Violence Free Colorado's Monthly eNewsletter
Violence Free Colorado's Monthly eNewsletter
News, Upcoming Trainings, Other Resources
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June is ...

a look at immigrant survivor issues 
As immigration issues remain a steady presence in news cycles, we're taking a moment to highlight and reflect on the many issues that immigrant survivors face in accessing domestic violence services. 
It's no secret that survivors face several barriers in their efforts to get help when experiencing domestic violence. However, survivors from immigrant communities also face very unique barriers, such as weaponization of immigration status against them or famiy members, language barriers and a fear of losing their children. 
Additionally, many immigrant survivors do not feel safe using law enforcement as a way to protect them. A recent survey of domestic violence advocates showed that more than 75 percent of immigrant survivors reported concerns about involving police to help in a domestic violence situation. 
You can learn more about what Violence Free Colorado is doing to create resilient communities in the Training and TA Team's update below. Be sure to contact us for more information and learning opportunities on assisting survivors from immigrant communities.


National Immigrant Justice Center: an organization dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers
Immigration Policies and Remedies Affecting Survivors: a list of resources from the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence on current issues surrounding immigrant survivors
National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project: provides education, training, technical assistance, public policy advocacy and research to assist professionals at the federal, state and local levels who work with immigrant women and children. The group also provides a manual on helping immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
National Network to End Domestic Violence Immigration Policy page: provides resources and information about immigration policies and how they impact immigrant survivors of domestic violence

Coalition Updates

Miranda Encina
Culturally Responsive Training and TA Specialist

Training and TA Team Update

At Violence Free Colorado, our work is rooted in the belief that survivors have diverse experiences and exist within resilient communities.
We'll be conducting collaborative learning groups with our coalition members to engage members in a guided process of reflection, collaboration, and intentional action.
Our collaborative learning group will be based in an Accessible, Culturally Responsive, Trauma-Informed approach to improve direct services for resilient communities that have experienced historical traumas, multiple systemic stressors, and have intersectional identities that result in complex experiences with marginalization.
We acknowledge that our previous framework for supporting survivors excluded the experiences of several resilient communities. In our continual efforts to end all forms of violence, we are (re)centering accessible, culturally responsive, trauma-informed practices by acknowledging unique experiences found at the heart of gender-based racial violence and other intersectional oppressions.
Recent political, social, and historical events have amplified this need with the evident intersectional violence we have witnessed internally, collectively, systemically and ideologically. We support collective healing by challenging how we, as organizations against violence, can broaden our understanding of what we bring into our interactions with survivors, and evaluate frameworks within our organizations to include all survivors and all experiences of trauma. 
Amelia Lobo
Public Policy Specialist

Public Policy Team Update

Colorado's 2021 legislative session will soon come to a close, and we've been working on a number of bills. Some of this year's highlights include:
-HB21-1165: Assistance For Victims Of Strangulation. This bill was signed by Gov. Jared Polis in May! This bill clarifies that a medical forensic exam fulfills cooperation requirement for survivors who have experienced stragulation, giving survivors access to the urgent care they need with fewer financial barriers.
-HB21-1228: Domestic Violence Training Court Personnel. This bill creates training requirements on domestic violence and child abuse for child and family investigators and parental responsibilities evaluators. As of January 1, 2022, these court personnel are required to receive 12 initial hours of training and four subsequent hours of training every two years. This bill has passed the House and is making its way through the Senate.
-HB21-1255: Protection Order Issued Against Domestic Abuser. We've been working on this policy with other partners to help prevent gun violence against survivors for several years. Currently individuals who are subject to a mandatory protection order or permanent civil protection order may not purchase or possess firearms by both federal and state law, but Colorado has seen uneven implementation and a lack of enforcement. This bill passed third reading in the Senate and is on its way to Gov. Polis!
Don't forget to sign up for our Action Alerts, and reach out to Public Policy Specialist Amelia Lobo with any questions!

Upcoming Trainings

Webinars and Web-Based Trainings

All trainings are Mountain Time
June 3, 1 p.m.: Expect Respect's Service Provider Training on Teen Dating Abuse. Presented by Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. 
June 3, 1 p.m.: Responding to Childhood Sexual Abuse on Tribal College Campuses. Presented by Red Wind Consulting, Inc.
June 8, 11 a.m.: Domestic Violence and the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Farmworkers. Presented by Futures Without Violence, Farmworker Justice and Lideres Campesinas. 
June 8, 1 p.m.: Change Starts Within - Strengthening Services through Supervision. Presented by Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
June 9, 2 p.m.: Supporting GLBTQ Survivors of Faith. Presented by Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence. 
June 10, noon: CCRT - HBCU Style. Presented by the Clery Center for Security on Campus. 
June 16, noon: Housing First - A Model for Transitional Housing. Presented by Mending the Sacred Hoop, Inc. 
June 17, noon: Understanding the Nexus of Sexual Violence and the Science of Addiction. Presented by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. 
June 17, 2 p.m.: Serving Native and Indigenous Survivors in Transitional Housing. Presented by the National Network to End Domestic Violence. 
June 22, 11 a.m.: Caring for the Caregivers - How to Mitigate Staff Burnout and Create a Wellbeing Plan. Presented by Alliance for HOPE International. 
June 22, noon: Domestic Violence-Related Mass and Spree Killings. Presented by the Battered Women's Justice Project. 
June 24, noon: Supporting African American Survivors of Faith. Presented by Safe Havents Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence. 

Resources and Other News

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White House marks Pride Month with proclamation to accelerate and defend LGBTQ+ equality
President Joe Biden issued a proclamation affirming June 2021 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month, marking a time of hope, progress and promise for LGBTQ+ Americans. 
The White House released a fact sheet celebrating several progressive initiatives, including protections for transgender individuals seeking emergency shelter and homeless services. The Department of Housing and Urban Development restored these protections earlier this year and affirmed its commitment that no person be denied access to housing or other critical services because of their gender identity.
Learn more about this and other White House LGBTQ+ initiatives here.  
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