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August 28, 2010 2 students aspire to help teen crime victims Thae, 16, and Ar Ma, a South Side High School student, recently attended a national conference about under served teen victims, and now they hope to bring what they learned back to Fort Wayne. (more)
August 6, 2010 Diversity Training to local agencies provide resources that equip them with culturally competent skills in serving the many diversities in the community. (more)
June 30, 2010 Keeping refugees from being victims So Patrick Chesebrough, the addictions coordinator for the immigrant and refugee support group Crime Victim Care, spent some time with his English-Burmese dictionary and memorized the numbers 1 through 10 in Burmese. (more)
May 12, 2010 Dr. Saneta Maiko together with his team address culturally competent issues at the conference organized by Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Abuse located at Purdue University West Lafayette. (more)
April 22, 2010 We need to do better in reaching out to immigrant victims of crime In April, the United States celebrates National Crime Victim Rights Week, with voices calling for the public to be aware of the rights that crime victims have and how to better treat them whenever they become victims. (more)
March 1, 2008 Dr. Saneta Maiko also remembers his own country in times of post-election violence. (more)
October 4, 2007 Dr. Saneta Maiko, one of the guest speakers during the Annual conference on youth of 2007 organized by Great KIDS make Great communities. (more)
April 6, 2007 Dr. Maiko comments when rape crime hit a refugee in the community. (more)
News September 20, 2006
More resources available for local crime victims
By Robbin L. Melton
The Rev. Saneta Maiko established Crime Victim Care of Allen County.
According to the 2004 Fort Wayne Police Department’s Annual Report, Victim’s Assistance handled 4,860 cases involving child abuse, molestation, homicide, domestic violence, assault, sexual assault, DUI, robbery and other crimes perpetrated against area citizens. Imagine if half or even a third or fourth of those victims were immigrants who might or might not speak English. And, what if they happened to be the only witness in a case that solely relied on their testimony?
Last August, the Rev. Saneta Maiko established Crime Victim Care of Allen County (CVC) initially to help immigrant and non English speaking people in Fort Wayne and Allen County cope with falling victim to a crime. That scope, however, later was expanded to support all area crime victims.
Through CVC, a non-profit and faith-based entity, immigrant and non-English speaking crime victims can receive translation and chaplaincy services, justice system advocacy, court accompaniment, assistance with completing the Crime Victims Compensation application, referrals and ongoing support either via telephone or in person. CVC also maintains a telephone hotline.
“There aren’t a lot of local resources for crime victims, but we’re working with what’s available,” said Maiko, CVC’s founder, executive director, chaplain and volunteer coordinator. “We have a long way to go.”
Through an interfaith outreach initiative, Maiko’s organization provides eligible volunteers with 10 hours of classroom instruction and 20 hours of mentored practice through presentations, role playing and other activities to teach volunteers how to help crime victims cope with their physical, emotional, spiritual and legal needs. Maiko, a native of Kenya, designed the curriculum himself. Though currently working on a doctorate at Concordia Theological Seminary, Maiko holds a masters degree in pastoral psychology and completed 18 months’ chaplaincy training at Lutheran Hospital. In addition to overseeing CVC, Maiko also serves as a Fort Wayne police chaplain.
“We currently have seven volunteers, but there is room for three more,” he said. “We want to work with different communities and we’re looking for other groups interested in supporting our mission.”
Maiko, who received crime victim training from Atlanta’s Crime Victim Advocacy Council, said he was inspired to establish CVC after helping a friend in Kenya cope with a tragedy and by his hospital chaplaincy training experience.
“Crime victims need our presence, security, and our eyes and ears,” he said. “They need someone to stand with them and help them. People don’t need to be told how to cope with trauma and grief, they need support through that process.”
Maiko added that crime victims also might need shelter, food, clothing, transportation, childcare and other necessities too often overlooked, especially in the immigrant community. As its motto states, CVC is “where crime victims are not forgotten.”
“Crime victims are people who might not report their situation to police or don’t want to go to court,” said Maiko. “But, they can call us. We are a model organization with a unique approach.”
