10:30 AM - 12:00 PM PST



Marsela Rojas-Salas (she/her) ValorUS


Facilitator: Leah Aldridge (she/her), Senior Project Manager Co-facilitator: Priscilla Klassen (she/her), Project Coordinator



Listening Session: Serving Indigenous Survivors

Dates: Tuesday, June 21 or 28, 2022

Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm PT

Location: Zoom

Register here: June 21, 10:30-12:00 pm PT or June 28, 10:30-12:00 pm PT

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 tribal programs, Indian Health Services, and/or indigenous-led and serving organizations in California. In order to do this it’s important that we understand the perspectives and experiences of leaders at indigenous-led organizations.

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 staff person at a Tribal Program, Indian Health Services, and/or an indigenous-led and serving organization.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss current community practices for serving and supporting indigenous survivors in your region.
  • Discuss the barriers to meeting the needs of indigenous survivors in your region.
  • Discuss best practices, models and tools for community collaboration between sexual assault programs and indigenous-led/serving organizations in your region.
  • Discuss community ideas for prevention, intervention, and collaboration on the issue of sexual violence against indigenous communities.


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