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Aging out of Alaska’s foster care system on his own terms

 |  Anchorage Daily News  |  ,

Mateo Jaime, a Legal Studies student, arrived at the court hearing that would, finally, end his years in custody of the Alaska Office of Children’s Services in a buoyant mood. At age 21, young adults “age out” of foster care in Alaska if they have not been adopted or reunified with parents. A judge approves it in a hearing that amounts to a grim bureaucratic formality: A child has passed into adulthood without the foster care system laying a path to permanent legal family for them, and now they are on their own.

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Slideshow: Legal studies students present oral arguments

 |  Ahliil Saitanan  |  ,

Trial and Advanced Litigation Processes students present their oral arguments before Justice Jennifer S. Henderson in the Alaska Supreme Court Courtroom on Oct. 3, 2022.

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Slideshow: Justice Center welcomes back students with a BBQ

 |  Ahliil Saitanan  | 

The Justice Center hosted a barbecue for its returning students on Sept. 8, 2022, at the Professional Studies Building of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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AK-SAKI conducts research on DPS policies, procedures

 |  Ingrid Johnson  |  , ,

The UAA Justice Center worked in partnership with the Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) through the Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance funded Alaska Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (AK-SAKI) to conduct research on DPS's policies and procedures related to sexual assault investigations, prosecutions, and victim-survivor engagement and support.

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Ingrid Johnson's newest publication explores victim-survivors’ reasons for not reporting to the police

 |  Ahliil Saitanan  |  ,

UAA Justice Center Assistant Professor Ingrid Johnson recently published an article in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, titled "Victim-Survivors’ Prioritization of Reasons for Non-Reporting Adult Sexual Assaults to Law Enforcement." This manuscript used data from a survey of survivors of adult sexual assault in Alaska on their reasons for not reporting to the police, which was part of the Alaska Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (AK-SAKI).