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March 12, 2021
Welcome to your weekly edition of the Coalition Connection!

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Opportunityopportunity
Gillette Abuse Refuge Foundation Executive Director PositionGARF

G.A.R.F., a domestic violence/sexual assault program, seeks an energetic Executive Director. Masters or BA in behavioral science, plus three years' experience in related field. 

Requires skills in: funding development; organizational and financial management; excellent oral and written communication; supervision and team building; and fostering collaboration amongst organizations.  Bi-lingual a plus. 

Submit cover letter and resume to:
 G.A.R.F., P.O. Box 3110, Gillette, WY 82717, or email garfdirector@garfwy.com
Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center Seeking TherapistsSAVA

The Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA) Center in Ft. Collins, CO provides crisis intervention, advocacy and counseling for all those affected by sexual violence in Northern Colorado while also providing prevention programs through community outreach and education.

We are currently looking to fill three position within our agency:
  • SAVA Center Lead Therapist provides confidential, short- and long-term therapy services to anyone affected by sexual violence. They will provide therapy for children, adolescents, adults, families, and groups.
  • SAVA Center Bilingual Therapist (part-time) provides confidential therapy services in Spanish and English to individuals age 3 and up who have been affected by sexual violence.
  • SAVA Center Therapist (part-time and LCSW required) provides confidential therapy services to individuals age 3 and up who have been affected by sexual violence.
Click on the position for more information and application process.

As Winter Storm Uri swept across much of the U.S., it wreaked havoc on Texas, leaving tens of thousands without electricity, water, and heat. Texas was particularly vulnerable due to an independent power grid that is geared towards meeting soaring energy needs in summer instead of winter. During the height of the storm, family violence and sexual assault crisis centers throughout the state found themselves in precarious situations.

The shelters that housed survivors and their children suddenly lost essential utilities; some staff were stranded at home while others spent multiple nights in the shelters to maintain 24-hour operations; a variety of critical services came to a standstill......

In response to this need, Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) and Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) launched a disaster relief website for allies like you to aid in the recovery of Texas programs. After the Storm is a disaster relief project benefitting Texas family violence service providers and rape crisis centers impacted by disaster.

Here donors can see a brief impact statement, describing their experience, the counties they serve, the amount they need to raise, and a link to donate directly to the programs with the greatest recovery needs.

Abuse Intervention Programs' and Batterer Intervention Programs'
Referral Practices InquiryBIP_Inquiry

Lauren Dougherty, Facilitator in the Abuse Intervention Program at the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County in Maryland  is working on a project to gather insight about Abuser Intervention Programs' and Batterer Intervention Programs' (AIPs/BIPs) referral practices nationally, for the purpose of learning best practices, re-evaluating the practices of our own referral process, and sharing our findings with other AIPs/BIPs who would be interested in the information.  
Her  team has created a survey of several questions and is hoping to connect with two programs in each state to complete it. She would be happy to talk further about this project with programs that are doing this work. 

If you are interested in participating, please connect with Lauren either by email or call her at 410-259-1320

Researchers at Simon Fraser University are interested in assessing the role of different styles of communication in intimate partner violence risk assessments. 

Eligibility: Mental health professionals, law enforcement officers, and victim service workers involved in the assessment and management of intimate partner violence who are fluent in English. 

What will you be asked to do? Participants will be asked to complete an anonymous, online survey that will take approximately 30 to 60 minutes. You will be asked to review file information about a real case of male perpetrated intimate partner violence against a female partner that has all identifying information removed. You will then be asked to make a number of decisions about the case that you have read. The survey includes questions about your demographic background and professional experiences.

 
Our WorkOur_Work
Calling All Advocates!Storytelling

This Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the WCADVSA is hoping to facilitate a Survivor Storytelling Showcase event to honor survivors of sexual violence and their journeys toward peace and healing. On the evenings of Wednesday, April 21, and Wednesday, April 28, we plan to invite survivors across Wyoming to virtually share their stories, through storytelling, written word, and visual arts. This will be an online event hosted via Zoom.

