Intensive Session: Understanding Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) for Justice Involved Individuals


Sunday, January 30, 2022
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Session Type: Intensive

This session will highlight how we as Probation should be working with this community and how we can be both allies and supports for the LGBTQ+ community. Presenters will share how this training initiative in Nebraska State Probation has been implemented to create an inclusive organization. This is a foundational training for increased knowledge about SOGIE issues and will lead to safe, inclusive, affirming and welcoming environments for all LGBTQ+ individuals who are justice involved. LGBTQ individuals are overrepresented in both the prison and probation populations. There are a number of factors that impact how individuals identifying as LGBTQ+ are brought to the attention of the justice system.


Kersten Crate
Probation Officer, Nebraska State Probation

Kersten Crate has been a Probation Officer for the Nebraska Probation System since 2019. Her primary focus is creating reentry plans with both incarcerated and recently released individuals. Kersten has a master’s degree in Public Administration. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience with minors in Sociology and LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies in 2017. During her undergraduate career, she attended the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference and Camp Pride in 2016. She was the 2016/2017 Director of Queer and Trans Services Student Agency at University of Nebraska Omaha where she assisted with LGBTQ+ trainings and support groups.

Niki Svik
Judicial Branch Education Trainer, Nebraska State Probation

Niki Svik is a Trainer with the Nebraska Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation (AOCP) – Judicial Branch Education. She has been with Nebraska Probation since 2002 supervising high risk individuals. In 2017, Niki began training with Judicial Branch Education. Niki is a certified trainer for Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI), Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (LS/CMI), Advanced Coaching for Excellence (AC4E) and Master Trainer for Real Colors. In March 2020, Niki developed and implemented the training “Understanding Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE)” for the AOCP. In December 2020, Mrs. Svik received the Diversity Leadership Award.