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March is Women's History Month
Who is a historic woman for you?

For me, it was a social worker in Nebraska who changed my life. Her name is Rosie, I called her My Rosie. I had seen an ad in the local paper for a Bilingual Female Group Worker at the local sexual assault and domestic violence response agency for months. I saw it posted as I was finishing up a contract which would leave me unsure of my next gig. I knew I could do the work according to the job description, but the subject matter scared me. I wasn't sure if I could work with women who were in the midst of suffering, and let alone something so close to my own experience (although at that time I didn't call my experience domestic violence and even less sexual assault). I ignored the ‘help wanted’ and kept looking for something more comfortable. It seems as though fate had something else in store for me. My life moved me to the point where I had to get whatever job I could, regardless of how I felt about it.

Low and behold, not only did I find some incredible women, who to this day are a mark against which I measure myself, but I found my calling. I came to call My Rosie, a gardener of human potential. I had never felt so seen, accepted, and invested in by a boss before my experience with her. I came to her bilingual, with facilitation skills, and a voracious appetite to learn and share. I came to the work scared of what I might find in the knowledge and what I had hidden in myself.   

My Rosie had a magical social worker’s touch though. Not only did she develop my knowledge and skills, she also supported me through mistakes and emotional processing. Most of all she respected and promoted me and my gifts. She helped me find that point that Abraham Maslow called Self Actualization (she taught me that phrase). I in turn shared the same, in Spanish and English, with the young women who were in my educational groups in local high schools. These young women were the other side of the life changing coin for me. We shared genuine excitement for the things we discovered together in group. The challenges and the joys of liberatory education and unfettered relationship with other women brought us all through to a lovely garden in which we cultivated our potential, all because of the vision that My Rosie brought through to fruition.

Somewhere between a feminist who was a trail blazer, and young women yearning to blaze their own trails, I found my work in advocating for women, to include myself. I found the Equality and Respect Wheel around which I could begin to consciously build my relationships. I found a way of being in the world that was rooted in social justice and empowerment. I found me! And what a joyous find that has turned out to be.

Here’s to my favorite social worker and feminist, My Rosie; to the young women who sat in the circle with me; and to the sister advocates who brought me into the work; everyday women who have made history in my life and countless others.  In gratitude – Kristiana Huitrón

Take a moment to remember, honor, and thank a woman who has made history in your life. Click here to will find a lovely post card to email or print. 



CCADV is excited to announce that Amy Pohl, JD has joined our staff as the Communications and Membership Coordinator!  During our information gathering for the strategic plan last spring, members identified assistance with communications related efforts as a need that CCADV could help meet. 

That request resulted in a strategic initiative in the 2014 strategic plan: Develop a communication strategy that highlights the work and vision of the Coalition and facilitates engagement in that work. 

Activities within that initiative include:

1) increasing capacity of CCADV members for effective communication with the public (developing talking points and framing conversations on a variety of topics);

2) increasing awareness of member programs and DV (templates for community awareness actions, identify and promote local program initiatives and successes);

3) facilitating statewide and local approaches to communications (providing TA to members on public relations, media advocacy and media relations, creating a media toolkit, equipping members with data and talking points with which to advocate on a variety of dv related issues);

4) developing a peer mentor program among members AND MORE.  Just a few things for her to tackle in her part-time capacity at CCADV.
Amy comes to us from the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness in Palo Alto, California, the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and the University of Wyoming Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project (among other places) where she not only gained her knowledge and experience with issues related to domestic violence, but also in providing awareness and educational efforts, developing strategic communications plans, website content and design, and most importantly – working to help meet the needs of local member programs.   
Amy can be reached at or 303-962-0936.  She is in the office Mondays – Wednesdays.  Though she has just started her work with us, please don’t hesitate to contact her with communications related questions.  She will be putting out a wide range of resources over the next many months.
In the meantime, if there is a particular communications related topic that you would like to see CCADV address or provide resources for – please let us know.  If there is a topic that receives a lot of requests, we’ll put that at the top of the priority list.

Rural Coordinated Community Response  
CCADV’s Rural Coordinated Community Response (RCCR) project was developed in response to a 2013 survey of rural member programs.  The intent of the survey was to identify the need to develop or advance the capacity of rural Coordinated Community Response (CCR) teams.  In October 2013 CCADV received a federal “Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic and Dating Violence, and Stalking” grant from the Office of Violence Against Women to fund this 3-year rural project.  Although funding from this grant will provide technical assistance to all eligible rural communities on coordinated community response and appropriate response to domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, the main focus is to provide an opportunity for four rural Colorado domestic violence programs and their communities (Project Sites) to either develop or strengthen their CCR team with technical assistance and training and additional staffing provided by CCADV.
CCADV received many applications for the Rural CCR Project Sites.   After careful and thoughtful review of the many wonderful applications, the CCR Project Selection Committee, which included multidisciplinary representatives, is pleased to announce the four member programs chosen as the CCR Project Sites.
Selected organizations are:
  • Tri-County Resource Center in Montrose;
  • Response in Aspen;
  • Advocate Safehouse Project in Glenwood Springs; and the
  • Domestic Safety Resource Center in Lamar. 
CCADV is excited to work with the Executive Directors of these rural programs and their local Community Coordinators in the development and/or enhancement of a collaborative community response to domestic violence.  The RCCR Project will provide these four sites, which encompass nine rural counties, the opportunity to create or strengthen a coordinated community response to domestic violence that enhances victim safety and autonomy, addresses systemic shortcomings, provides safety and support to children exposed to domestic violence, and increases perpetrator accountability.  


