Underserved Technical Assistance Project 
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June 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

ALSO Hosted Underserved Project In-person Training 


October 9-11, 2018 

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), in partnership with the Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO) will host the 
2018 Underserved In-Person  Institute in 
Chicago, IL

This meeting is mandatory for 2016 and 2017 grantees. If your organization is unable to attend, please contact your OVW Grant Manager Kara Moller at  Kara.Moller@usdoj.gov.

*Pending OVW Approval *
Grant Progress Reporting

This is a reminder that  progress reports (aka Muskie reports) covering grant activities from January 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018, are due July 30, 2018.

To assist grantees with completing their progress report, the University School of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service will be hosting a webinar specifically for Underserved Grantees.

Date : July 16, 2018
Time : 1:00pm- 3:00pm CT

Other Webinars & In-person Training Opportunities*


TitleCreating Accessible Online Trainings
HostNational Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Date: June 25, 2018
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm CT
Online courses are cost effective and an excellent way to disseminate information, but are they accessible to a wide range of people? Webinar attendees with disabilities can face a variety of barriers to participation.

TitleVAWA Confidentiality and Protections for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence
Host: Praxis International 
Date: June 27th, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm CT
As the numbers of immigrant family violence victims accessing justice increases, advocates need to understand federal statutory protections afforded by Violence Against Women ACT (VAWA) to immigrant crime victims to keep victims and their families safe. This webinar will provide attendees with up-to-date information on screening for immigration relief, VAWA's Confidentiality Protections, and filing U Visas as quickly as possible after victimization.

TitleThe SART Toolkit: tools and resources to facilitate a coordinated team approach to sexual assault
Host International Association of Forensic Nurses
Date: July 12, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm 
This webinar will introduce forensic nurses to the updated Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Toolkit, hosted by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. The new SART Toolkit is the result of collaborative efforts to provide evidence-based information on best practices to SARTs.

TitleEnhancing Language Access: A Culturally Responsive Approach
Host: Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
Date: July 31, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm ET
By the end of this presentation participants will be better able to:
  • Review language access requirements under federal law. 
  • Explore how to take reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access for individuals with limited English proficiency. 
  • Review key elements for developing an effective Language Access Plan.
  • Examine the tools and resources needed to support an effective Language Access Plan.

Title: Q & A: Developing an Effective Language Access Plan
Host: Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
Date: August 6, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm 
This Q & A session is to address concerns and questions participants may have from prior webinars presented in this series, as well as to address any challenges participants may be encountering in developing, enhancing, implementing or monitoring their organizational language access plan.

Archived Webinars

TitleRecordkeeping: Guidance for Rape Crisis Centers
Host: Victim Rights Law Center

In-Person Trainings/Events

Title: Enhancing Organizational Capacity for Our Communities: Capacity Building Training for OVW CSSP, Underserved, Tribal, and Rural Grantees
Hosts: Casa de Esperanza, the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender- Based Violence, Asian Women's Shelter, Red Wind Consulting, and Ujima
Location: Portland, OR
Date: September 19th- September 20th, 2018 
Enhancing Organizational Capacity for Our Communities is a 2 day training that will bring together about 30 participants who are interested in strengthening their capacity to effectively manage, operate and sustain their organizations. The goal of this training is to increase the organizational capacity of OVW grantees and their partners serving culturally specific, rural, tribal, and underserved communities.
Application Deadline: August 17th, 2018
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.
*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.
Grantee Spotlight    
This month we are excited to shine the spotlight on 
Citizens Against Physical & Sexual Abuse (CAPSA)!

Grantee spotlight and photos provided and written by CAPSA.
CAPSA is a nonprofit agency serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in Northern Utah since the 1970's. We provide emergency shelter, individual counseling and therapy, support groups, advocacy, and community prevention education. After several sexual abuse cases involving persons with disabilities in the community, CAPSA sought additional funding to further enhance the services they provide for persons with disabilities. This resulted in many successes, including the current collaboration with OPTIONS for Independence, a nonprofit independent living service agency supporting persons with disabilities in Northern Utah. Through this collaboration, CAPSA and OPTIONS have been able to provide sexual abuse prevention education through teaching healthy sexuality and comprehensive sex education. Through this method, consumers learn about protective and risk factors, including how to be self-advocates, set and maintain boundaries, and be aware of warning signs of violence and abuse. This has also allowed us to have a therapist in-house at OPTIONS for Independence, alleviating a difficult barrier for accessing services. The therapist and CAPSA staff attends fun events with consumers of OPTIONS to build relationships of trust and support with the consumers so that they are more comfortable seeking intervention and treatment services from CAPSA. 
Th rough this collaboration, we have been able to accomplish amazing things for our consumers, including providing them with comp rehensive sex education that is typically difficult to access in Utah, establish therapeutic support groups, and help many individ
uals who have been impacted by sexual violence. We have also been able to teach portions of the curriculum in high school resource/special education classes, which has been an extremely beneficial experience. One story highlights the successes of this collaboration and reflects a common experience: Consumer "H" had been heavily involved in the OPTIONS youth group since it started and participated in our sex education/abuse prevention classes. "H" already had a strong foundation of trust with an educator at OPTIONS. "H" experienced a traumatic event involving their father's sexual misconduct, resulting in him going to jail.  This had a tremendous impact on "H's" psyche but because of the cooperative work with CAPSA, the trusted educator
 at OPTIONS was able to help "H" access CAPSA's services and receive therapy. The OPTIONS
 educator attended the therapy for the first 4 sessions to ensure that "H" would feel comfortable. CAPSA was then able to connect "H" with information they needed on how the court system processes and restraining orders, and with a supportive person by their side. We feel very proud of the support, resources, and opportunity towards healing we have given "H" and many other individuals with disabilities within our community, and this grant has greatly contributed to the progress that we have made.
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   or reply to this email with any content highlights that your organization is celebrating, working on, and/or engaged in. 
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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-chicaog.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.