Operating from Saint Joseph United Methodist Church, CVC has partnered with Saint Joseph Ministries, the YWCA, Open Arms Ministry, the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Crime Victim Assistance office, Rabbi Jonathan R. Katz of Congregation B’nai Jacob and Dane L. Tubergen, an attorney with Hunt Suedhoff Kalamaros LLP to help get its mission off the ground. And, that mission is well on its way with a $50,000 federal grant administered by the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center and a $2,000 grant from the General Board of Global Ministries. Of the 181 applicants for the Maryland grant, CVC was one of 28 organizations representing 17 states selected to participate in the Helping Outreach Programs to Expand Hope II which included a meeting this past May in Maryland.
Individuals interested in becoming a CVC volunteer must be high school graduates or above, mature in trauma management, willing to attend training, willing to work and meet the spiritual needs of wide cross-section of people, capable of establishing a rapport with others through active listening bolstered by psycho dynamic skills, and able to handle the stressful nature of crime victimization. All volunteers must submit to a background check and evaluations, and practice professional ethics.
Training is scheduled to be held Sept. 23, Oct. 14 and Nov. 11.
Contact CVC at (260) 452-7640 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a volunteer application, or visit www.cvcsrs.org for more information. Crime victims can call CVC’s hotline at (260) 452-7640 for assistance.
Reaching out to help immigrants
By Dionne Waugh, The Journal Gazette
Laura J. Gardner/The Journal Gazette
Chaplain Saneta Maiko, executive director of Crime Victim Care of Allen County, speaks to a group of volunteers. The group is a new faith-based program focused on helping immigrant crime victims.
Laura J. Gardner/The Journal Gazette
Volunteers with Crime Victim Care of Allen County Silas Dauji, left, and Godfrey Kaindio listen during a training session.
Rose knew she needed help when she saw her African immigrant husband struggle with being a crime victim.
She watched as he was victimized by the system that was supposed to help him, and she wondered how she would deal with her feelings about it and support him. She tried to seek help through the government but said she felt as though she was being treated as a statistic.
Her husband felt, as a lot of immigrant crime victims do, that the system didn’t understand him or respect the ideas that were important to him. What Rose’s husband went through was so traumatic that neither he nor Rose would talk about it in any detail, they said.
Rose, who asked to be referred to by a nickname rather than her full name to hide her and her husband’s identity, said she sought out a new victim’s support group in Allen County because of its focus on immigrants and understanding of her faith.
“Anytime you go through a difficult situation, the healing process is long,” said Rose, who is not an immigrant. “What it did for me is allow me to begin the healing process.”
Though immigrants are no different than other crime victims in the pain they suffer, they are different in that they don’t always report crimes because of their legal status, income, language barriers and past experiences with foreign governments – which is why they often don’t trust U.S. agencies.
They don’t know their constitutional rights, or about agencies, such as the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Victim Assistance, that are designed to guide and counsel them through the process. Additionally, the different cultures may not view some events as crimes.
“I’m looking at the migrant population here,” said Maiko, who has a master’s degree in pastoral psychology and is a city police chaplain. “Who cares for them when they’ve been victimized?”
One immigrant family contacted the group after moving recently from Africa. The husband left his child and wife, who had no education or source of income, remarried and then threatened to report his first wife and have her deported if she told police he was stalking her and not paying child support. The wife was scared to go to the police, had no idea what he said was untrue and had no way to take care of her child.
Lynnice Hamilton, executive director of Victim Assistance, said she hopes the new organization will fill a gap between crime victims and her organization.
“We have quite an influx of immigrants in our community – Burmese, Hispanic, African – and we really don’t know how great the need is because they’re not reporting,” she said. “We just know that abuse goes on in cultures in different countries and it’s not a crime. It is here. I’m sure all of that is very confusing to immigrants, so if Crime Care is there and working with us and doing what they can do in the faith community of immigrant, non-English speaking (residents), then that will just help protect victims, and it opens the door to have (them receive) more information about services we provide.”