Saturday, March 8

International Women's Day 2014

Monday, March 10 

National Women and Girls HIV / AIDS Awareness DayOffice on Women's Health.

March 17-21


By Amy Miller, CCADV Public Policy Director
Last month, I included an overview of the legislation at the top of CCADV’s policy agenda in this year’s state legislative session. Well, a lot can happen in a month and that is certainly true for House Bill’s 1017 (Expand Availability of Affordable Housing) and 1162 (Child Custody Legal Protections for Victims of Sexual Assault in Which a Child Was Conceived).
HB 1017 cleared two more hurdles last month when it was passed out of both the House Finance and the House Appropriations Committees! The bill is now headed to the full House of Representatives, where it will be debated and will face two votes. HB 1017 has been gaining support and momentum, including a recent announcement by the Attorney Generals’ Office of moving $23 million in unused National Mortgage Settlement dollars into the Colorado Housing Trust Fund for the development of affordable housing! Read the bill fact sheet here.
HB 1162, which creates a legal path for survivors of sexual assault which results in a child to seek termination of the parental rights of the rapist or to seek restrictions on the rapist’s parental rights, had its first hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on February 27th. The Committee Chair decided to delay the vote until Thursday, March 6th so that a few issues with the bill can be addressed by amendment. It appears that further amendment is important to the willingness of the Committee Chair and other members to vote in favor of the bill. CCADV will work with the bill sponsor, members of the Task Force on Children Conceived by Rape, and other stakeholders to determine what amendments are needed, while upholding the strength and integrity of the bill. Read the bill fact sheet here. CCADV and CCASA presented on HB 1162 for CCADV’s 2014 virtual Legislative Education & Advocacy Day event and recorded the webinar. Watch the recorded webinar here.
Your call or email to the members of the House Judiciary Committee before March 6th is desperately needed to ensure passage of HB 1162. Please contact me at if you want to contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee and need more information or support to do so. To participate in CCADV’s Public Policy Committee, or to sign up to receive policy updates and action alerts email


According the Crafting Pathways: A Colorado Nonprofit Talent Development Report by the Colorado Nonprofit Association (2011):
  • Nonprofit staff are attracted to the sector by their motivation to make a difference.
  • Professional development and career support systems result in greater job satisfaction.
  • Organizations that prioritize talent and leadership development are more sustainable.
  • Find the full report here.

Judge’s Training and Education
The American Judges Association proudly announces the newly developed and free online domestic violence education program for judges. This innovative learning tool was developed with the assistance of Futures Without Violence and the National Center for State Courts.  Please refer to the attached document (here) and/or the AJA website ( for complete information and to access the training.