While we continue to plan this event, we want to ensure that all attendees feel supported throughout the evening. Therefore, we are looking for advocates willing to volunteer to be present at these events. We would love to have at least two advocates per evening who are willing to identify themselves at the beginning of the event and stay through until the event is over. We also ask that advocates who volunteer be willing to host breakout sessions at the close of the evening in case any attendees would like to speak with someone immediately after the event.

If you are an advocate interested in participating in this event, please reach out to Breana Griffin by Friday, March 12, 2021.  Advocates who volunteer will be given a free Wyoming Wears Teal T-Shirt and a WCADVSA sticker!

Funds to Reduce Education, Employment, and Job Training Barriers for SurvivorsBarrier_Funds

With support from The Allstate Foundation, the WCADVSA has funds to support education, employment, and job training barriers for survivors. These funds can be used to help support survivors in obtaining G.E.D.s, job skills training, certifications, licenses, continuing education, education/job-related supplies such as uniforms, tools, and/or other equipment, transportation-related support, etc.  
 
If your program is offering training on the Allstate Moving Ahead Curriculum or other economic empowerment training, you may request funds to support and encourage survivor participation such as offering food and/or childcare during economic empowerment events and training or gas gift cards for survivors to get to the training).  
 
Member programs may also inquire about offering scholarships to help support survivor participation in job training programs.
 
We have approximately $4,908 remaining. Remaining funds will be pledged on a first come first serve basis. To request funds, please submit an  Allstate Barrier Reduction Request Form. Once your request has been approved, your program will pay expenses upfront and then you can request reimbursement by submitting an  Allstate Barrier Reduction Reimbursement Form.
 
If you have any questions, please connect with Trish Worley
Policy Calls are Moving to Weekly!Policy_Calls

Policy Calls will be moving to weekly! Here is the schedule and links. The WCADVSA website will be updated shortly to ensure you can find all things related to the 2021 General Session.

March 12   12:00 - 1:00 pm:  Click here
March 19     1:00 - 2:00 pm:   Click here
March 26   12:00 - 1:00 pm:  Click here
Apr.il 2   12:00 - 1:00 pm:  Click here

BI-WEEKLY calls for anyone including survivors, board volunteers, CCR partners, and the general public.

March 25   7:00 - 8:00 pm:  Click here
April 8      7:00 - 8:00 pm:  Click here

If you have any questions or suggested topics, please contact Tara
Monthly Program Call - April 6Program_Call

During the early days of COVID, we were gathering daily to share issues and concerns effecting the operation of your programs and impact on your clients.

As the months rolled on, we decreased calls to weekly, then bi-weekly.  As we begin the new year, we will be holding monthly program calls to provide a space for sharing and support.  Calls will be at 1:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month.  The next call is scheduled for April 6.


As always, the Coalition staff is available anytime to answer questions or provide support to your program.
 
Policy UpdatesPolicy_Updates
National Policy Updates
Congress
Introduced in the U.S. House 
of Representatives H.R.1620

Violence Against Women
Reauthorization Act 2021


The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF) applauds House Judiciary Crime Subcommitte Chairwoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18) and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1) for introducing H.R.1620, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021. H.R.1620 is a slightly updated reintroduction of last session's Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, which passed the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support. 

The NTF is a national collaboration comprising a large and diverse group of national, tribal, state, territorial, and local organizations, advocates, and individuals that focuses on the development, passage, and implementation of effective public policy to address domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. The NTF is the evolution of the coalition that worked with now-President Biden on the initial Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and that continues to work with Congress to reauthorize and strengthen VAWA every five years.

H.R.1620 responds to the very real, identified needs of survivors and communities across the country, preventing future violence, enhancing and expanding services for survivors, investing in culturally-specific organizations, and improving access to justice for survivors. Now is not the time to maintain the status quo, nor is it acceptable to turn back the clock and reduce access to safety and justice for victims and survivors. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 is a targeted bill with a broad impact. 

