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  • MODULE 18: USING SPECIES VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENTS TO EFFECTIVELY ADDRESS WILDLIFE CRIME

    Welcome to the Counter Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC) Training Module 18.You will need an internet connection with the ability to download files and stream videos with sound in order to complete this Module.

    A human victim of crime can make a victim impact statement alerting the court to the harm he or she has suffered as a result of the crime. Non-human victims of wildlife crime have no similar voice in court. In the absence of training in ecology and conservation science, it is difficult for prosecutors and judges to assess the impact of wildlife crime. Where harms are underestimated, defendants receive inadequate sentences that do not effectively deter wildlife offending. Species Victim Impact Statements (SVIS) have been developed to help investigators, lawyers and judges understand the real impact of wildlife crimes. This module explains the concept of Species Victim Impact Statements and how to use them at court.

    OVERVIEW

    In this module, you will:

    1. Take a pre-check assessment
    2. Download and review a PowerPoint presentation and other resources
    3. Watch three videos (28:47 minutes, 21:30 minutes and 20:07 minutes)
    4. Take a final quiz
    5. You will earn a Certificate of Completion, which you can download and print, after you download the PowerPoint presentation and watch the videos.

    NOTE: You can expect to spend approximately 90 minutes to complete this module. You can take breaks and come back to the Module if you wish. Your progress will be saved. To view English subtitles for the video, click the "CC" button on the video toolbar.

    START THE MODULE

    To begin this Module, please select the Competencies link on the left menu or below:
    • Here is what you will learn in the Using Species Victim Impact Statements to Effectively Address Wildlife Crime module.

    • Here is what you need to do in order to complete this module.

    • Amanda Whitfort

      Amanda Whitfort, BA, LLM, MSc. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Professional Legal Education, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia and a Barrister of the High Court of Hong Kong SAR.

    • The Pre-Check questions are provided to help you find out what you already know about Setting Multiple Snares for Wildlife Criminals. This is not a graded quiz.

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      18.5. GET STARTED Page

      PowerPoint presentations for this module are provided in English.

      Not available unless: The activity 18.4. PRE-CHECK is marked complete
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      18.6. ALL VIDEOS Lesson

      CTOC SVIS Mod 18 cover image

      Not available unless:
      • The activity 18.4. PRE-CHECK is marked complete
      • The activity 18.5. GET STARTED is marked complete
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      18.7. QUIZ

      The Module Quiz consists of multiple choice questions. Choose the answer you think is correct. You will be prompted to submit your answer.

      IMPORTANT: Once you receive a passing grade (70% or higher) on the quiz, the button next to “Quiz” on the left will turn green. If you do not pass, you will see a red “x”

      Not available unless:
      • The activity 18.4. PRE-CHECK is marked complete
      • The activity 18.5. GET STARTED is marked complete
      • The activity 18.6. ALL VIDEOS is marked complete
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