Fall 2011 Newsletter - Page 5

There’s still time to register for the annual KCSDV Immigration Network Conference.

This year’s conference, Human Trafficking in the U.S. and its Intersections with Domestic and Sexual Violence: HOW TO IDENTIFY, ASSESS AND SERVE VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING, will be held October 13, 2011, in Manhattan, and will feature Becky Bullard, a national trainer on human trafficking with the Polaris Project. Ms. Bullard joined the Polaris Project in October of 2009 and works with the National Human Trafficking Resource Center and the Training and Technical Assistance Team. She serves as the regional specialist for 9 southern states and brings an expertise in domestic and sexual violence issues to the NHTRC. Ms. Bullard has conducted trainings for service providers, community members and international audiences on human trafficking and intersections with related fields such as domestic violence and runaway homeless youth. Prior to joining Polaris, Ms. Bullard worked on issues of violence against women as a Victim Witness Coordinator for the Nashville District Attorney’s Office and Chair of the Nashville Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The conference is open to advocates, attorneys, law enforcement, medical professionals, and other allies, and will explore the dynamics of human trafficking and its intersections with domestic violence and sexual violence advocacy work. Register at kcsdv.org/immcon.html.

Member program advocates can also take advantage of a follow-up training, Advanced Issues in Advocacy with Noncitizen Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence and Trafficking, held October 14 in Manhattan. KCSDV Immigration Project Attorney Kursten Phelps and Outreach Advocacy Coordinator Jessica Vanderweide will facilitate a training focused specifically on complex advocacy issues arising with foreign-born survivors, including public benefits eligibility and safety planning concerns, among other topics. Register at kcsdv.org/advimm.html.

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