06/23/2020 10:00 - 12:00 PST



Meghna Bhat, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) & Sandy Monroy, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)


Rocio Molina, JD, NIWAP (National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project), Claudia Sibaja , California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA )& Sandy Monroy , California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)


This web conference is designed to provide victim advocates with the information needed to assist immigrant survivors of sexual assault in obtaining the full range of legal protections, services, benefits and support they are legally eligible to receive in California.  Research has documented the crucial role victim advocates and community partnerships have in collaborating to help immigrant and limited English proficient survivors navigate access to justice and police protection, legal assistance, immigration relief, protections in family court, VOCA, health care, housing, and other public benefits. The dynamics of domestic and sexual violence experienced by immigrant victims will be discussed, as will the full range of options for immigrant survivors of sexual assault.  Through interactive exercises and group discussions, participants will learn best practices and how Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) confidentiality protections impact safety planning and trauma-informed advocacy and strategies in working with immigrant survivors who qualify for special forms of immigration relief designed for victims (e.g. VAWA, and U/T visas).

Learning Objectives

  • Understand dynamics and barriers immigrant survivors encounter
  • Be familiar with the full range of protections immigrant survivors of sexual assault are legally eligible to access
  • Know how to assist immigrant and refugee survivors accessing housing, public benefits, legal services and justice system help in a trauma informed manner

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