06/30/2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM PST




Facilitator: Marsela Rojas (she/her), Project Manager; Co-facilitator: Claudia Sibaja (she/her), Project Coordinator


What is a listening session?

A listening session is similar to a focus group and is a type of facilitated discussion with a group of people, aimed at collecting information about their experience. Participants in a listening session are asked to talk about what they know and think about a specific issue. The goal is not to have all the answers and solutions to the issues, but rather to understand the challenges and opportunities surrounding an issue as community members perceive them. 

Why a listening session?

ValorUS is bringing advocate-leaders together to see what can be done to create more collaboration between sexual assault programs and probation and parole in California. In order to do this it’s important that we understand the perspectives and experiences of probation and parole officers. 

We are interested in your insights on all aspects of victim services for survivors and reciprocal collaboration with community partners. Our purpose is to learn from each of you to identify best practices around collaboration with community partners. As a coalition, we recognize that we cannot end sexual violence on our own, nor can we support survivors on our own.

Note on confidentiality: Your ideas and perspectives will be shared confidentially in our collective power toolkit, a toolkit dedicated to providing tools and perspectives on how to collaborate across movements and issues.

How do I know if I should join the listening session?

If you are a probation and/or parole officer.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Marsela Rojas (she/her) Project Manager at Thank you!

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss current community practices for serving and supporting formerly incarcerated communities in your region.
  • Discuss the barriers to meeting the needs of formerly incarcerated communities in your region.
  • Discuss best practices, models and tools for community collaboration between sexual assault programs and probation and parole in your region.
  • Discuss community ideas for prevention, intervention, and collaboration in support of survivors reentering the community from incarceration.


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