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NITVAN is a network of coalition across the country, engaged in creating, enhancing, and delivering identity theft victim assistance training and outreach to improve the ability of the coalition members to provide direct victim assistance services.

Use these pages to find the coalition in your area, learn how to join, or take advantage of  training opportunities offered.

Don’t see your state represented on the map? You may be able to start a multidisciplinary coalition in your state. Your state or local community might be poised and ready to start such a collaborative effort. Read on for the Criteria for Membership:

Criteria for Membership

This document details the criteria by which an organization or coalition is included as a member of the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network.

 I. NITVAN BACKGROUND

The National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network began in 2010 with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). The network has expanded and improved the outreach and capacity of victim service programs to better address the rights and needs of victims of identity theft nationwide.

Each coalition-level member within NITVAN coordinates a collaborative statewide or regional multidisciplinary group dedicated to improving the state’s or community’s response to victims of identity theft.

These coalitions have brought together entities interacting with identity theft victims in a variety of capacities to heighten public awareness, affect policy changes, improve communication and cooperation among coalition member agencies, increase responsiveness to victims, improve access to a wider range of services, and improve the  scope and quality of service for victims.

II. SHARED NITVAN MEMBER GOALS:

All levels of NITVAN membership entail participating in a shared sense of mission. The overall goal of all members is to expand victim service programs to better address the rights and needs of victims of identity theft.

This goal of expanding services to identity theft victims may be achieved through various means, including but not limited to:

  • Community outreach and public awareness campaigns;
  • Improved inter-agency infrastructure, coordination, and referrals; and
  • Education and training of service professionals within the geographic region.

III. ELIGIBLITY for NITVAN MEMBERSHIP

A. Coalition-Level NITVAN Members

 During the past several years, NITVAN has grown into a strong and vibrant network of coalitions making real change for identity theft victims in their states. NITVAN now seeks to foster additional coalitions in the remaining states and the U.S. territories that do not currently sponsor coalitions.

The entity which is the lead organizing and coalition coordinating entity in the state must be a nonprofit organization, faith-based or community organization, federally-recognized Indian tribal government, or unit of local and state government. While the state coalition may elect to include for-profit members in the ranks such as local banks and identity theft industry representatives, the coordinator of the coalition shall not represent a for-profit entity.

Coalition-level NITVAN membership may include identity theft victimization training, resources, & collaboration such as:

 Intensive technical assistance with the NITVAN staff, coalition leaders and national experts on strategic opportunities to build and maintain collaborative partnerships in your state.

  • Specialized onsite and web-based trainings to cultivate the expertise among professionals in your state to tackle the issue.
  • Inclusion in the network as a national voice for identity theft victims and a leader in the state on this issue.
  • Participation in webinars hosted by national subject matter experts
  • Access to peer conversations, mentoring and assistance
  • Networking opportunities with other national leaders focused on IDT issues.
  • Assistance in becoming an identity theft victim subject matter expert or expanding expertise

Current support is based on funding availability and scheduling. Direct funding for provision of training and technical assistance by NITVAN from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime continues throughout 2013.

Agencies and organizations who are interested in leading coalitions within their states should demonstrate:

  • Commitment to shared NITVAN member goals.
  • Leadership that will support identity theft victimization collaborative work.
  • Articulated short-term and long-term goals.
  • Dedication to building partnerships statewide and nationally to improve conditions for identity theft victims with:
    • victim advocacy organizations,
    • legal assistance providers,
    • law enforcement agencies,
    • prosecutors and judges,
    • consumer groups,
    • academic institutions,
    • cyber specialists,
    • the financial industry,
    • government representatives,
    • medical entities, and;
    • organizations serving vulnerable populations such as children, older adults, immigrants, low-income clients, and victims of domestic violence.

B. Agency-level NITVAN Members

Agencies and organizations based in states or territories without a NITVAN statewide or regional multidisciplinary group may be interested in directly joining NITVAN as an agency-level member, in order to receive certain peer-support opportunities, access to training materials and more – for the purposes of better addressing the rights and needs of victims of identity theft in their service areas. While NITVAN values the collaborative model of forming an identity theft coalition, NITVAN recognizes that not all agencies currently have the capacity to lead statewide collaborative efforts. These agencies may be interested, however, in the benefits of joining a larger network to receive support in their individual efforts of better serving identity theft victims in their communities. Agency-Level NITVAN Members are limited to public or private victim serving entities, including nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, federally-recognized Indian tribal governments, and units of local and state government. Agency-Level NITVAN Members will be included on identitytheftnetwork.org, designated as such.

IV. MEMBERSHIP INQUIRY PROCESS

Interested parties must submit a letter via email to info@identitytheftnetworks.org on the organization’s letterhead and signed by an authorized representative.

The letter should clearly state the entity’s intention to join as an agency-level member or coalition-level member. Additionally, entities must commit to the shared goals of NITVAN and list specific activities or projects that may be achieved as part of the effort.

Collaborative partners should be listed if applicable and the entity should express the ability of itself and its collaborative group to successfully launch the effort, including any past experience and current strengths.

The letter should state the technical assistance and training that the entity anticipates will be needed from NITVAN to achieve its goals. Finally, the entity should express a desire to actively participate in the NITVAN network via peer support, webinars, conference calls, additions to the toolkit for the field and more.

The inquiry will be reviewed by the NITVAN coalition members, who may offer follow-up questions before voting on membership to the group.