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National Child Protection Training Center Receives $1.2 Million

Director Victor Vieth ‘87 Honored for "Outstanding Service to Profession"

The National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC) in Winona, headed by Hamline alumnus Victor Vieth, soon will receive $1.22 million from an earmark in a federal bill approved by Congress in late 2007. NCPTC also has gained a private partner in the National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children. Grants previously have been received from the Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. Foundation for Education, Public Health and Social Justice. According to Vieth, the infusion of both private and federal funds means the center can continue operating without money worries for at least two years.

Founded in 2003, the NCPTC has been hailed for its unique approach to teaching law-enforcement and social service workers how to recognize, investigate, prosecute and prevent child abuse. The center operates training programs in 18 states and is slated to move into an $11.1 million state-of-the-art headquarters on the Winona State University campus this spring. In addition, Hamline University School of Law Professor Mary Jo Hunter and Hennepin County Assistant Attorney Anne McKeig '92 have been working with the NCPTC to develop the first-in-the-nation law school course on "Child Abuse and the Law." The course is being designed to train future judges and lawyers in how to better work with child abuse victims and to prosecute those who victimized them.

Vieth recently was among five individuals selected by Minnesota Lawyer to be honored for "Outstanding Service to the Profession." He has served as director of NCPTC since 2003. He also is the author of Unto the Third Generation, an initiative that has set as its goal the elimination of child abuse in the United States over the course of a century. Vieth recently was an invited guest of Rep. Tim Walz at the recent President's State of the Union address.

"I asked Mr. Vieth to join me at the State of the Union to draw attention to the important work the center is doing on behalf of children and families," Rep. Walz was quoted as saying in the Winona Daily News. "I'd like my colleagues to know more about the important work the center does to end child abuse and give our children every opportunity to reach their full potential in life."

"Victor has spent his entire career trying to protect the most vulnerable members of society-children," said Tom Harbinson, NCPTC staff attorney. "His job as a lawyer isn't just about public service but about serving a higher purpose-achieving justice for children."

A dinner celebration sponsored by Minnesota Lawyer will take place on February 21 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. For more information, visit