Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm (Central)
While sexual violence impacts every demographic group, myths about sexual violence within Latin@/x communities create misconceptions around culture and race. By engaging parents, religious leaders, survivors and community members, we can promote awareness, culturally-specific outreach and community engagement toward demystifying sexual violence within Latin@/x communities.
• Build upon personal strengths with cultural identity to work with community leaders to build bridges with community.
• Identify three leaders and others that we don’t normally see as leaders.
• Identify and train organizations on the changing needs of Latin@/x communities
Presenter: Maria Jirau-Torres, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Maria Jirau-Torres is the Language Access Coordinator for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), having worked in the Domestic and Sexual Violence arena for more than 8 years. In those years, she has advocated with and for victims of trafficking, Spanish speaking only survivors and assisted clients in the process of T Visa’s and U Visas. She worked as the child advocate, counselor, prevention educator, medical and legal advocate for the Spanish speaking and Latin@ community. In her current role as Language Access Coordinator for 3 years, Maria facilitates culturally-informed and linguistically-accessible efforts, nurtures partnerships across languages and cultures, develop and provide trainings at local, state and national levels, provide culturally-specific and linguistically accessible technical assistance.
Enhanced Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence
Abusers often use the threat of immigration enforcement as a way to maintain power and control and to make victims less likely to seek protection. For this reason, it is important for advocates to understand how to: help immigrant survivors become aware of their rights; identify special immigration remedies for victims, including special VAWA provisions around confidentiality; and how to prepare enhanced safety plans for immigrant survivors that take into account immigration enforcement. This interactive workshop will also discuss recent immigration policy developments and new enforcement measures that should be taken into consideration when assisting immigrant survivors with safety planning and will discuss practical ways to enhance your agency’s policies, practices and advocacy. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Implement enhanced survivor and family safety planning for immigrant survivors;
Strengthen their general understanding of Violence
Against Women Act (VAWA) immigration remedies for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and trafficking and discuss ways to help eligible immigrant victims to access these remedies;
Identify key ways to strengthen community collaborations; and
Access reliable and updated resources for immigrant survivors, such as know your rights materials, powers of attorney templates, and other resources.