Improving Responses to Survivors Using Language Access Strategies – EMPORIA – April 2023

Improving Responses to Survivors Using Language Access Strategies

Audience: Healthcare professionals (APRN, RN, LPN), SANEs, physicians, physician assistants, law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates, mental health professionals, and other professionals who work with victims of sexual and domestic violence.


This training will provide participants with an understanding of the legal requirements under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for providing language access services. Participants will learn how these requirements, and their provisions, are vital components for law enforcement, advocates, medical professionals, and others who respond to and provide services to survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Ensuring language access can improve survivors’ lives, safety, and well-being and minimize barriers for some of the most isolated and marginalized victims of crime.

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Understand the language access compliance requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Enhance responses to survivors through the implementation of trauma-informed language access strategies
  • Identify ways to work effectively with interpreters
  • Improve victim and officer safety

Dates & Times:

Wednesday, April 19, 2023
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

Guest Speakers

Cannon Han
Senior Program Manager
Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV)

Cannon is a Senior Program Manager with API-GBV. He has over ten years of experience providing technical assistance and training to programs on Title VI compliance and advocacy; language access; interpretation; and translation. Prior to re-joining API, Cannon was the Title VI Administrator for Caltrain and the San Mateo Transit District. He also served as a Senior Court Service Analyst with the California Administrative Office of the Courts, Court Interpreter Program, and as an attorney with the Mental Health Advocacy Project.


Detective Shelli Sonnenburg
Boise Police Department

Detective Sonnenburg began her law enforcement career with the Boise Police Department in 1999. She spent the first four years working on patrol, nine years on the Community Policing Team as a Neighborhood Contact Officer, and then as the Refugee Liaison. As the Refugee Liaison, Detective Sonnenberg worked closely with the refugee resettlement agencies and community outreach groups in the Boise area, providing educational and safety information to the New Americans when they arrived in the U.S. Detective Sonnenberg created the Boise PD Interpreter/Translator Program, to help with communication between officers and LEP individuals.


Clint Bowyer Building
Lyon County Fairgrounds, Industrial Rd
Emporia, KS 66801


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Emporia Northwest
3007 W 18th Ave, Emporia, KS 66801
(620) 343-1111
A room block is not available for this event. However, the government rate is available by selecting rate preference “Government/Military rate*“.
To make your reservation select HERE.

Government rate is limited, book early!


Registration Deadline:
Friday, April 14, 2023

How to Register:
To register, Create an account and login, then select the number of people you want to register and click “Register Now.”


We welcome people of all abilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please select your needs on the online registration form or contact or call 785-232-9784.

The request should be made at least 14 business days prior to the training. 


Annabelle Arndt
Rural Sexual Assault Project Coordinator or 785-232-9784

Teresa Gallegos
Director of Education and Training or 785-232-9784

Sponsored by:

This grant project was supported by Grant No. 2017-WR-AX-0038 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

This grant project is supported by the State General Fund for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as administered by the Kansas Governor’s Grants Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication, program, or exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of the Kansas Governor.

Total Training Hours: 5.5.

  •  April 19, 2023
     10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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