What's happening at CCADV in January 2016
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January is also Stalking Awareness Month
There are great resources available. Find More!
Upcoming Trainings
Lots of great webinars and other events this month. Check 'em out!

January is...


Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery involving people being bought, sold, and forced into slave labor and/or sexual exploitation.

Human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking (January is also National Stalking Awareness Month), though all different forms of victimization, overlap in many ways. Victims of human trafficking are often subject to the same kinds of abuse as are victims of domestic violence: restriction on freedom of movement, isolation, financial control, threats, intimidation, physical and sexual violence, and fostering of drug and alcohol dependencies due to their situations. In addition they: may not know the language, are not connected to any family or community of support, don’t know their legal rights, may not trust law enforcement, and may fear deportation. Further, abusers can be traffickers, and can force their partners into highly exploitative situations.  

Trafficking victims need the same kind of holistic services that domestic violence victims need. The Polaris Project "is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery" and offers a variety of resources for both victims and service providers, including a National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline 1(888)373-7888 and their Polaris BeFree Textline Text "BeFree" (233733). 

CCADV has included additional resources and tools below.

Human Trafficking in Colorado
(from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center)


 Statistics are based on the signals -- phone calls, emails, and webforms -- received by the NHTRC that reference Colorado. 

 
       
 These statistics are non-cumulative (may not add to 62)
Resources on Human Trafficking

Fact Sheet: Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence 
Human trafficking and domestic violence can occur on a continuum of violence, and the dynamics involved in human trafficking are frequently interwoven with those of domestic violence. 

Colorado ReportGovernor’s Human Trafficking Council report to the Governor released December 2015

Online Resource re. Sex Workers: Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA  
National social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of people involved in the sex trade and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy.

Presentation: Farm Workers and Trafficking in Colorado
A presentation by Colorado Legal Services on the presence of human trafficking amongst farmworkers in Colorado.  Discusses relevant industries and non-permanent visas types, as well as the abuses and conditions farmowrkers face in trafficking situations.
Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking
(from the U.S. Dept. of State)
 
  1. Learn the red flags that may indicate human trafficking and ask follow up questions so that you can help identify a potential trafficking victim. Human trafficking awareness training is available for individuals, businesses, first responders, law enforcement, and federal employees.
  2. Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 (24/7) to get help and connect with a service provider in your area, report a tip with information on potential human trafficking activity; or learn more by requesting training, technical assistance, or resources. Call federal law enforcement directly to report suspicious activity and get help from the Department of Homeland Security at 1-866-347-2423 (24/7), or submit a tip online at www.ice.gov/tips, or from the U.S. Department of Justice at 1-888-428-7581 from 9:00am to 5:00pm (EST). Victims, including undocumented individuals, are eligible for services and immigration assistance.
  3. Be a conscientious consumer. Discover your Slavery Footprint, and check out the Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. Encourage companies to take steps to investigate and eliminate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains and to publish the information for consumer awareness.
  4. Host an awareness event to watch and discuss a recent human trafficking documentary
  5. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about human trafficking in your community.
  6. Students: Take action on your campus. Join or establish a university or secondary school club to raise awareness about human trafficking and initiate action throughout your local community. Consider doing one of your research papers on a topic concerning human trafficking. Professors: Request that human trafficking be an issue included in university curriculum. Increase scholarship about human trafficking by publishing an article, teaching a class, or hosting a symposium.
  7. Attorneys: Look for signs of human trafficking among your clients. Offer pro-bono services to trafficking victims or anti-trafficking organizations. Learn about and offer to human trafficking victims the legal benefits for which they are eligible. Assist anti-trafficking NGOs with capacity building and legal work.
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Your Coalition in Action

2016 Membership Drive is just around the corner!
 
Timeline for 2016
January 12: 2016 Applications are available on ccadv.org
February 27: 2016 Applications for membership are due 

We'll be sending out more information and reminders soon. Any questions? Please contact Amy Pohl

Message from the Director

  Amy Miller,Executive Director

Dear Members, Supporters and Friends,
 
Happy New Year! And what a fantastic year it’s going to be. After a quiet end to 2015, our office is already buzzing with energy and excitement about our 2016 plans and potential.
 
