Refugee Survivors- Culturally Relevant & Holistic Support
This workshop will provide an overview of best practices for supporting and advocating for refugees survivors of domestic violence. We will explore how culture, religion and community influence survivors seeking help and how to best support and empower individuals to stay safe.
Lam Nguyen (Primary Presenter,Co-Presenter), Division of Workforce Services, Refugee Services Office , Lnguyen@utah.gov;
Ms. Nguyen graduated from the University of Utah in Sociology and Criminology and earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Utah. Ms. Nguyen is a Licensed Clinical Therapist Supervisor for the Department of Workforce Services, Refugee Services Office. Ms. Nguyen has held many roles working with at risk populations and underrepresented individuals including persons with disabilities, refugees, immigrants, domestic violence survivors, chronic mental illness, and the homeless. Notably, she has served as the Director of Women Services at the YWCA of Salt Lake City--working with more than half of Utah's domestic violence victims. Ms. Nguyen loves spending time with family, cooking and outdoor activities.
Naima Mohamed (Co-Presenter), Division of Workforce Services, Refugee Services Office, email@example.com;
Naima Mohamed is a former refugee from Somalia. She and her family were resettled in Utah in 2006. Naima graduated with bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah. She also obtained a MSW from the University in 2015. Naima has worked with several of Utah’s refugee communities. Naima has been engaged in community organizing since her arrival to the US. Naima worked with the Free Minds Project, where she worked to identify system barriers that youth of color were facing in high school, preventing them from accessing higher education and she continued this work in the Red Flags Project. After graduate school, Naima worked as coordinator for Salt Lake County’s Refugee Family Child Care Program. Currently, Naima works as a Community Social Worker at Refugee Services Office with refugees who have endured traumatic experiences, and provides the services in Mental Health, Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse. As an individual with a Somali refugee background and as a social work professional, she offers to anyone who interacts with her an example of using one’s strengths to succeed and exploring the opportunities that immigrating to the United States brings to women.