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Serving Human Trafficking Survivors – Same, Different, or Somewhere in-Between?

This webinar will discuss current data and trends, identifying trafficking survivors and the unique opportunities and challenges of addressing this population within existing programs. As our society becomes more aware of human trafficking in our communities, the lack of services for this population can result in domestic violence providers being the only point of access for services. Participants will gain an understanding of what trafficking is and how to best respond when a trafficking survivor receives services at their program.  

Creating Safer Spaces: Using Motivational Interviewing to Enhance Advocacy (2.0)

A core aspect of offering survivor-centered services is supporting survivors to make individual choices about their families and goals. Motivational Interviewing, an empathic approach to conversations around change,  promotes this by focusing on self-efficacy and internal motivators while maintaining an environment of understanding focused on goals of the survivor’s choosing. This training session will offer an overview of Motivational Interviewing (MI)  as well as hands-on experience employing this advocacy tool. With recent shifts in federal regulations to require voluntary services, MI can also be a great tool to assist in meeting these new requirements and creating positive discussions about available services!

Ethical Legal Representation of Victims of Family Violence (1.5)

This session will teach attorneys critical skills to represent family violence victims within the scope of the law and best practices. Participants will be instructed on and discuss challenges and strategies to work with clients in the most ethical and successful manner, emphasizing victim safety and community collaboration. This session is recommended for civil attorneys, prosecutors, and legal advocates.

Immigrants’ Access to Economic Options (1.5)

This training outlines federal and state law in terms of immigrants’ access to public benefits, including benefits and services available to all individuals, regardless of their status. The workshop also highlights various programs and options that are available and strategizes creative opportunities to explore as advocates work with immigrant survivors towards gaining economic stability.

Advocating Within the CPS System (1.5)

This training equips advocates with the information they need to support survivors and their children involved in the child welfare system.  It focuses on facilitating stronger working relationships between DFPS and family violence programs, reviews resources to support advocates working with survivor clients and highlights the changes within DFPS that aim to produce better outcomes for children and families. 

Legislative Update (1.5)

This training summarizes several of the important legislative developments relating to family violence from the most current Texas Legislative Session.

Legislative Advocacy (1)

This training provides an overview of the legislative process in Texas and covers the basics of legislative advocacy including simplified tips for lobbying as a non-profit organization and differentiating the ways in which advocates can effectively educate and inform policy makers on the issues critical to programs and survivors outside of the scope of lobbying. Presenters review the different types of laws created at the federal versus state levels and discuss the differences between law and policy, as well as interject ways to influence systems and practices outside of the legislative realm.

Protective Orders (1.5)

This interactive training provides participants with information about the laws, policies and practicalities of working with protective orders. Participants will gain knowledge about the purpose and terms of protective orders and the importance of a coordinated community response to support survivors. Topics include comparing protective and restraining orders, types of relief available, enforcement, foreign protective orders, the intersection of protective orders and firearms, and the role of protective orders in family law cases.

Immigration Remedies for Survivors (1.5)

This training provides participants with basic information with multiple remedies potentially available to the clients they serve, including VAWA self-petitioning, U-Visas (crime victims’ visas) and T-Visa (trafficking visas), as well as offer a general overview of immigrants’ rights and strategies for advocacy within the immigration system.

Using Advocates as Expert Witnesses (1.0)

This training provides tools for attorneys and advocates to work collaboratively to offer expert witness testimony in family violence cases.  Participants who are advocates will learn how to serve as expert witness to explain victim behavior and the unique nature of this crime, while civil attorneys and prosecutors will learn how to use advocates in this capacity to bolster their cases and support victims. 

Unauthorized Practice of Law (1.0)

This training helps legal advocates differentiate their role of assisting clients in navigating the civil and criminal justice systems from providing legal advice. Preventing accusations of Unauthorized Practice of Law is crucial to avoiding liability concerns, maintaining positive relationships with legal system officials and providing the best possible advocacy for survivors.

Texas Laws Affecting Family Violence (2.0)

This training provides a basic understanding of civil and criminal laws pertaining to family violence. Legal options for survivors and best practice justice system responses are discussed, as are updates on family violence-related laws. This training is appropriate for advocates or a collaborative audience.

Empowering Clients to Navigate the System Safely (1.5)

This legal empowerment training provides a basic understand of the various legal and alternate options available to victims and their right to choose the path that is best for them. Participants will understand their role in assisting victims navigate the various systems, including in-depth legal safety planning and best practices for providing support, prioritizing options, and enabling victims to exercise their rights in a safe manner that meets their needs.

Preparing Your Client for Court (2.0)

This training helps advocates gain knowledge about basic court processes and how to best present oneself in a judicial setting. Participants will understand their role in assisting pro se and attorney represented clients involved in the civil and criminal judicial systems, so they can provide the best possible advocacy for survivors in preparation for and during court proceedings. Participants will be able to implement best practices regarding laws, policies and safety planning while working with victims in a courtroom setting.