Legal Services & Advocacy Collaboration to Support Trafficked Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault During COVID-19

Title:  Legal Services & Advocacy Collaboration to Support Trafficked Survivors of Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault During COVID-19. Peer exchange webinar.

Date:  September 22, 2020

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Resources on COVID-19 & Human Trafficking, Domestic and Sexual Violence 

Overview of Presenters 

Access to and provision of legal and advocacy services for human trafficking and domestic violence/sexual assault (DV/SA) survivors have changed due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. This peer exchange webinar will highlight the ways in which advocacy and legal programs are shifting their in-person and virtual approaches to meet the legal needs of trafficking survivors and collaborative strategies to provide support. Join us to hear from two national experts, for a peer exchange of strategies, and to identify new resources and approaches to support the legal and advocacy needs of trafficking and DV/SA survivors.

Learning Objectives:
As a result of attending this webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize how the COVID-19 pandemic has altered delivery service models, and impacted the effectiveness of providing legal and advocacy services to survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
2. Exchange legal service adaptations and modifications to collaborations with courts, law enforcement, and other stakeholders, to address challenges due to COVID-19.
3. Identify tools and resources to build collaborative responses between domestic violence advocacy programs and legal programs to support survivors of human trafficking.

Cindy Liou, Esq., State Policy Director, Kids in Need of Defense
Kiricka Yarbough Smith, Anti-Human Trafficking Consultant/Trainer, North Carolina Department of Administration

Biographies for Speakers

Anisa Ali, MA, Senior Program Specialist, Futures Without Violence
Mónica Arenas, Program Manager, Futures Without Violence

Target Audience: 
Staff who work in domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking programs including: Executive Directors, Program Directors/Managers/Coordinators, Advocates, Attorneys, and legal service providers who work in OVW-funded programs.  Additional audience members may include programs collaborating with DV/SA/HT advocates; or others providing services to survivors of DV/SA/HT.

Please contact Mónica Arenas at: 

This webinar is part of a project entitled Building Collaborative Responses Projectsupported by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K029, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women..