Why they don’t report
About a dozen people have volunteered to go through the group’s required training and be on call for immigrant crime victims. During a recent Saturday morning session, Hamilton explained to them many ideas, including how actions that are obvious crimes to people born here, are not so clear to immigrants.
Though the Care counselors won’t force victims to report the crimes to police if they don’t want to, the counselors are required by law to report any suspected crimes involving children.
For a lot of immigrants, the thought of making contact with a government agency, such as the police, triggers bad memories of past experiences with the governments of their home countries, Maiko said.
Rose said she knows how that feels. “I don’t think anybody likes bureaucracy,” she said, “but it’s worse when you’ve been victimized.”
That’s why she wants people to know about the local assistance available.
“For people who are not from here and from oppressed populations,” she said, “there’s a place that’s sufficient, helpful and as professional as any other agency, but not attached to the red tape of the system.”
One 18-year-old immigrant from Africa feared the police discovering her immigration status. That’s why she contacted Care when a man who’d promised to get her a job instead tried to sexually assault her, Maiko said.
On a more basic level, many immigrants can’t speak English, so they feel they have no way to communicate. To counter this, more and more agencies offer employees who can at least speak some Spanish, which is the most common language needed. For example, Fort Wayne Police Department stations have an officer at the BenitoJuarezCulturalCenter all day every Monday for Hispanics who feel uncomfortable going to the police station or having police come to their house.
Because immigrants talk with their religious leaders, it’s important for counseling volunteers to understand how different faiths play into their decisions.
Rose said she had sought help from other organizations but felt they didn’t understand how important her faith played into the reasons behind her feelings. Asked why she didn’t talk to her pastor, she said that religious leaders are busy.
Rose and her husband said that pastors are already overworked and would refer them to the system because they’re unsure how to deal with a crime victim’s issues.
” Rose said. “You wonder, ‘How many times will I have to tell my story?’
During her training session, Hamilton told the volunteers that in their capacity they have the ability not only to counsel immigrants, but to help them unlearn certain behaviors without losing their culture.
“There are those that help and those that hurt,” she said. “To treat anyone with less than dignity is to hurt.”
Crime Victim Care of Allen County
Established: August 2005
Services: Counseling, peer support groups, translation, justice system advocacy, court accompaniment, referrals for counseling and other victim services
Volunteers: Must be high school graduates; willing to complete training and accept a criminal background check; and willing to complete required paperwork on the services they provide.
Information: This spring, the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime and the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center Inc. awarded Crime Victim Care a grant to help target crime victims, train volunteers to assist victims and work with other related agencies. The group was one of only 28 out of 181 organizations nationwide to receive the grant.
Contact: Chaplain Saneta Maiko, 260-452-7640
July 25, 2006
Pastor helps provide comfort to crime victims
Chaplain stresses spiritual healing,
which leads to forgiveness
By Nicole Lee
Pastor and Fort Wayne Police Department Chaplain
By Steve Linsenmayer
of The News-Sentinel
Saneta Maiko heads the new Crime Victim Care organization, which helps
crime victims find spiritual and legal help.
Tragedy came at midnight to Bombolulu High School in Kenya.
Fire tore through the school in 1998, remembers Saneta Maiko, killing almost 200 students who slept in dorm rooms on campus. Maiko was a young man who then was studying to become an ordained Methodist minister. He was charged with helping the families affected by the
tragedy, and said he felt ill-equipped to comfort the senior pastor of his
church, who lost a daughter in the blaze.
The case has yet to be solved, but Maiko said that incident stays with him as he works today to aid victims of crime. Now ordained, Maiko is also a chaplain with the Fort Wayne Police Department and with Lutheran Hospital.
He said one of the areas lacking in caring for crime victims is a spiritual approach to healing that ultimately leads the victim to forgive the person or persons who committed the crime against them.
“We want the victim to lead us through the (healing) process,” said Maiko.
So last year, he organized the non-profit Crime Victim Care of Allen County (CVC) and, this spring, the organization received $50,000 in federal grant money to get the program going. One of his first priorities is training volunteers with how to deal with
victims. He said seven people have registered for training, and the first
session begins Sept. 23, followed by monthly sessions in October and November.