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 reauthorizes VAWA grant programs and makes modest yet vital enhancements to existing law. Among other things, H.R.1620:
  • Supports Communities of Color;
  • Invests in prevention;
  • Ends impunity for non-Native perpetrators of sexual assault, child abuse co-occurring with domestic violence, stalking, sex trafficking, and assaults on tribal law enforcement officers on tribal lands;
  • Improves enforcement of court orders that require adjudicated domestic abusers to relinquish their firearms;
  • Improves access to housing for victims and survivors;
  • Protects victims of dating violence from firearm homicide;
  • Helps survivors gain and maintain economic independence;
  • Maintains existing protections for all survivors; and
  • Improves the healthcare system's response to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.
A copy of the bill is available here.
 
A section-by-section analysis is available here.

The NTF urges the House to immediately pass this critical legislation and the Senate to pass this bill soon thereafter.

For more information, contact Terri Poore  or our own WCADVSA public policy director Tara Muir 
State Policy Updates

Wyoming Legislature Update Legislature_COVID

If you haven't yet signed up for Tara's almost daily action alerts when things get moving, please do. They're kinda fun. She also does a U.S. Congress one as well, but for now she's sending action alerts for both bodies to both lists:

Click here to sign up for our Wyoming Legislature Action Alerts email list-serve.
Click here to sign up for our U.S. Congress  Action Alerts email list-serve.
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You can find the list of all the committees, meeting times, agendas and bills here . If you have any questions at all on how to tune in or about the bills themselves, please connect with Tara Muir, our public policy director at her cell phone:  402-871-4979.


We are following these individual bills so far. House can not introduce any more, and Senate has until Monday, March 8 to introduce more:

1Voyeurism amendments - SF0087 - Follow-up bill from last year to continue with wording that will allow prosecutors to charge those who take photos under the skirts of strangers in grocery store parking lots and increase penalties for one employee who stored over 100,000 photos and videos on a USB drive in his desk. Passed the Senate and set to be introduced in the House.

3. Protective Order Amendments SF0075 - Allows Protection Orders to be stipulated. Judiciary committee added our amendment to make sure the orders were given the full force and effect as an order with a hearing.
Passed by full Senate on  General File Thursday March 11.

4Unlawful Dissemination of an Intimate Image - HB0085 - One who knew or should have known that the depicted person had a reasonable expectation that the image would remain private and the depicted person did not expressly give consent for the image's dissemination is guilty of a misdemeanor. Unfortunately, the House Judiciary committee put an amendment on it to require the actor's harmful intent. We will try to fix once on the Senate side. Passed the House and set to be introduced in the Senate.

5. Crime of Bestiality HB0046 - makes it a misdemeanor to have sexual contact with an animal. There are exceptions for livestock industry. Passed the House and set to be introduced in the Senate.

As a result of Darren Rowe murdering Deidra Rowe and their four pets, then killed himself on Feb. 15, 2020. This bill closes a loophole when an abuser murders their intimate partner. This bill would ensure probate and partner's property is not hled up in probate battle with the murderer. When abuser kills partner first, the partner is considered "pre-deceased" and all kinds of problems have arison. Passed General File by full senate on General File Thursday March 11.

7Bias motivated crime HB0218 - Defines crime that harms a person or property. Requires criminal justice agencies to report monthly to AG's office. WCADVSA is an official mbmer of Wyoming's Freedom From Hate Coalition for the concept of this bill. There is some pushback that it is not inclusive enough. We will listen to testimony. The hearings set for Thursday March 11 was for a conversation about the need for the bill. The Bill was "laid back" and hopes are an Interim Study will be formed to study further for 2021.

8. Anti-discrimination updates HB0183 - Adds gender identity and sexual orientation. Remember, the last reauthorization of the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) act was the first federal to expressly prohibit discrimination against these two classes. This bill provides exemption for what appears to be religious organizations whose "right of expressive association would be significantly burdened". 
House did not consider for Introduction.

