Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director; Katie TePas, Special Assistant to Governor Sean Parnell; and Commissioner Joe Masters, Alaska Department of Public Safety met with representatives from federal agencies this week to present an update on the Alaska Victimization Survey and the Governor's Initiative to end the epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska. Dr. Rosay, Ms. TePas, and Commissioner Masters have worked collaboratively to significantly impact policy and practice to reduce violence against women in Alaska.
The Alaska group presented to over 20 federal agency representatives during a visit to Washington, D.C. coordinated by Leslie Hagen, National Indian Country Training Coordinator, U.S. Department of Justice. The group also met with representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Interior (Bureau of Indian Affairs). The representatives included Gena Tyner-Dawson, Executive Director, Justice Programs Council on Native American Affairs & Senior Tribal Advisor, Office of Justice Programs; Dr. John Laub, Director, National Institute of Justice; Elizabeth Saagulik Hensley, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs; and Darren Cruzan, Deputy Bureau Director, Office of Justice Services. The Alaska group also met with John Katz in Governor Sean Parnell's Washington, D.C. Office and with Senator Lisa Murkowski and her staff.