With this funding, MAC will be creating the Minnesota Identity Theft and Cybercrime Information and Resource Network (MITCIRN). MITCIRN will bring together stakeholders to contribute, learn, and network in an effective and meaningful fashion. With a strong purpose, focused agenda, and organized implementation, MAC and the MITCIRN partner agencies will spend the next twelve months developing a network that is sustainable past the grant period.
Planned MITCIRN activities during the one-year grant period include mapping existing advocacy and investigatory resources, identifying gaps in support services to victims, and discovering Minnesota-specific needs with regard to resources, training, and advocacy. Further, the network will provide a forum to share emerging research and best practices on all response levels, including victim advocacy, legal services, investigation, and prosecution.
The MITCIRN Partner Agencies:
- Clay County Attorney’s Office Victim/Witness Program
- Cornerstone Advocacy Services
- Dakota County Attorney’s Office Victim/Witness Program
- East Metro Crime Prevention Coalition
- Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault
- Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women
- Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
- Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs
- Minnesota Elder Justice Center
- Minnesota Sheriff’s Association
- Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association
- Rice County Attorney’s Office, Communities Against Senior Exploitation Project
- Shakopee Police Department
- United States Postal Service
Julia Tindell, who has been serving as MAC’s administrative coordinator for the past year, will be coordinating MITCIRN. She will begin working on the project on October 30, 2017.
There will be a number of opportunities for MAC members and allies to get involved with MITCIRN in the next twelve months. Stay tuned for more information!