August 6-7, 2014: New Orleans, LA “Conference on Creative Solutions to Strengthen Advocacy Options and Healing for Survivors”

NIWAP, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women, hosted a conference August 6-7, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference theme was “Creative Solutions to Strengthen Advocacy Options and Healing for Survivors.” The meeting featured plenary sessions on public benefits for immigrant survivors, VAWA confidentiality, the use of trauma-informed care, and judges’ perspectives on immigration issues in state court cases. The conference also featured workshops on a range of other topics to encourage specialization and foster conversation on particular issues. Attendees included advocates, attorneys, and justice system personnel, providing an interdisciplinary approach to helping immigrant survivors. Throughout the conference, participants were encouraged participate in group activities and ask any questions they might have about immigration issues, promoting application of conference educational materials to real-life cases. You can access the conference materials and powerpoints online.