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Happy August!

A lot of really great work is taking place at MAC and much of it will be shared with our member programs at the 2023 annual membership meeting and capacity building training.  We are also squeezing in a little celebration in honor of MAC’s 30th Anniversary!

MAC staff, board members, and individuals representing MAC’s member programs, spent two days together having rich conversations about MAC’s future and what it would look like to center equity in every area of MAC’s work.  I could not have imagined how meaningful our time together would be and what would result from meaningful member engagement, board commitment, and staff ability and agility.

MAC is a collective impact network made up of our member programs, staff, and collaborating partners. Collective impact is a network of community members, organizations, and institutions who advance equity by learning together, aligning, and integrating their actions to achieve individual, organizational, and systems level change.

The five principles of collective impact are, 1) Common Agenda; 2) Shared Measurement; 3) Mutually Reinforcing Activities; 4) Continuous Communication; 5) Backbone Support. The four stages of collective impact work are 1) A clear, common purpose; 2) Community engagement and co- production; 3) Relationships and trust; and 4) Results and accountability.

I am excited to share more about how we are honing our collective impact efforts and how embracing the power that comes from working together sharpens the focus of who MAC is and visions to be in the future.  I look forward to seeing all of you on Sept 7th and 8th in St. Cloud, where Naaima Khan with Create Good, will walk through the work we have all engaged in over the past year and how it will shape MAC’s future.

Since you will already be in St. Cloud for the annual meeting and capacity building trainings, plan to attend our 30th Anniversary Gala, the evening of Sept 7th.  This year’s silent and live auctions are bigger and better than ever!  You will have the chance to walk away with a 7-day vacation on the shore of Lake Minnewaska, a paddle board, apple watch, and so much more!  More information and ALL the links are located below in the newsletter.  

As always, thank you for how you show up, every day, for individuals impacted by crime throughout Minnesota!

In Peace,



Annual Membership Renewal

The Minnesota Alliance on Crime is a membership coalition of crime victim service organizations and individuals in Minnesota, including prosecution-based victim/witness programs, community programs, law enforcement agencies, civil legal organizations, and individuals committed to supporting crime victims. We support our membership through training, technical assistance, resources, public policy and legislative initiatives, and networking opportunities.

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Annual Member Meeting and Capacity Building Training

September 7th and 8th, 2023

Kelly Inn, St. Cloud, MN

The Annual Membership Meeting will provide our members and allies the opportunity to learn more about the strategic work MAC staff and board are currently engaged in and provide direct feedback that will shape MAC’s initiatives moving forward. Members can also participate in a book club, strategic planning discussion, and a workshop hosted by Research in Action.

MAC is also celebrating their 30th anniversary as a coalition and will be hosting a fundraising gala the night of September 7th. Members are encouraged to stay after the capacity building events for dinner, drinks, dancing, and both a silent and live auction. A separate registration for the gala is required, as there is a fee. The member meeting and capacity building events are free for MAC members.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 7th

9am-12pm: Annual Member Meeting

12pm-1pm: Lunch provided

1pm-2pm: Book club discussion (Killers of the Flower Moon)

2:30pm-4pm: Strategic Planning presentation and discussion

5pm-9pm: 30th Anniversary Fundraising Gala (separate registration)

Friday, September 8th

9am-12pm: Research in Action Workshop- focused on the Missing and Murdered African American Women Task Force




MAC's 30th Anniversary Fundraiser

Kelly Inn, St Cloud

September 7, 2023 from 5 pm to 9 pm 

Each year MAC hosts an annual meeting for our member organizations to come together to grow our capacity for victim services through training and community building. 2023 is an important year because it is our 30th anniversary and we are hosting a fundraiser at the Kelly Inn in St Cloud which will take place in-person September 7, 2023. We are anticipating that over 150 service providers from across the state will join us.

This fundraising event will be a fun dinner honoring of the last 30 years of MAC while celebrating the start of our new strategic direction. We are looking forward to meeting old and new friends of MAC and the presentation of our Spotlight award, which honors advocates and staff who work with crime victims across the state. There will also be a wide variety of foods to choose from served buffet-style, a cash bar with non-alcoholic options, the live and online auctions, and a wine-pull (with a coffee pull for non-drinkers), a photo booth set-set up, speakers, videos, music, and of course fun to be had by all celebrating 30 years of working together to serve crime victims throughout Minnesota!

We would love to have you come join us! Purchase tickets individually or as a group today!

30 Years of MAC

We are looking for YOU and your stories, photos, and videos about your involvement with MAC over the last 30 years! In conjunction with our fundraiser we are compiling a "30 years of MAC" video and slideshow and would love to talk to you about your work with MAC over the years! Please contact if you have ideas, stories, photos, videos, or people to put us in contact with who have worked with MAC over the years! 