9. Incest Amendments SF0153Closes some loopholes that have been longstanding for years also improvements for child sexual assault and human trafficking, yet creates significant prison penalties. 
Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday. Senator French moved the bill but there was no second.
An amendment was needed but apparently no one had the desire to create it. We have one now and hoping the bill will be reconsidered.

10. Prostitution Amendments HB0261 - Closes the hand-job loop hole. House did not consider for Introduction.

11. Minor sex traffic victims HB0210 - Prohibits a minor who engages in any commercial sex act from being criminally charged; specifying that a minor who engages in any commercial sex act is a victim of human trafficking and is an abused child. Referred to the House Judiciary.

Bills we most likely will oppose - see draft summary of research being prepared for SF0081 here:

1. Second Amendment Preservation Act - SF0081- seeks to nullify federal laws. Extremely wordy bill that confuses state law abiding citizens and residents of Wyoming and who may or may no longer be subject to firearm prohibitions in  current federal law if they are subject to a state protection order of convicted of domestic assault.
 
2. Repeal gun free zones and preemption amendments - SF0067- repealing gun free zones; providing for the carrying of concealed weapons as specified; clarifying that only the state legislature may regulate firearms, weapons and ammunition. On General File Thursday March 11 - may not be heard. There is a similar bill in the House, HB01117.
Policy Calls during 2021 Legislative SessionPolicy_Calls

The WCADVSA website is updated to ensure you can find all things related to the 2021 General Session. Here is the schedule and links. 

March 12   12:00 - 1:00 pm:  Click here
March 19     1:00 - 2:00 pm:   Click here
March 26   12:00 - 1:00 pm:  Click here
Apr.il 2   12:00 - 1:00 pm:  Click here

BI-WEEKLY calls for anyone including survivors, board volunteers, CCR partners, and the general public.

March 25   7:00 - 8:00 pm:  Click here
April 8      7:00 - 8:00 pm:  Click here

If you have any questions or suggested topics, please contact Tara
 
Training and EventsTrainings
Wyoming Webinars, Training, and Events
Advocacy and Prevention Connection Paused   Advocacy_and_Prevention

In consideration of advocates' busy schedules, we have decided to take a pause for the scheduling gatherings.  If you have concerns or situations arise that you would like to connect and discuss, please email Susie or call her at 307-222-3352.
National Webinars, Training, and EventsNational_Trainings
MoMENtum Men and Boys Conference - MoMENtum: A Conversation with Men about Mental Health and WellnessMomentum

The Maryland Department of Family Services, Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Division is thrilled to announce its continuation of the MoMENtum Men and Boys Conference Series; "MoMENtum: A Conversation with Men about Mental Health and Wellness.   This years' conference will emphasize the importance of men's mental health in creating healthy relationships. 

The conference will be held on KYSDC.com, MyMajicDC.com, PraiseDC.com and each station's Facebook Live, on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 8:00 am.  While we are disappointed we can't be together, hosting the conference virtually offers a unique opportunity to share the awesome work being achieved in Prince George's County with our family and friends.
Conference Details:
  • Inspirational Speaker - Mr. Ken Harvey, Former Linebacker, Washington Football Team
  • Panel Discussion - Led by Dr. Bent-Goodley, Professor Emerita, Howard University
  • Survivor Testimony - Mr. Troy Jones, Author and Executive Director of 108 Community Organization
  • Men's Conference Challenge - Maryland State Delegate Ronald L. Watson, Ph.D.
  • Students  eligible to earn Community Service Hours
The Global Effort to End Domestic & Sexual Violence Hosted in Collaboration with
The United NationsNoMore

Please join The NO MORE Foundation and UN webinar 'The Global Effort to End Domestic & Sexual Violence' March 24 at 8:00 am. This ground-breaking discussion introduces the Global Directory for Domestic & Sexual Violence Services while shining a light on issues facing support and service organizations affected by COVID-19.

