability specific information.
Americans with Disabilities Act U. S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, offer Information and technical assistance about the Americans
Communicating with people with disabilities.
Children in institutional settings
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Resource Center provides training and technical assistance t both adult and juvenile corrections and law enforcement agencies working to prevent, identify and respond to sexual abuse within prisons, jails and juvenile detention centers.
Nature and Risk of Victimization , a Survey of Youth in Residential Placement and their victimization while in placement from the U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs offers
Partnering with Community Sexual Assault Response Teams: A guide for community confinement and juvenile detention facilities is a guide produced by the Vera Institute of Justice, Vera Center on Sentencing and Corrections designed to assist administrators of local community confinement and juvenile detention facilities to collaborate with the community sexual assault response team (SART)
What Children's Brains Tell Us About Trauma: Invest Early is an article adapted from comments by the author, Wendy Smith, an associate dean at the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work, at a Congressional roundtable of the National Foster Youth Institute and the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth in February of 2016.
Children who are victims of sexual exploitation
Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center—offers, Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Minors
A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Domestic Sex Trafficking of Girls from the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown Law is a report identifying a comprehensive collaborative approach to the domestic sex trafficking of girls and how three jurisdictions created a multidisciplinary community response from different system perspectives
Special Issues Facing Juvenile Victims of Human Trafficking is a fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime
Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Minors and Human Trafficking Resources for CAC’s and MDT’s are available from the National Children’s Advocacy Center, Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO)
Health, Education, Advocacy, Linkage (HEAL) HEAL Trafficking is a group of multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to ending human trafficking and supporting its survivors, from a public health perspective. The site offers education, advocacy and resources.
Rescue & Restore Campaign Tool Kits
Vera Institute of Justice has developed a Screening for Human Trafficking Guidelines for administering the trafficking victim identification tool (TCIT). Screening questions can help agency staff to identify victims of human trafficking and help trafficking victims obtain the protection and services they need. The manual is intended primarily for victim service agency staff, social service provider’s law enforcement and health care providers, in conjunction with appropriate training or mentoring.
The Office on Trafficking in Persons, an Office of the Administration for Children & Families offers resources and printable brochures on Child victims of human trafficking.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in collaboration with other front line law enforcement agencies respond to and work toward the prevention of cybercrime. The increase use of Internet in child sexual exploitation has facilitated collaboration between agencies to fight for the protection of children.
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children has created Practice Guidelines around The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: The Medical Provider's Role in Identification, Assessment and Treatment. The guidelines provide medical professionals with an overview of the epidemiology, impact on the victim’s physical and mental health and the role of the medical provider.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children offer a guide for parents and guardians on Child Sex Trafficking in America
Tips for Accessing or Arranging Language Services
Limited English Proficiency (LEP) is a Federal Interagency Website is a federal resource for providing language services and resources.
Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient-and Family-Centered Care
This Roadmap for Hospitals will ensure that the hospital is approaching effective communication, cultural competence, and patient- The Joint Commission: Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care: A Roadmap for Hospitals. Oakbrook Terrace, IL: The Joint Commission, 2010centered care.
Improving Patient Safety Systems for Patients with Limited English Proficiency , a guide for hospitals on how hospitals can better identify, report, monitor and prevent medical errors in patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
A Patient-Centered Guide to Implementing Language Access Services in Healthcare Organizations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health.