Underserved Technical Assistance Project 
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January 2018
This product of the ALSO Underserved TA Project is designed for Underserved grantees to provide them with regular and concise information including resources, training opportunities, open solicitations and more.

Happy Resource & Opportunity Finding!
Your Underserved TA Team

Upcoming ALSO Underserved TA Webinars & In-person Trainings

In partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women, the ALSO Underserved TA Project has developed a series of webinars designed for Underserved grantees. Every quarter, ALSO will host and facilitate a 1-1.5 hour topical webinar on a particular subject of interest. The format of the topical webinar is presentation-based, whereas the following webinar(s) in the series are facilitated peer-to-peer discussions for a deeper dive as to what the topical webinar content means for underserved populations and organizations that served them. Attendance to the topical webinar is not required as a prerequisite to participate in the facilitated discussion webinars but it is strongly encouraged as a way to benefit fully from these learning opportunities.  

Our first topical webinar is on Thursday, February 22nd at 10am AT/ 11am PT/12pm MT/1pm CT /2pm ET .
Title: Providing Sexual Assault Services to Underserved
Presenters: Mira Yusef, Executive Director of Monsoon United
Asian Women of Iowa, and Yasmeen Hamza, Director of Community Programs at Womankind

FACILITATED DISCUSSION: The following peer-to-peer discussion webinars related to the topical webinar of sexual assault services will be on March 29th and April 26th both at 10am AT/ 11am PT/12pm MT/1pm CT /2pm ET

ALSO will send out email announcements and reminders with more details closer to these dates.

Other Webinars & In-person Training Opportunities*


Title: Case File Review: SA Cases in           your Communities
Host: Battered Women's Justice Project
Date: February 22nd, 2018
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT

This webinar will explain the process and framework for reviewing sexual assault case files as an evaluative measure for sexual assault response teams (SARTs). Participants will learn how to create meaningful change to the sexual violence response in a way that is both victim centered and addresses offender accountability.

In-Person Trainings/Events

Title : International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic                     Violence, and Gender Bias
Host: End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI)
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: April 3-5, 2018

This annual conference focuses on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, human trafficking and elder abuse. EVAWI consistently brings together law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victim advocates, judges, parole and probation officers, rape crisis workers, health care professionals, faith community members, educators, researchers and others in this three day conference highlighting promising practices and emerging issues to effectively respond to these crimes in all of our communities.

Title : 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC)
           "Bold Moves: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation"
Host: California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)
Location: Anaheim, California
Date: August 29- August 31, 2018
The conference facilitates opportunities to share information and resources, advance learning, develop skills, and increase professional capacity to support survivors of sexual assault, to raise the profile of sexual assault as an important community health and justice issue, and to prevent sexual assault from happening. Registration opens April 2018
*To use OVW grant funds for any training & technical assistance opportunities, you must send an email to your OVW Program Manager, Kara Moller, at Kara.Moller@usdoj.gov to request approval. ALSO Underserved TA Project webinars and in-person trainings (including New Grantee Orientation) do not need prior approval.
Funding Opportunities

Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program
The goal of the SAS Culturally Specific Program is to create, maintain, and expand sustainable sexual assault services provided by culturally specific organizations, which are uniquely situated to respond to the needs of sexual assault victims from culturally specific communities.
DUE DATE: 2/15/2018
AMT OF GRANT: $300,000
Funding Opportunities for Tribal Communities
The U.S. Department of Justice announced the opening of the grant solicitation period for comprehensive funding to federally-recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and tribal consortia to support public safety, victim services and crime prevention.
DUE DATE: 3/20/18
AMT OF GRANT: Amounts vary per grant
Consolidated Grant Program to Address Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Assault and Engage Men and Boys as Allies
Supports multi-faceted prevention strategies that involve community organizing, outreach, and public education through the mobilization of men working as allies in the prevention of violence against women and girls
DUE DATE:  2/15/2018
AMT OF GRANT: $100,000
Grantee Spotlight 
This month we are excited to shine the spotlight on Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa!

Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa was co-founded in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2003 by Mira Yusef, currently the executive director of the organization, and Shashi Tenneti, a community activist, as a grassroots volunteer group to provide advocacy services to victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in Iowa.
Monsoon is both a grantee and technical assistance provider funded by the Office on Violence Against Women. Monsoon's expertise on sexual assault services and serving culturally specific and underserved populations makes this organization a fitting choice as a presenter on this very topic in our first topical webinar that will be held on February 22, 2018 (see above for more details). Thank you Monsoon for continuing to share your expertise with your peers and others!
 Your work inspires us every day and we are confident it will inspire others too! Help us shine a spotlight on your or one of your partners work. Please contact us at underservedtaproject@also-chicago.org   with your ideas for this section.

Have Questions?

We are here to help!

For questions about grant administration: Contact your OVW Grant Manager Kara Moller at Kara.Moller@usdoj.gov

For technical assistance support related to substantive and programmatic issues: Contact your ALSO Underserved TA team at underservedtaproject@also-chicago.org  
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This project is supported by Grant No. 2016-TA-AX-K034 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, Department of Justice.