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The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is pleased with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to review the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in U.S. v. Rahimi, which struck down 30 years of federal law prohibiting those under a protective order for domestic violence from possessing firearms in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. NNEDV joined a coalition of domestic violence prevention and gun violence prevention groups to file an amicus brief urging the Court to take up the case in order to overturn the Fifth Circuit’s dangerous and misguided decision. More information.

New National Crime Victims Law Institute (NCVLI) QuickTool: “Identifying victims’ rights and thinking proactively about how those rights can be asserted by a victim - on their own, with a victims’ rights attorney or advocate, or with the assistance of a prosecutor - is key to ensuring that rights are meaningful.  Want to learn more? Take advantage of this free resource, which is available here.

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), the Richmond (Virginia) Police Department and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (North Carolina) Police Department—developed this field-friendly resource providing law enforcement agencies with guidance on how to implement an effective Homicide Support Group program in their jurisdictions: Engaging Survivors of Crime with Empathy and Compassion: A Toolkit for Establishing Homicide Support. More information.

The National Institute of Justice has published an evaluation report of victim/survivor text and chat hotlines, which found that such technology-based services help reach under-served populations. More information.

National Network to End Domestic Violence’s new Securing Devices and Accounts resource is a privacy- and security-focused guide for survivors of abuse, stalking, and other gender-based violence. More information.

NOVA  is hosting a listening session with victim service professionals to hear their perspectives on youth engagement in victim services, to inform the development of the Youth Advocacy Corps, a project that seeks to elevate the next generation of youth leaders in victim services. More information.

The prestigious National Crime Victims’ Service Awards recognize individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that demonstrate outstanding achievements or extraordinary acts in support of victims and survivors and in expanding access to justice across all communities. This year, they have updated award categories to simplify the nomination process. Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m., eastern time on Thursday, August 10, 2023. More information.

Public comments requested on the revision of a currently approved collection: National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).  BJS encourages comments for 60 days through September 11, 2023. Here

The Center for Criminal Justice Reform at the University of Baltimore School of Law, in partnership with NYU's Marron Institute, has just published Realizing the Promise of Crime Victim Compensation: Recommendations to Help Community Violence Intervention Meet the Needs of Underserved Victims. More information.

Zero Abuse Project is pleased to bring you a brand new publication available for download free of charge on their website: Evidence Collection in Child Abuse Cases: A Primer for Investigators & Prosecutors. This publication explores best practices in child maltreatment evidence collection, alongside highlighting new considerations for child abuse evidence recognition and investigative collaboration. More information.

Funding Opportunities:

FY 2023 Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Program. With this solicitation, the Bureau of Justice Assistance seeks applications for funding to improve the capacity of tribal justice systems to address civil and criminal legal assistance needs in their jurisdictions. Deadline August 7, 2023, 8:59 pm Eastern. JustGrants Deadline August 14, 2023, 8:59 pm Eastern. Solicitation.

FY 2023 State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Information Sharing Technical Assistance Program. With this solicitation, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence & Analysis, is seeking applications to support the standardization of information-sharing practices and the identification and sharing of state, local, tribal, and territorial information-sharing exchange promising practices and lessons Deadline August 7, 2023, 8:59 pm Eastern. JustGrants Deadline August 14, 2023, 8:59 pm Eastern. Solicitation.


Felony Murder Law Reform

Thursday, August 31st from 12 pm to 1:30 pm 

The Minnesota Alliance on Crime host State Representative Kelly Moller and reform advocate Toni Cater to discuss the new reforms that have changed the felony murder laws regarding aiding and abetting. Rep. Moller helped to write the new laws and will take attendees through the changes, when they go into effect, and the reasoning behind the changes. Toni Cater will discuss her daughter’s case as well as others that spurred the push for reform. Discussion includes ways to provide nuanced notification to victims affected by these changes.

This webinar is free for all to attend. The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be made available exclusively for MAC members.



Minnesota Elder Justice Center presents: Domestic Violence in Later Life: Unique Challenges Requiring a Victim-Centered Approach, August 3 from 12pm – 1pm. Domestic violence is a problem that affects men and women across the lifespan, yet abuse in later life is significantly underreported. In fact, evidence suggests only 1 in 24 cases of elder abuse cases ever come to light. More information.

