ISAAC theme art.png

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Legal resources and guides for professionals responding to sexual assault of American Indian and Alaska Native people.

Courthouse building

Access a resource for American Indian and Alaska Native Nations, American Indian and Alaska Native people, tribal justice systems, victims services providers, tribal service providers, and others involved in the improvement of justice in Indian country. Learn more >

Silhouette of woman with long hair blowing in wind.

Indian Law Resource Center's Safe Women, Strong Nations project provides Indian nations and Native women’s organizations with assistance to build the capacity of Indian nations to investigate, prosecute, and punish those who commit violence against Native women and restore safety to Native women. Learn more >

Courthouse building

Access the annual report of proceedings from the 2020 15th Annual Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation. Learn more >

Courthouse building

The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) announced their updated directory which includes a detailed listing of the 13 currently operational Tribal-State Court forums around the nation. Learn more >

Image of red lightbulb hanging.

VINE, Victim Information Notification Everyday, is the nation’s leading victim notification network. It allows survivors, victims of crime, and other concerned citizens to access timely and reliable information about offenders or criminal cases in U.S. jails and prisons. Access their 24/7 Helpline at 1-866-277-7477. Register and stay informed. Learn more >

 

Image of red lightbulb hanging.

This brief, from the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI), provides a summary overview of Tribal-State Court Forums and includes a chart that provides an overview of key features of forums, such as membership attributes, information about authorizing documents and key accomplishments. Learn more >

Organizations 

ISAAC is not a provider of legal advocacy. However, we have listed organizations below who have expertise in sexual assault and domestic violence in providing either technical assistance and training, or victim assistance. This information is designed to help providers and victims seek legal services.

 

When working with Tribal Courts, their laws may differ from each community. If you have questions about Tribal Court, consult with tribal courts administrative staff. For legal advice, consult with an attorney who specializes in your subject matter and jurisdiction which you seek. If you are in Alaska, access state-specific legal resources online here.

AEquitas

AEquitas is a nonprofit organization focused on developing, evaluating, and refining prosecution practices related to gender-based violence and human trafficking cases through an informed, practical, and innovative approach.

Battered Women's Justice Project (BWJP)

Battered Women's Justice Project is the national resource center on civil and criminal justice responses to intimate partner violence (IPV).

Family Justice Center Alliance (FJCA)

The Family Justice Center Alliance is a program of Alliance for HOPE International, one of the leading domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and intervention organizations in the United States.  The FJCA serves as the clearinghouse, research center, and national affiliation organization for Family Justice Centers and other multi-agency models that serve victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, child abuse, and/or human trafficking.

Institute for Native Justice (INJ)

The Institute for Native Justice, a division of the American Indian Resource Center, is a professional and innovative effort to help tribal and rural communities provide justice which is fair and balanced for victims of crime. In particular, INJ focuses on victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking by highlighting inequities in the justice system and by promoting evidence-based approaches to help remedy unjust practices and policies.

Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI)

The Tribal Law and Policy Institute provides training and technical assistance to enhance the capacity of tribal communities to establish dedicated tribal domestic dockets or courts. Our goals are: To provide training/technical assistance and resources to assist the development of tribal domestic violence courts or dockets; To create a resource guide for tribes interested in developing a domestic violence court or docket; and To hold webinars and develop resources that will promote the implementation of tribal domestic violence courts or dockets.