Maiko, a native of Kenya who speaks seven languages, wants to train leaders from various faiths in Fort Wayne on victim assistance because the leaders can be critical in helping people who normally won’t seek support from police or other resources because they are
ashamed, undocumented or afraid of being stigmatized.
Most importantly, caregivers cannot force their spiritual philosophies on someone else, Maiko stressed.
“You don’t start with prayer with someone who has been victimized,” unless the person requests it, he said. “Prayer is vital and it’s needed, but should come later once a person becomes stable.”
Lynnice Hamilton, director of the Crime Victim Assistance office of the Fort Wayne Police Department, sits on the CVC board of directors and views it as a great resource.
“We’re hoping the faith-based community will understand the importance of having the correct information, whether (a crime victim) reports to the police or not,” she said.
Irene Paxia has signed up for the CVC training and sees it as enhancing her work as a translator with the Multicultural Information Exchange, an initiative of the American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana. In addition to English, Paxia is fluent in Italian, French
and Spanish and knows some Swahili.
She remembers helping to translate information in French to a homeless person who was trying to get help from the Crime Victim Assistance office and seeing how challenging it was because the person didn’t have an outlet to meet basic needs.
“Those that I train, I remind them we are caring for traumatized souls,” Maiko said.
Volunteer to help
These are the requirements for becoming a volunteer with Crime Victim Care of Allen County:
♦High school graduate
♦Willing to complete 30 hours of training and submit to a background check
♦Willing to complete the required paperwork on the services they provide
Friday is the deadline to register for training. Sessions will be 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 23, Oct. 14 and Nov. 11 at Fort Wayne Police Department headquarters on Creighton Avenue. Contact Saneta Maiko at 452-7640 to get more information.
Victims of Crime
This year through Aug. 31, there have been 3,367 incidents reported to the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Crime Victim Assistance office in the following categories. The office can be contacted at 427-1205.
Domestic abuse: 2,533, Molestation: 281, Robbery: 128, Assault: 116, Other: 114 (threats, stalking, car jacking, etc.), Sexual assault: 103, Child abuse: 67, Homicide: 15, drunken driving: 7, Damage to property: 2, Elder abuse: 1, Source: Crime Victim Assistance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
For more information
Chaplain Saneta Maiko, Executive Director, Crime Victim Care of Allen County, 260 452 7640 or contact Russell P. Butler, Executive Director, Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc., 301-952-0063 or Julie G. Rosicky, Project Director, Hope II, 301-952-1406 with questions or for further information.
We are pleased to announce that 28 organizations were selected to participate in the Helping Outreach Programs to Expand (Hope II).This project is a joint initiative of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC).181 organizations applied for this grant.The Hope II project allows small faith-based and/or community-based organizations the opportunity to create, expand, or improve delivery of victim services in high-crime urban areas from May 31, 2006 until March 31, 2007.
The goals of the overall project include increasing:(1) the number of crime victims served in the target community; (2) training opportunities for service providers assisting victims of crime; and/or (3) the ability of agencies providing services to crime victims to collaborate and form networks with victim service agencies.
MCVRC hosted a grantees’ meeting for the Hope II grantees at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, MD on May 22- 26, 2006.Topics at the grantees’ meeting included: fund development and sustainability, data management, cultural competence, separation of church and state guidelines, fiscal management, strategic planning, volunteer management, marketing and outreach, collaboration, crime victims’ rights and compensation, and existing crime victim services.
Subsequent to the grantees’ meeting, MCVRC will provide on-going technical assistance and training through weekly site supervision, technical assistance, and skills training for paid and volunteer staff.
Characteristics of the sites chosen include:
• Represent 17 states across the United States and utilize volunteers
• Over half of the nonprofits organizations have been in existence for less than 3 years.
• In addition, approximately half of the sites report that they are either faith-based or community-based organizations.
Please find a photo of representatives from each site at the Hope II Grantees’ Meeting at the ConferenceCenter at the Maritime Institute May 22-May 26, 2006 below.
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December 2, 2002, Saneta Maiko’s stand on alcoholism in Kenya commented on. (more)