Your voice is a critical element in discussing our findings, outcomes, and next steps in a time of transition.

 Non-Violent Parenting and the Decolonization of Latinx Parenting! Parenting

Two upcoming workshops, being facilitated completely in SPANISH.  These are open to everyone who speaks Spanish and is committed to the prevention of violence! * Educators, Therapists, Advocates, Managers, Students, Preventionists, Admin Assistants, Volunteers!

¡La Alianza de California para Erradicar la Violencia Domestica (The Partnership), en colaboración con Latinx Parenting, ofrece dos entrenamientos para prevencionistas y personas de apoyo, facilitados completamente en Español!

Este esfuerzo es el resultado de la Comunidad de Practica de Prevencionistas Hispanohablantes. Los participantes expresaron la necesidad de acceso a entrenamientos en Español, facilitados por personas que hablan Español, para el personal hispanohablante de nuestras organizaciones.


Save The Date - Safety Net's Virtual Technology Summit 2021Safety_Net_Summit

The Safety Net Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence is going virtual again for our annual Technology Summit  July 19  -  July 22
 
Where?  At your computer, but not too much screen time! The agenda will mostly consist of 2-3 one-hour sessions each day.
 
What?  While we aren't able to incorporate as many of the fun things we typically do at Summit, the team is working to ensure that this virtual event is engaging and provides important information around timely tech safety issues impacting survivors.
 
We will explore some of the ways technology is still evolving, including in our own use as agencies, as well as other intersections of technology and intimate partner violence. We'll look at the digital divide, non-consensual image sharing, tech abuse and accessibility needs for survivors with disabilities, privacy during a public health crisis, and more.
 
Virtual Tech Summit will take place on the Zoom platform.    More details on sessions, schedule, and registration coming soon!

Click here to view a variety of upcoming webinars, national training, and conferences.
 
Resource CenterResource
VAWA Introduced in the House: Your Civic Action-To-Do ListTo_Do         

On Tuesday March 23 JWI is hosting a virtual advocacy day! Use this opportunity to join other grasstop activists to speak out on issues impacting women and girls. Sign up here.

1. Bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 was introduced in the House of Representatives  - his VAWA bill responds to the very real, identified needs of survivors and communities across the country by preventing future violence, enhancing and expanding services for survivors, investing in culturally-specific organizations, and improving access to justice for survivors. 
Take Action Email your representative using our  easy two-click automated system, and tell them to cosponsor VAWA..

2. We cannot ignore the gun violence epidemic that also devastated communities last year, taking more than 100 lives every day in 2020. Two important background check bills were introduced in the House last week -- H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 and H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021. Take action: Email your representative using this template and tell them to support these two bills!

3. The Helms Amendment hinders wanted and needed access to reproductive health care for millions of women around the world.The Helms Amendment bars foreign aid from going to toward abortion. Repealing this dangerous policy could prevent 19 million unsafe abortions a year, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Take actionUse this social media toolkit to engage in the conversation and uplift this important bill.
The Representation Project Weekly Action  Representation_Project
          
Media We Like - If you tuned in Sunday night to Oprah's interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, you've heard Meghan's heartbreaking story about the misogynoir she endured during her time as a working royal. The British press played a big role in her character assassination by perpetuating racist and sexist tropes, which in turn led Meghan to a place "where she didn't see a solution" and considered suicide.      The media fuels damaging narratives of celebrity culture-and when you add in issues of race, class, and gender in powerful and privileged institutions, things get even more complicated.  
Continue to hold the media accountable. When you see biased or sexist news, call it out with our hashtag #NotBuyingIt. And demand better representation for women in the media with the hashtag #RepresentHer.