With the needs of domestic violence survivors in the forefront, CCADV is pivoting to become a movement-building coalition working to achieve social change through inclusive, collaborative strategies and projects.  Even in the beginning phase of this transformation, CCADV is forming new alliances and partnerships, engaging in both new and long-awaited projects and programs, increasing Coalition funding, and experiencing membership growth.
 
Along with our collaborative partners the Colorado Council of Churches and Family Tree, CCADV is eager to amplify our work on the Close To Home campaign towards a Metro Denver in which homelessness is a priority issue for a grassroots network of residents who are working to alleviate underlying causes of homelessness, including domestic violence. If you want to be a part of this progressive initiative, just contact us! CCADV’s involvement in this campaign links homelessness and domestic violence in a meaningful way that has often been overlooked and is the kick-off of a comprehensive approach to homelessness and housing through a new housing program launching at the Coalition this year!  CCADV is also working with many other partners to create a domestic and sexual violence action/prevention campaign that will drive social norms change and community engagement on a local and a statewide level. We hope to launch the action/prevention campaign late this year. CCADV is thrilled to have the Colorado Attorney General’s Office as a new partner in all of our work to end domestic violence in 2016 and beyond!
 
These are just a few of our plans for the coming year, which holds a lot of promise for a strong new vision and for bold action on domestic violence in Colorado! I invite you to be a part of the solution by renewing your membership or becoming a new domestic violence program, community partner program, or individual member of CCADV.

        Sincerely,
        Amy Miller

Public Policy Update

   Lydia Waligorski, Public Policy Director

We are getting ready for an exciting Legislative Session! As we prepare, we hope you'll join us next week for our first Brown Bag discussion of 2016: Legislative Advocacy 101! Raana Simmons from CCASA and I will present information to get you ready to participate in the advocacy education efforts for the 2016 Legislation session and beyond. We will be answering such daunting questions as what is the difference between advocacy and lobbying? Can I do it if I work for a nonprofit? Why should I take the time to do such things? You'll have the opportunity to ask questions and will feel confident in your abilities and boundaries in engaging with state and federal legislators.
Register here.

Trauma Informed Care: Seeking Safety Learning Circle


   Beth Collins, Advocacy Director

Learning Circle for Seeking Safety: Skills-based support group sessions for addressing trauma (and useful for substance misuse, too!)


Colorado advocacy organizations are starting to use the curriculum
Four of the 13 Learning Circle sites have begun offering Seeking Safety.The initial feedback is that while the advocates felt uncertain about how the structured format of the group would feel, they have been pleasantly surprised that the women were comfortable with the format and that it contributed to rich discussion about the topic. Many more of the participating sites will begin offering Seeking Safety this month! 

Learning from California’s experience
Kristie Clemens, who did frontline advocacy for eight years and served as a Program Director, joined us on a 45 minute webinar. Kristie spoke about how Seeking Safety has been successfully used by CA advocates to enhance the safety of domestic violence survivors. The webinar recording can be accessed by clicking here. (Kristie begins at minute 2)

Close to Home Campaign

 
In a desire to build understanding, compassion, and engagement throughout Colorado on the issue of homelessness, CCADV recently teamed up with the Family Tree and Colorado Council of Churches to become a partner on the CLOSE TO HOME campaign. We're focused on the intersection of domestic violence and homelessness. We all deserve a safe place to call home, but domestic violence is a primary cause of homelessness for women and children. A staggering 92 percent of women who are homeless report having experienced severe physical and/or sexual assault at some point in their lives. Approximately 50 percent of all women who are homeless report that domestic violence was the immediate cause of their homelessness. 

