State Expert Committee: Innovative Approach to Statewide Leadership and Reform

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75 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 19, 2022

Ann Burdges
Ann Burdges
Policy Consultant
President, EVAWI
Amy Hutsell
Amy Hutsell
Program Director, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Unit
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

This session will spotlight how Georgia improved criminal justice and public responses to sexual assault in communities throughout the state with a first-ever State Expert Committee (SEC). Created by invitation, the SEC is part of a larger collaborative project designed to build and strengthen sexual assault response teams (SARTs) across the state that remain respective of local design, resources, and capacity. The project was funded in 2013 with a grant awarded by the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, and administered through the Georgia Governor’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. It involves partnerships with several advocacy organizations, the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Council, the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education, and the Administrative Office of the Courts for all of Georgia’s 49 judicial circuits and 159 counties. The SEC was originally established to provide guidance, training, and technical assistance to support policy and protocol development, training delivery, and resource sharing throughout the state. However, partners quickly recognized that the value extended far beyond its initial purpose and the SEC has grown to include a wide range of critical issues such as improving cold case Investigations, working with the media, and expanding the needs and focus of public policy.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Describe steps to establish and sustain an effective State Expert Committee (SEC) by defining its purpose/mission, role, and expectations that are mutually respected, valued, and reinforced.
  • Identify critical objectives for SEC leadership, including law enforcement training and SART protocol development.
  • Recognize the benefits of media collaboration to communicate effectively while respecting needs and boundaries.


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