Calling all young creatives!   The Representation Project is looking for committed and enthusiastic high schoolers between the ages of 14 to 18 for our FREE 2021 intensive summer Youth Media Academy. Taking place June 14 to July 9, 2021, participants will have the opportunity to develop skills in journalism, documentary film, and media in a span of four weeks-all while earning a $25 a day stipend. Make your voice heard this summer! 
     If you know a young person that may be interested in spending the summer learning more about social activism and media, tell them to apply HERE  for our 2021 Youth Media Academy!

By The Numbers  - Through the pandemic, and "alarming trend" emerged: 98% of women wanted men to help them address gender inequality issues, like job insecurity and financial benefits.  however, less than 50% of men indicated being reedy to help.  Use our hashtag  #AskMoreOfHim to encourage men to join the conversation and become allies in the movement for equality.

In Case You Missed It:
Weekly Podcast - Transcending Language Barriers: Providing Clinical Services to Victims of Domestic Violence Who Speak a Non-Dominant LanguagePodcast

Episode five of the second season of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women welcomes Ruth Guerreiro, Senior Director of Clinical and Non-Residential Services at Genesis Women's Shelter and Support. In this final episode of the addressing barriers series, we explore how language both hinders and helps to heal trauma, we discuss alternative approaches, including interpreters and culturally specific services for people who are non-English speaking or are blind or deaf, and we examine how Genesis Women's Shelter and Support is addressing these barriers for clients who need advocacy, counseling, and legal services. 

On March 1, 2021, the Prevention Team at ODVN launched an amazing new web based resource designed for all people called Support for Stressful Times. Designed to help folks deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond check out the virtual ZENworks Yoga Studio where you will learn mindfulness and breathing practices. All resources linked are free and publicly available. Please share this resource within your circles of influence as a way to promote resilience, health, wellness, and prevention. Explore!
Wyoming Women in Elected RolesWY_Women_Elected

The Wyoming Women in Elected Roles, a brief summarizing the status of women in Wyoming elected roles, was released by the Wyoming Women's Foundation (WYWF), in partnership with the Wyoming Council for Women (WCW) and the Equality State Policy Center (ESPC). The brief, a six-page report available at wywf.org , was prepared by the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center at the University of Wyoming. It is part of a series of briefs the partners are working on to examine the current status of women in various areas that impact economic self-sufficiency. 

Although women make up nearly half the population in Wyoming, they make up a far smaller percentage of elected officials-just 18% of Wyoming legislators are women. This brief report explores some of the reasons women are underrepresented, structural barriers women face to holding office, and possible solutions that would make running and serving in office more accessible to women.

Trust Survivors: Building an Effective and Inclusive Cash Assistance ProgramTrust_Survivors

We are very excited to share a groundbreaking report that we released today entitled, Trust Survivors: How to Build an Effective and Inclusive Cash Assistance Program, that compiles data and stories from 1,000 survivors about how to make cash assistance work for them. 
 
The Biden-Harris Administration has pledged $5 billionto be used as direct cash assistance for survivors. At FreeFrom, we are thrilled about this promise as we know from our experience giving unrestricted cash grants to over 4,100 survivors from across the U.S. that survivors' #1 need is cash to spend as they see fit. 
 
To help the Biden-Harris Administration design a survivor-centered program, we asked an incredibly diverse sample of survivors what they need and overwhelmingly, they expressed that they need a program steeped in flexibility and trust. 

"Fighting Tooth And Nail": New Report Shows Indigenous People In Wyoming Face More ViolenceTooth_and_Nail
by Taylar Stagner, Wyoming Public Media

Nicole Wagon knew something was wrong days before she would get the news.

"I didn't feel good. I didn't feel good for those couple days. And what can I explain to you is leading up to that day I received the call. It just felt like a sense, a feeling. And I couldn't shake it," she said.

She knew Jocelyn was planning a road trip and thought about going over to visit her but decided against it. Their visits sometimes went on a long time with all the talking and laughing. And then the next day Nicole got a call.