Digital Privacy and Safety for Advocates Supporting Survivors. In today's digital age, technology plays a significant role in our daily lives, providing us with communication, access to information, and various other conveniences. However, for individuals experiencing domestic violence, technology can become a tool for control, surveillance, and harassment. Securing devices, such as smartphones, computers, and tablets, is crucial to ensuring the safety and privacy of victims. 8/3/2023 Time: 10 am PT / 11 am MT /  12 pm CT / 1 pm ET Register here.

Part 4 of NCVC’s new National Training Institute webinar series, NCVC Presents: Countdown to Boston, "Preventing Revictimization: The Innovative Approach of Community Courts," at 2 p.m. Eastern on Aug. 9. In the webinar you’ll learn about an innovative and humane approach that not only addresses "quality of life" crimes but also helps prevent revictimization. Plus, you'll learn about contemporary research findings on procedural justice and community courts. Register here.

Technology planning and DV/SA program confidentiality obligations - for IT and managers. August 10 from 2-3 pm Eastern/11am-12pm Pacific.  Confidentiality requirements for victim service providers are stricter than those in most sectors. This virtual Q&A session will focus on tech and confidentiality for those who choose and implement the tech within your organization. This session is for coalitions, and managers and IT staff/consultants at local programs. Register here.

New Laws 2023: The single greatest source of up-to-date legal information related to domestic and sexual violence for: advocates, attorneys, law enforcement, court officials, and other professionals in Minnesota. Standpoint’s New Laws 2023 sessions are as follows: 

        • Aug 10-11 - Marshall, MN
        • Aug 17-18 - Wabasha, MN
        • Aug 24-25 - Alexandria, MN
        • Sept 7-8 - Duluth, MN
        • Sept 21-22 - Bloomington, MN
        • Sept 28-29 - virtual session (Zoom)

Register here for Standpoint's New Laws.

Leave No Victim Behind, the national conference series focused on serving victims and survivors of mass violence, is scheduled for October 3rd through October 5th, 2023, at Texas State University in San Marcos. The 2023 conference theme is "Resiliency in the Midst of Escalating Mass Violence: Effective and Integrated Services for Victims and Community Recovery." CEU's are available for victim advocates. More information.

Join NOVA for their 49th Annual Training Event in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 31 – August 3, 2023. Meet the NOVA staff and helping professionals from around the world at the Marriott New Orleans for 4 days of inspiring keynote, engaging workshops and networking. This year, NOVA’s theme is The Power of Connection. Engage and connect with NOVA’s community of passionate professionals in the field of victim services and crisis response. More information and registration.

Adverse Childhood Experiences & Comprehensive Trauma-Informed Care August 21 & 22, 2023 | 8:30AM - 12:30PM CT a training for professionals who work with children and families, including educators and administrators, childcare providers, law enforcement, youth-serving organizations, health and human service providers, faith-based organizations, healthcare and victim advocates. More information.

Register today to attend the 2023 National Training Institute September 6-8, 2023 in Boston, MA. Early Bird registration for the 2023 National Training Institute is on sale. Each year, the National Training Institute highlights innovative work in victim services, justice, and public safety. The 2023 National Training Institute, will include a variety of plenaries, training workshops, and networking opportunities. More information.

MNJRC's 2023 Conference: Re-Imagining Justice: Centering Humanity Over Fear. Thurs, Nov 16 - Fri Nov 17, 2023. The MNJRC's annual Re-Imagining Justice Conference is an inspirational convening of a broad diversity of criminal legal system practitioners, scholars, advocates, impacted persons, and community members. Through keynotes, plenaries, and breakout sessions, we create the space to share and learn from efforts to bring the criminal legal system closer to a true justice system. More information.

OVC TTAC recently launched a series of Back to Basics microlearning videos focusing on current and emerging trends and needs in the victim service field. This ongoing series has been updated with four new topics, including: barrier-free intake, culturally responsive victim services, multidisciplinary teams, and social media and reaching audiences effectively. More information.

Building Resiliency in Victim Service Organizations training identifies five core elements of resiliency and examines how they can be implemented within organizations to build resiliency in staff. This training is intended for managers and leaders in victim-serving organizations who can implement changes to policies and procedures. More information.

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The Minnesota Alliance on Crime connects systems, service providers, and victims to advance the response for victims of all crime. MAC is a membership coalition of more than 90 crime victim service providers in Minnesota, including prosecution-based victim/witness programs, community programs, law enforcement agencies, and individuals committed to supporting crime victims. We support our membership through training, technical assistance, resources, public policy and legislative initiatives, and networking opportunities.

To join our coalition of Minnesota crime victim service programs, click here.

Staff Contact:

Bobbi Holtberg, Executive Director

Amee Krogfus, Director - Operations

Kim Mongoven, Director - Communications & Development

Becca Muskat, Director - Training

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