Design and Implementation of Court Management Systems
In this two to three day training, AIDA provides instruction on court management and justice principles. Training topics include an historical overview of tribal court systems, responsibilities involving roles and duties of court administrators and court clerks, program planning and development, fiscal planning and management, resource development, integrated justice, and court facilities design and development.
Follow on technical assistance includes assistance to tribal court personnel on development of policies and procedures for case processing, records and case management, development of integrated justice system among courts, law enforcement and allied agencies.
Indigenous Justice and Restorative Justice Systems
AIDA provides training to develop indigenous justice systems by incorporating traditional dispute resolution, peacemaking, talking circles, family or community gatherings and traditional mediation, described only by the language of the tribal community. The training includes differences between indigenous justice, restorative justice and community justice. This seminar may be for one to three days and provides a forum for overview and discussion of indigenous justice principles in the context of strengthening or revitalizing indigenous justice systems within Indian Nations.
Follow on technical assistance may include design of strategies to design or re-institute indigenous justice systems or strategies to incorporate indigenous justice philosophies and traditions into modern day tribal court or law and order systems and specialty courts such as drug courts or healing to wellness courts and youth courts.
AIDA provides training on probation systems and targets attendance by probation officers, prosecutors, and other court personnel and allied service providers. This two to three day training addresses development of early intervention, intake procedures and interviewing skills of probation officers. Several goals of the training are to develop and implement culturally relevant and appropriate probation rehabilitation plans aimed at maintaining probationers in the community. Additional training goals are to develop treatment and rehabilitation strategies that address the specific problems faced by the probationer, such as chemical dependency, violent or verbally abusive behavior, mental health issues, etc.
Follow on technical assistance may include specific support to design and implement comprehensive probation systems, along with the needed policies, procedures and infrastructure to support the system developed.
Code and Policy Development
AIDA provides training for code development, policy design and development of attending procedures and protocol at the tribal and state and national level, which effect Indian nations and/or Indian children, youth and families. Topics include understanding the purposes of policy, types of policy, strategies for implementation, the role of intergovernmental relations and agreements, and strategies for obtaining community input.
Follow on technical assistance includes support and guidance on children's code development; design of policies, procedures, and protocols to implement public policy; and on models for intergovernmental agreements.
AIDA firmly believes in advocating on behalf of children, particularly Indian children who have no voice in the justice system. Although AIDA does not provide direct advocacy services for individual cases, technical assistance focuses on code development and public policy and provides training on strategies to raise awareness for child advocacy, protection, pubic defense, and developing intergovernmental agreements to improve access to services and resources for children, youth and families.
Child Protection Teams
This technical assistance and training seminar focuses on child advocacy through interagency interaction and collaboration in child protection teams. This seminar assists trainees to learn about important elements of a child protection team (CPT) and effective response systems. Within a two-day seminar, a focus group meeting is conducted to discuss the existing response systems and training is provided on team processing, CPT structure, and skill development for team members and community awareness approaches.
Early Intervention and Secondary Prevention Programs
The Early Intervention Program (EIP) focuses training on alternatives to traditional processing of status offenders or first time youth offenders arrested, charged and/or adjudicated for substance-abuse crimes and/or non-violent offenses. The goal is to provide early intervention to the at-risk youth or young offender and his or her family so that law-violating behavior can be deterred, to divert young offenders from having a formal court record established, to reduce recidivism, and to prevent relapse into past addictive or negative behavior. A three day seminar provides information on key program elements and includes interactive activities, which allow participants to begin planning a community-based EIP program while at the training.