"And I received a call that day from my aunt and I could hear it in her voice and it was full of panic," Nicole said. And I already knew, I already had a not-good feeling. And just connecting everything. As soon as I got to my daughters residence to see all that law enforcement, I knew it wasn't good."

It was a few days after New Years, 2019. Police officers were dispatched that afternoon as holiday snow clung to Christmas lights.

Nicole was unable to describe the feeling of losing a child but she still tried.

"And it was a total shock. It's devastating and it's indescribable," Nicole said.

Jan. 5, 2019, Jocelyn Watt and her partner Rudy Perez were murdered. The crime is still unsolved two years later.

Then last year, Nicole Wagon lost another daughter, Jade. Again, Nicole knew something was wrong when she didn't show up for her older sister's annual memorial.

"I knew my there's no way that she would have missed that. So I knew something was wrong."

Nicole reported Jade missing right away, but later that month Jade was found. Jade's case is still under investigation by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Nicole remembered having to tell her other three daughters.

"And that memory stays etched into my mind of the devastation. This devastation on my daughters faces. You can't take that pain away," Nicole said.

But Nicole held onto her family and her faith and became an advocate for not only her daughters but for missing and murdered Indigenous people all over the state of Wyoming and in Indian Country.

Nicole's message is one the tribal community has been trying to tell Wyoming leaders for years. But now a new report is showing that Nicole's experience isn't an anomaly. Wyoming's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Task Force released their findings last month.

NNEDV UpdatesNNEDV_Update

This Black History Month, NNEDV celebrated Black leaders and organizations working to end domestic violence and to ensure racial justice for Black survivors. NNEDV is honored to collaborate with and learn from our national partners working to address the substantial and unique barriers faced by Black survivors of domestic violence.

The Positively Safe team at NNEDV is excited to announce an upcoming three-part webinar series beginning on National Women and Girl's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Earlier this month, NNEDV had the honor of joining Representative Gwen S. Moore, and experts from RALIANCE, Ujima, and the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center for a briefing on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Securing housing is critical to survivor safety once they decide to leave an abusive partner, but is often difficult to obtain. Black people and people of color are disproportionally affected by housing access and are more likely to experience homelessness, making it difficult to find safety when it's most needed.

 
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Wyoming Wears Teal UpdateWyoming_Teal

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Throughout April, we recognize the impact sexual violence has on communities and stand in solidarity with survivors. 

We've added new style options and colors.  Order by March 18 to ensure delivery before April 1.  Don't miss out on your chance to help turning Wyoming Teal!  

We are launching the first Wyoming Wears Teal Initiative - a message of hope and healing to survivors of sexual violence and a call to action to end sexual violence throughout Wyoming. As part of this campaign, we invite folks from across the state to wear teal throughout the month of April. 

Put on your finest teal threads, snap a photo of yourself, family, friends, and colleagues, use the hashtag #WyomingWearsTeal2021, and pledge your support to survivors by sharing the ways you take a stand against sexual assault in your communities. 

Let's turn Wyoming TEAL!
Your photo and message may be showcased on our social media pages throughout April.
We Can Build Safe Online Spaces Campaign Launched for SAAM 2021SAAM2021

April 2021 marks twenty years of Sexual Assault Awareness Month - a campaign that endures as a way to shine a light on the issues of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse and focus on solutions to ending these types of violence.

April also marks one year of living with and identifying the impact of the pandemic on the issue of sexual violence. In the past year, online platforms have been crucial in helping us stay connected, however, the amount of abuse that occurs over these platforms has also increased, as expanded use of online tools have created new opportunities for abuse to occur.

That's why this year's SAAM We Can Build Safe Online Spaces campaign is all about bringing attention to online harassment and abuse and providing solutions on how we can prevent it. While we're still building the future of how we work, date, and connect we can start with a foundation that supports respect, equality, and safety.

There are lots of ways you can get involved, like hosting an online event, participating in the #30DaysofSAAM Instagram Challenge, or downloading a teal awareness ribbon Zoom background. Click here to learn more.



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