On September 27, 2023, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) hosted a 50th anniversary celebration of its National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) in Washington, DC.
Moderated by Kevin Scott, BJS Principal Deputy Director and agency acting head, the morning session was held in the Great Hall at the Department of Justice. It featured remarks from honored guests including Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, Assistant Attorney General Amy Solomon, and Census Bureau Director Rob Santos. An esteemed panel, including Office of Justice Programs and other federal leaders, and nationally recognized criminal justice researchers, shared a rich exchange on the importance of the NCVS in informing criminal justice policies and programs, the relevance of the NCVS in the federal statistical system, research using the NCVS, and past, present, and future uses of the survey.
The afternoon session, held in the Main Conference Room at the Office of Justice Programs, involved leading practitioners and researchers, along with BJS subject matter experts. The two panels engaged questions from audience members, discussed innovations to the NCVS over the decades, reflected on insights from the survey on crime and victimization, and shared some of the outcomes of research using the NCVS on critical topics. Students selected through the NCVS Spotlight Challenge also shared their presentations.
BJS was pleased to welcome so many special guests in person and virtually, including former BJS leadership and colleagues, leaders and colleagues from other U.S. and international statistical agencies, NCVS field representatives, and many more for this milestone occasion.
Events of the Day
As part of recognizing the achievements of the NCVS over the last 50 years, BJS held a special lightning session during the celebration event in Washington, DC, highlighting the work of students selected from the NCVS student spotlight challenge. The students prepared visual presentations describing their work using the NCVS. The opinions in these presentations are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position and policies of the Bureau of Justice Statistics or the U.S. Department of Justice.
Jason Azriel Campos is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Comparative Ethnic Studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. His research focuses broadly on immigration and crime through quantitative analysis. He has a particular interest in issues dealing with victims of crime, crime reporting, and juvenile delinquency with an emphasis on how these experiences impact the lives of people in marginalized communities. Other research areas examine deportation consequences for Latina/o/x individuals with criminal histories.
Isabella E. Castillo is a doctoral student in Arizona State University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She earned her master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and Italian from Indiana University. Her research interests are broadly centered on the multifaceted relationships between disability, intersectionality, policing, and violent victimization. Particularly, her research aims to understand how individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their loved ones comprehend, interact, and are affected by the justice system and its actors.
Jayden Richards is a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee pursuing a degree in Social Welfare with a focus in Criminology. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology. She hopes to have a career in research.
Elizabeth L. Veal is a senior attending the illustrious Hampton University in Hampton, VA. She will be graduating in May 2024 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She recently completed an internship with the Hampton Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. She worked closely with Hampton’s victim advocates, prosecutors, deputies, police officers, and social service workers in an effort to maintain the judicial rights of victims. In Fall of 2024, she aims to begin pursuing a master’s degree in social work.
Sarah R. Wouters is a second-year doctoral student and graduate research assistant in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. Her research utilizes quantitative methods to explore the correlates and consequences of violent victimization, crime in schools, and co-offending.
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