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MN OJP Virtual Conference: Understanding and Addressing Youth with an FASD
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In 2018, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are as common as 1 in 20 people. Youth with FASD are involved with the criminal justice system at an alarming rate as suspects and as victims. It's estimated 60% of individuals on the fetal alcohol spectrum have a history of trouble with the law and a staggering 60% of this population have been sexually, physically or emotionally victimized.

6/2/2020
When: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: Joann Jones
651.201.7318

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In 2018, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are as common as 1 in 20 people. Youth with FASD are involved with the criminal justice system at an alarming rate as suspects and as victims. It's estimated 60% of individuals on the fetal alcohol spectrum have a history of trouble with the law and a staggering 60% of this population have been sexually, physically or emotionally victimized. Without the understanding of FASD, how to identify this population, and how to effectively work with individuals on the spectrum they may face barriers to justice. According to a resolution the American Bar Association passed in 2012, all courts are impacted by FASD and all courts need justice professionals who are knowledgeable. The session will provide an overview of FASD, explore reasons youth on the spectrum may be at increased risk for criminal justice involvement and victimization, and will provide strategies for accommodations/modifications related to addressing disability related to FASD in the legal system.

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Maya Tester, MA, JD
Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
Ms. Tester has a longstanding interest in children who come in contact with the legal system as victims, offenders or witnesses. She has her MA in Child Psychology and received her JD from Harvard University. Ms. Tester joined the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in 1993 and has spent her entire career as a trial attorney in the Child Protection Division. For the past six years she has exclusively handled cases that fall under the Indian Child Welfare Act and facilitates ICWA trainings around the state as part of the Children’s Justice Initiative. Ms. Tester is on the Proof Alliance Board of Directors, the largest organization in the country focused on preventing prenatal alcohol exposure and supporting those impacted by it.

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