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9/09/2020  |   2:45 PM - 4:15 PM   |  E

Enhancing Access to Services and Safety for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Immigrant survivors often face additional barriers based on their immigration status and language proficiency, which often results in sharpening the tools of those who cause harm and undermining survivors’ access to safety. Additionally, recent policy shifts -- both actual and perceived – can cause confusion for survivors and advocates and can impact an immigrant survivor’s willingness and ability to report abuse and seek services. This interactive workshop will help advocates better understand the important protections available for immigrant survivors under VAWA and the TVPA. Additionally, we will provide updates and discuss the implications of recent policy announcements so that advocates can better safety-plan with immigrant survivors and help them know their rights and access services and support. We will also share strategies on how to engage in systems advocacy and improve the coordinated community response in order to protect immigrant survivors’ access to safety and justice.

Rosie Hidalgo (POC,Primary Presenter), Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, rhidalgo@casadeesperanza.org;
Rosie Hidalgo, J.D. Rosie Hidalgo has worked in the movement to end domestic violence for over twenty-five years as a public interest attorney and as a national policy advocate. Currently, she is the Senior Director of Public Policy for Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a national resource center with a focus on providing training, research, and policy advocacy to prevent and end domestic violence and sexual assault. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. Rosie previously served as the Deputy Director for Policy at the Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice. Previously, she has worked as an attorney at legal services programs for low-income families in New York City and Virginia and served on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

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