2016 OVW Grantee Training “Addressing Culture: Systemic Responses to Underserved Immigrant Populations”

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, in partnership with the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP, pronounced new-app), invite you to attend the 2016 New Orleans Training  “Addressing Culture: Systemic Responses to Underserved Immigrant Populations.”

This two-day training will focus on assisting OVW grantees recognize and address cultural and language barriers immigrant survivors face in seeking services and effective justice system responses. Through an interactive process, participants will develop holistic and creative approaches to assist immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking and other crimes in a trauma informed manner. Learn best practices for collaboration between law enforcement, advocates and attorneys  to provide a supportive environment for survivors.

In past years we have not been able to accommodate grantees and grant partners wanting to attend this training.  In order to meet the demand this year we are happy to announce that the will be two sessions of the same training offered.

Session 1: Monday and Tuesday, December 12 – 13, 2016
Session 2: Thursday and Friday, December 15 – 16, 2016

The two-day training will include workshops and plenaries addressing the special needs of immigrant  and limited English proficient survivors from diverse cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds.

Topics will include:

  • Access to shelter, transitional housing and public and assisted housing for immigrant survivors;
  • Legal options and protections for foreign born college and high school students who are victims of dating violence, sexual assault,  stalking or domestic violence;
  • Best practices and tools that support implementation of policing practices that promote victim, officer and community safety;
  • Role of language access in providing access to safety, services and justice system help for immigrant survivors and DOJ grant requirements;
  • Skills building workshops for family lawyers representing immigrant survivors including interactive sessions with multiple judicial faculty members;
  • Advocates’ and attorneys’ roles in VAWA, U visa, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and T visa case preparation, obtaining U visa certification and immigrant victim safety planning.

Target Audience: This two-day training is open to advocates, attorneys, family lawyers, law enforcement (federal, state, local, and campus), and prosecutors, funded through OVW, STOP, Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV), Campus, Culturally and Population Specific, Rural, and Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies (Arrest). All other grantees and grant partners must receive prior approval from their OVW Program Specialist to attend.   This training is open to grantees and grant funded partner agencies.

Faculty:  Faculty will include judges and law enforcement officials, and experts on family law, public benefits, immigration, language access and sexual assault. Officials from the U.S.  Department of Education and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have been invited to present.

Registration is limited to 90 persons; attendees may be limited to two attendees per organization.  Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis once we have received complete applications. Once capacity has been reached, a wait list will be created.

The training is free and participants are responsible for covering the costs of travel, meals, and accommodations.  A limited number of travel scholarships will be available only for STOP sub-grantees who do not have travel funding in their grant budgets.

Register for the conference here

View the conference agenda here

Apply for a STOP Scholarship

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We are also partnering with KARAMAH to host a special half-day workshop on December 14, 2016, 1PM to 4PM. This workshop, “Addressing Domestic Violence in the American Muslim Community,” aims to build the knowledge and skills of advocates and family law attorneys to effectively serve Muslim survivors of domestic violence. Training content will include discussion of culture and community, legal remedies for immigrant victims, as well as practical skills for service providers to assess the services and barriers for Muslim victims. By the end of the training, service providers will have a better understanding of the diversity within the Muslim community. This training will also address common misconceptions about Islam and Islamic law. Understanding these nuanced issues will help service providers provide appropriate and meaningful service to their diverse clients.

This workshop will occur on Wednesday, December 14 after Session 1 and before Session 2. Attendees of either session are encouraged to attend this supplemental training opportunity and may sign up when registering for the two-day conference using the link above.

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