November 15, 2017

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Sexual Assault Training Program for International Students
Earlier this month, International Student Insurance (ISI) partnered with the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) to announce the release of a free multi-media sexual assault training program designed to educate international students on sexual assault, consent, and bystander intervention. "Sexual assault on U.S. campuses has received a lot of attention, with nearly 1 in 5 women experiencing sexual assault during their time in college, and there are a lot of resources to help schools train and prepare their students on the topic," said Keith Clausen, president of ISI. "However communicating with international students about sexual assault adds a layer of complexity to an already difficult topic, so together with RAINN we have created a high-quality, comprehensive multimedia training specifically for colleges and universities to present to their international students."
The training is available for free to high schools, colleges, and universities throughout the U.S. and to other organizations that serve international students. It is designed to be approximately one hour in length and includes:
  • A Proctor Guide that provides a full script and talking points to walk educators through the entire training.
  • A fully-developed PowerPoint presentation with activities, videos, and more that trainers can use to guide students through the content.
  • Engagement activities designed to reinforce the material and encourage important dialogue about such topics as consent, staying safe, and bystander intervention.
  • Two videos: one is six minutes long and provides an overview of sexual assault, and the second is seven minutes in length and includes real footage of international students discussing the challenges and differences between the U.S. and their home country. Both videos are available with subtitles in eight different languages.
  • A downloadable brochure for students. Schools may request hard copies via mail.
ISI , a specialized insurance agency selling health and travel insurance to students from around the world, offers online insurance plan information to current clients, downloadable policy documents, educational videos on a variety of topics, and free resources for schools and universities to help international educators inform their students.
RAINN , the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, provides the National Sexual Assault Hotline, safety and prevention resources for parents and students, statistics and information about sexual assault and steps one can take following sexual violence, access to state laws, and other important resources.
In May 2017, the National Center for Campus Public Safety convened a daylong forum to facilitate thoughtful conversations about preventing criminal victimization of international students attending US institutions of higher education. Participants represented campuses across the country and included university and college chiefs of police and international student administrators. Representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security also participated in the conversations. A report on this forum, including six potential practices for U.S. campuses to consider while developing or enhancing their own victimization prevention strategies, will be available soon. Those interested in being the first to learn about the release of this forum report may  subscribe to the Weekly Snapshot.

Illustration of two milligrams of fentanyl, a lethal dose for most people. (Source: DEA)
Department of Justice Announces New Tool to Prosecute Opioid Traffickers

On November 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will enforce a new order to help stem the flow of illicit fentanyl analogues into the U.S. due to the disturbing increase in overdose deaths linked to synthetic opioids. All fentanyl-related substances will be scheduled on an emergency-basis and once the order takes effect, "anyone who possesses, imports, distributes, or manufactures any illicit fentanyl analogue will be subject to criminal prosecution in the same manner as for fentanyl and other controlled substances." This new order will make it easier for federal prosecutors and agents to prosecute traffickers of all forms of fentanyl-related substances.
The majority of illicit fentanyls enter the U.S. through a shipping system or are imported across the southwest border. Chemical manufacturers located internationally are aided by illegal domestic distributors in their efforts to evade controls established under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) by creating variants of fentanyls. "Today's action represents just one step in the ongoing fight to battle the opioid epidemic," said DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson. "DEA is committed to using all of its tools to aggressively fight and address the opioid crisis and growing fentanyl problem plaguing the United States."
This proactive approach by the DEA is an effort to reduce the harm caused by these non-medical, non-industrial use fentanyls. The order will facilitate criminal, civil, and administrative actions against anyone trafficking in fentanyl variants. The temporary scheduling of illicit fentanyl analogues will go into effect no earlier than 30 days after the DEA publishes its notice of intent and will last up to two years. A one-year extension is possible if certain conditions are met.
Campus officials can find additional information about fentanyl, opioids, and other drugs at the DEA's dedicated website for institutions of higher education, Campus Drug Prevention. This website provides resources to help prevent drug abuse among college students.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Trauma-Informing Suicide Prevention: Science, Stories, and Strategies
Organization: After an Attempt
Date: Recording available after November 29, 2017 if registered
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Beyond the Obvious: Applying Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
Organization: Homeland Security Training Institute
Date: December 1, 2017
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL
Fee: Registration fee
Title: Mental Health Issues in Education Abroad
Organization: The Forum on Education Abroad 
Date: January 8, 2018
Location: Durham, NC
Fee: Registration fee

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.