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Considering a Facility Dog for Your Victim Service Program?
On June 29, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. ET, the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Flerida Alarcón, Yesica Cioli, and Marcie Davis on "Considering a Facility Dog for Your Victim Service Program?"

Given the positive effects on survivors, many victim service providers have added or are considering adding a professionally trained facility dog to their programs. During this session, experts will provide practical information about how you can incorporate a courthouse facility dog into your Child Advocacy Center, District Attorney’s Office, Family Courts, Tribal Courts, or other direct victim service programs. Learn how these highly trained facility dogs can work alongside victim service and law enforcement professionals to provide emotional support and positive interactions with children and other survivors. Discover the training required to become a facility dog handler and find accredited assistance dog organizations through Assistance Dogs International.

Jun 29, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Flerida Alarcón
Ms. Flerida Alarcón is the Bureau of Victim Services chief for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, where she has worked for the last 24 years. She is also a current board member of the California Crime Victims Assistance Association. As chief, she has implemented several innovative programs to help assist the county’s crime victims, including the county’s first Special Victims K-9 Unit to support child victims of crime throughout the criminal justice process and aid victims of mass violence.
Yesica Cioli
Yesica Cioli is a victim advocate for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office. She has been working with the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office for 8 years and has been the primary handler for K9 Dozer for the past 7 years. Ms. Cioli was at the forefront of implementing what is now an essential and successful K9 Unit for San Bernardino County.
Marcie Davis
Marcie Davis is a victim assistance and disability advocate and trainer who helps social service leaders create and implement transformational solutions through program development and management, training, technical writing, grant writing, marketing and outreach, and research and evaluation services.