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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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House Votes to Reauthorize of Violence Against Women Act, including Safety for Native Americans

 |  Native News Online  | 

The House on Wednesday voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act as part of its proposed $1.5 trillion spending package that includes $73.4 million for urban Indian health and $6.6 billion for Indian Health Services.⁠ Sen. Lisa Murkowski mentioned the Alaska Victimization Survey.

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Alaska Court System faces significant trial backlog as courtrooms reopen from COVID-19 closures

 |  Anchorage Daily News  | 

Statistics kept by the Alaska Justice Information Center was featured in an Anchorage Daily News article about how the Alaska Court System faces significant trial backlog as courtrooms reopen.

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Dr. Ingrid Johnson interviewed for true crime series on Oxygen

 |  Ahliil Saitanan  | 

In the summer of 2021, the Oxygen channel visited Alaska to film a true crime series on homicide and violence against women in Alaska. The film crew interviewed Dr. Ingrid Johnson, Justice Center assistant professor, to give background information on crime and other relevant cultural dynamics.⁠

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Anchorage police chief named diversity, inclusion officer at Providence Alaska

 |  Alaska News Source  | 

Providence Alaska announced that Anchorage Chief of Police Kenneth McCoy has been named as its first region chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. McCoy is an alumnus of the UAA College of Health Justice Center.