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News, Upcoming Trainings, Other Resources
January 2023
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Save the Date!

The Colorado Advocacy in Action (CAIA) Conference will be in-person June 5-7 in Denver. 
Submit your CAIA proposals by Jan. 13.
What new skills, interventions, and technologies have we gained in anti-violence advocacy the last several years? What practices and policies should we leave behind? How can we use our collective and positional power, not just to fill gaps, but to build new ways of advocacy that honor and incorporate the practices of resilient communities? We're looking for presentations that tackle these complex questions! Learn more and submit your proposals by 5 p.m. Jan. 13. 

Coalition Updates

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Membership Renewal

Now Open

To all our members past and present: thank you for your partnership in 2022 and years before! We hope you will continue with us as members in 2023. Without you the coalition and our work wouldn't be possible. Additionally, membership dues support our public policy work and training and technical assistance services across the state.
Login via Coalition Manager to renew your membership online. For detailed instructions on how to renew at each membership level, use the following links: 
Questions? Email Hannah for assistance!
Our Leadership Team: Marissa, Roshan, and Monica
Monica Rivera and Roshan Kalantar 
Leadership Team

Leadership Team 

In case you missed the news - we were sad to announce last month that our Executive Director, Monica Rivera, has given her resignation as she'll be stepping into a national position in violence prevention work. She'll be here until mid-January, when she'll transition out of Violence Free Colorado to her new role. Please join us in thanking Monica for her work and wishing her all the best!

Corinne DiVittorio
Katie Wolf 
Public Policy Director

Welcome, Katie!

Katie brings well over a decade of government affairs and lobbying experience to our team and her role as our Public Policy Director. She has managed campaign strategy and fundraising for campaigns on both the state and federal levels, branded and re-branded clients at the Colorado State Capitol, advised on long-term political and legislative strategy, and developed political giving entities and plans.
After graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder, Katie began her career in politics as a Legislative Aide, staffer to the Majority Caucus in 2006 and eventual full-time lobbyist and Senior Associate with Michael Best Strategies and Mendez Consulting. Working with these firms over eight years honed Katie’s policy expertise, highly-regarded skills in legislative strategy and negotiation, and built her reputation as a trusted resource for her clients and legislators alike.
Over the past decade, Katie has established herself as a well-respected, bi-partisan lobbyist and has earned the admiration of her colleagues and Colorado’s legislators as an honest broker and hard worker. In her free time, she enjoys camping, karaoke, and watching football. 
Join us in welcoming Katie as she launches into the 2023 Colorado legislative session!
Brandy Walega and Miranda Encina

Training and Technical Assistance Team

Training and TA Team

12 p.m. Jan. 10  
Title: An Overview of the Colorado Lethality Assessment Program
Presenter: Mark Deaton (he/his) 
ASL and Spanish interpretation provided. Tendremos la interpretación de ASL y español.

During this webinar, you'll learn about the history of the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) in Colorado, how the LAP currently works, where the program is going, and how to get involved.

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Mark your calendars

  • 1 p.m. Feb. 2: Beyond the Sensational: Recognizing the Intersection of IPV and Human Trafficking (Part 1 in a 2-part series). Register here. 
  • Noon Feb. 14: February Facts & Snacks - Addressing Abortion Rights & Access with Cobalt. Register here
  • 1 p.m. Feb 16: Interconnectedness of Survivorship: Supporting the Diverse and Intersectional Needs of Survivors of IPV and Human Trafficking (Part 2 in a 2-part series). Register here

Resources and Other News

This document from our TTA Team contains a compilation of Colorado-specific domestic violence data. It may be useful to organizations completing grant applications and individuals wishing to learn more about the issue and status of domestic violence in Colorado.

Community-based crime victim advocacy programs that provide services to undocumented immigrant survivors of crimes can minimize risks to their program, funding, employees, and clients by adopting and following policies that take the laws on harboring undocumented immigrants into account.
This Advisory from Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence answers common questions about providing shelter and other program services to undocumented victims, describes the law and federal policy (as of the Advisory’s publication date), and proposes best practices for programs, but it is not legal advice. Immigration and criminal laws vary from region to region, and federal immigration enforcement policies are constantly changing. Programs should analyze their program-specific risks, their community’s particular needs, and the laws in their jurisdiction—including legal duties associated with an agency’s funding sources—as they design or update program policies. Consulting a local immigration attorney with criminal law experience is highly advisable.
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