YOU can be a part of the campaign, too! Here are 2 EASY ways to get involved:
  • Take the CLOSE TO HOME Pledge (and encourage your fellow staff to do the same), and your support will be communicated to decision makers. 
  • Share CLOSE TO HOME information on your social media using the hashtag #CloseToHomeCO (Check out some of CCADV's #CloseToHomeCO Facebook posts).
Your voice makes a difference! For more information, visit closetohomeco.org or contact Amy Pohl at CCADV.
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Upcoming Trainings

Webinars

January 8: Police-Involved Domestic Violence (BWJP)
Professor Goodmark will discuss the findings of her investigation into law enforcement-perpetrated domestic violence.  She will address the increasing militarized masculinity of law enforcement in the US and its relationship to domestic violence committed by police officers.  Mr. Thomas and Ms. Davis will offer comment on Goodmark’s research and share their experience as policymakers, educators and practitioners on police-involved domestic violence.
12:00pm MST

January 12-February 23Introduction to Immigration Law Practice:A Course for New Practitioners
CLINIC, via the OVW project, will be offering our next 6-week e-learning course titled "Intro to Immigration Law Practice: A Course for New Practitioners" starting January 12th and run through February 23rd. This six-week e-learning course provides the new immigration practitioner with an overview of immigration law concepts and the practice skills necessary to be an effective advocate. Details.
Register by January 12

January 12: CCADV's Brown Bag Discussion Series 2016: Legislative Advocacy 101
Join CCADV's Lydia Waligoski and CCASA's Raana Simmons as they present information to get you ready to participate in the advocacy education efforts for the 2016 Legislation session and beyond. We will be answering such daunting questions as what is the difference between advocacy and lobbying? Can I do it if I work for a nonprofit? Why should I take the time to do such things? 
Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and will feel confident in their abilities and their boundaries in engaging with state and federal legislators. 
12:00pm MST

January 19Police Departments' Use of the Lethality Assessment Program (BWJP)
The LAP is a collaboration between police and social service providers consisting of 2 steps. First, a police officer responding to the scene of a domestic violence incident uses a brief 11-item risk assessment (the Lethality Screen) to identify victims at high risk of homicide. Second, women that screen in as high risk based on the Lethality Screen are put in immediate telephone contact with a collaborating social service provider who provides them with advocacy, safety planning and referral for services. Women who participated in the LAP engaged in more help-seeking and experienced less violence 7 months post-intervention. The NIJ-funded study was the first rigorous evaluation of the LAP. While additional research needs to be conducted, the LAP demonstrates promise as an evidence informed collaborative police-social service intervention that increases survivors’ safety and empowers them toward decisions of self-care.”
12:00pm MST

January 19Setting the Frame: Building Blocks for Domestic Violence Advocacy in LGBTQ Communities (NWN)
“Setting the Frame” is a must have for any advocate looking to increase their capacity to support LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence.  This workshop will establish a strong foundation for the rest of the NW Network 2014 webinar series and include basic information like decoding the LGBTQ “alphabet soup” as well as advanced analysis for understanding the unique and crosscutting issues facing LGBT survivors.
1:00pm MST

February 2: Supporting LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Dating Violence (NWN)
This interactive webinar will examine the strengths and challenges of the domestic violence movement’s responses to serving young people experiencing violence.  We will focus specifically on understanding and addressing barriers to working with youth under the age of 18, the needs and experiences LGBTQ youth, and explore how domestic and sexual violence movements can meet the unique needs of young people experiencing dating & domestic violence. This session will also highlight lessons learned and recommendations from Queer Collaborations (Q-Lab), an OVW-funded project that provides full spectrum support, innovative prevention work, and intervention strategies for LGBTQ youth survivors of violence, while addressing the underlying conditions that create health and safety disparities for youth experiencing violence. 
1:00pm MST
 
Do you have an upcoming training?
Or another event you want to share with the CCADV community?
Post an event on our website calendar!