  • March 5 (webinar, 2:00-3:00 pm EST)
Deconstructing Machismo: Masculinity Across Communities Webinar Series, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
  • March 5 (webinar, 1:00-2:30 pm MST)
Native Creation Story Series: PeleNational Indigenous Women's Resource Center.
  • March 5 (webinar, 10:00-11:30 am PST)
Non-Profit Success: Strengthening and Sustaining Organizational AchievementEnd Violence Against Women InternationalRegister.
  • March 7 (webinar, 2:00 pm EST; repeats on 3/11)
Promoting Crime Victims' Rights with Social MediaThe National Center for Victims of Crime.
  • March 10 (webinar, 2:00-3:00 pm EST)
Ongoing Care and Treatment: Women with HIV / AIDSOffice on Women's Health.
  • March 10 (webinar, 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST)
Supporting Survivors with Disabilities and Deaf Survivors: Key Considerations for Accessing Protection Orders and Other Supports. Register. 
  • March 11 (webinar, 12:00-1:30 pm PST; part 1 was 2/11)
Assessing Patterns of Coercive Control in Abusive Relationships, Part 2: Practical Skills & ImplementationThe Northwest Network. Register.
  • March 11 (webinar, 5:00 pm EST; repeat from 3/7)
Promoting Crime Victims' Rights with Social MediaThe National Center for Victims of Crime.
  • March 12 (webinar, 1:00-2:30 pm MST)
Traditional Ways of Healing: Hawai'iNational Indigenous Women's Resource Center.
  • March 12 (webinar, 2:00-3:15 pm CST)
What is "Community Assessment" and How Can it Benefit My Community?Praxis International.
  • March 13 (web conference, 2:00 pm EST)
Ending Child Sexual Abuse Series ~ Telling our Stories: Learning as we Build a MovementPreventConnect and Ms. Foundation for Women.
  • March 13 (webinar, 3:00-4:30 pm EST; parts 3-6 scheduled for 4/22, 5/20, 6/10 and 7/24; part 1 was 2/25)
Girls Matter! Girl in the Mirror: Behavioral Health Challenges of Adolescent Girls (part 2 of 6), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
  • March 13 (webinar, 2:00-3:30 pm CST)
Trans 101 for Victim Service ProvidersFORGE.
  • March 13 (webinar, 1:00 pm CST)
What Everyone Who Works with Victims Needs to Know About OffendersMidwest Regional Children's Advocacy Centers.
  • March 14 (webinar 2:00 pm EST)
The Untested Rape Kit Crisis and Cold Case Sexual Assault ProsecutionsThe National Center for Victims of Crime.
  • March 18 (webinar, 10:00-11:30 am PST)
Fearless Strategic Planning: Preparing for and Showcasing Our Success, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs.
  • March 19 (webinar, 1:00-2:30 pm MST)
Native Creation Story Series: White Buffalo Calf WomanNational Indigenous Women's Resource Center.
  • March 19 (webinar, 1:00 pm EST)
The Power of Storytelling: Connect with Donors, Raise More Money, Progressive Business Executive Education.
  • March 19 (webinar, 2:00-3:30 pm EST)
Trauma-Informed Care, Part 2: The Nuts and Bolts of Immigration Story Writing InterventionLegal Momentum, in partnership with National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Program and California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • March 20 (webinar, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST)
Why Faith is Fundamental to Ending Domestic ViolenceFaithTrust Institute.
  • March 25 (webinar, 12:00-1:30 pm PST)
Supporting LGBTQ Youth in the Sex TradesThe Northwest NetworkRegister.
  • March 26 (webinar, 2:00 pm EST)
Enhancing Sexual Assault Investigations Through Cultural Change: A Case StudyThe National Center for Victims of Crime.


Grand Junction Western Slope
Combined N*STAR and Community Training Schedule through January, 2015
This schedule includes Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable (CPGR) Outreach Webinars, Mesa County Fundraisers Network Meetings, Mesa County Public Library District/Foundation Center Series, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Webinars, and other training and networking opportunities. Events listed are at no cost to participants unless otherwise noted. To be added to an email distribution list of trainings, or to add a training event, please email

Denver Metro Area
Web Analytics 201: Decoding Data & Taking Action
March 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
National Training
March 19-20 in Eugene, OR
On the Road to Social Transformation: Utilizing Cultural and Community Strengths to End Domestic ViolenceAlianzaOffice on Violence Against Women and co-hosted by Womenspace.
March 24-25 in Camarillo, CA
On the Road to Social Transformation: Utilizing Cultural and Community Strengths to End Domestic ViolenceAlianzaOffice on Violence Against Women and co-hosted by Líderes Campesinas.


Mary Kay 2014 Shelter Grants
Mary Kay Foundation

Program: The Mary Kay Foundation awards grants to United States organizations that assist survivors of domestic violence by operating emergency shelters. The awards are announced each October in observance of National Violence Awareness Month.

Award: At least one grant per state, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, is awarded. Grants of $20,000 were awarded in 2013.

Eligibility: Eligible entities are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that operate emergency shelters for survivors of domestic violence located in any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Deadlines: April 30, 2014 
Application Guidelines/Submission Requirements: See the website for detailed information.


PREA Program: Demonstration Projects to Establish "Zero Tolerance” Cultures for Sexual Assault in Correctional Facilities FY 2014 Competitive Grant Announcement 
US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance

Program: The PREA Program provides resources to state, tribal, and local government to implement comprehensive approaches to address the detection, prevention, and response to sexual abuse within confinement environments. Confinement environments include adult prisons and jails, juvenile facilities, community corrections facilities, law enforcement lockups and other temporary holding facilities, and tribal detention facilities.

Award: Awards under this program will be made for up to for a 2-year project period. Awards to fund projects at individual facilities will be capped at $250,000, and awards to fund projects at, or to benefit, multiple facilities will be capped at $500,000.

Eligibility: States, units of local governments, and federally recognized Native American and Alaska Native tribes and/or tribal organizations are eligible.

Deadlines: March 6, 2014 
Application Guidelines/Submission Requirements: See the website for detailed information.



What do you think? Are there points that the author is missing? How is self-defense looked at in your area by law enforcement, by judges, by advocates? Are survivors who defend themselves arrested as the primary aggressor or under dual arrest?

Stand Your Ground's Woman Problem: Laws Expanding Self-Defense Raise Questions About Gender as Well as Race
By Mary Anne Franks, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
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