Upcoming Live Trainings and Events

February 3: Childhood Sexuality (Presented in Spanish)
Este curso aborda las complejidades y desafíos que enfrentan los profesionales al tratar de entender  algunas de las conductas sexualizadas de los niños traumatizados. El curso comienza definiendo lo que constituye conductas sexuales normales en niños según las diferentes etapas de desarrollo. Ademas el curso se enfoca en los niños que han sufrido perturbaciones en el desarrollo sexual normal y por lo tanto manifiestan una amplia gama de comportamientos sexualizados, desde lo normal hasta lo problemático y abusivo. Se incluirán ejemplos de casos para ilustrar la continuidad de los comportamientos sexualizados. 
Location: Denver, CO 

February 4: Violence and Victimization in Adults with Mental Illness (DU GSSW)
A lecture by Richard Van Dorn, PhD
Location: Denver, CO

April 4-6: Conference on Crimes Against Women 
CCAW is a 2-1/2 day conference that seeks to provide practical instruction, using current information, the newest ideas and most successful intervention strategies to first responders including law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates, and medical professionals on the best and most relevant practices as they pertain to ALL crimes against women (including intimate partner violence, stalking, strangulation, sexual assaults, cyber crime, human trafficking, etc.).
Location: Dallas, TX
 
Do you have an upcoming training?
Or another event you want to share with the CCADV community?
Post an event on our website calendar!
Resources

*What Is Child Welfare? A Guide for Domestic Violence Services Advocates (Child Welfare Information Gateway)
Child welfare (CW) professionals and domestic violence (DV) services advocates recognize the common co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment. Acknowledgement of the significant overlap has led to more collaboration between these fields, as both groups work to keep families safe. This guide provides an overview of basic child welfare services, describes how domestic violence services and child welfare professionals can support one another’s efforts in working with families, and lists resources for more information.
 
*Police Body Cameras in Domestic and Sexual Assault Investigations: Considerations and Unanswered Questions (BWJP)
This paper identifies and addresses the various issues – those known and unresolved – that may arise when law enforcement equipped with body cameras respond to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including issues of privacy and confidentiality, witness intimidation, possible evidentiary challenges when using body camera footage in trial, and unintended consequences such access and use may create for victims.

*New resources that are culturally and linguistically relevant to Latin@ communities (on PreventIPV.org):
**Prácticas Optimas para la Prevención de la Violencia Juvenil: Libro de Referencia para la Acción Comunitaria
Este libro de referencia permite un mejor entendimiento acerca de las prácticas que hacen que funcionen los programas de prevención. Es el primer documento en su tipo que analiza la efectividad de prácticas específicas en cuatro áreas principales: padres y la familia, visitas en el hogar, socio-cognoscitiva y de padrinazgo. (This resource allows a better understanding of the practices that make prevention programs work. It is the first document of its kind that analyzes the effectiveness of specific practices in four main areas: parents and family, home visits, socio- cognitive and mentorship)

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Formación de Promotoras y Promotores Adolescentes en Temas de Salud Sexual, Salud Reproductiva y Violencia
Este manual, por PATH y el Centro de Estudios y Promoción Social es un recurso para los profesionales, organizaciones e instituciones que trabajan con adolescentes y jóvenes . El manual se basa en el programa "Entre Amigos" en Nicaragua e incluye notas detalladas de facilitación para las actividades y discusiones diseñadas para crear conciencia y habilidades entre los adolescentes. El manual está organizado en módulos sobre: compartir entre los amigos de la información; las relaciones de género y de poder; conocimiento del cuerpo; violencia; que data relaciones y amistades; Prevención de las ITS (incluido el VIH y el SIDA) y la crianza de responsabilidades e incluye pre y post-test para cada sección. (This manual, by PATH and Centro de Estudios y Promoción Social, is a resource for practitioners, organizations and institutions working with adolescents and young people. The manual is based on the 'Entre Amigos' program in Nicaragua and includes detailed facilitation notes for activities and discussions designed to raise awareness and skills among adolescents. The manual is organized into modules on: information sharing among friends; gender and power relations; body awareness; violence; dating relationships and friendships; STI prevention (including HIV and AIDS); and parenting responsibilities and includes pre- and post-tests for each section.)

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A Primer on Privilege & Confidentiality For Victim Service Providers (NNEDV)
The purpose of this document is to assist providers in thinking through the nuances of the generic concept of legal privilege in a court of law. Providers will be better able to protect confidential survivor information if they understand how courts analyze legal privilege, and educate survivors and staff on how to ensure the greatest protection from disclosure.
In the News...
 
BWJP is Promoting Colorado's Offender Treatment Model
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