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March 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

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! #SAAM

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) calls attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and impacts every person in our communities.  The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. All the following resources, and more information about sexual assault can be found at https://www.nsvrc.org/.

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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. These series consist of  topical webinars on a particular subject of interest followed by facilitated discussion webinars. The format of the topical webinar is presentation-based, whereas the following webinar in the series is a facilitated peer-to-peer discussion 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 webinar but it is strongly encouraged as a way to benefit fully from these learning opportunities.  


Our first topical webinar Providing Sexual Assault Services to Underserved Populations was held on Thursday, February 22nd at 1:00pm CT. See the link below for the recording, and please consider taking a few minutes to fill out the survey.


Title: Facilitated Disucssion on Providing Sexual Assault Services to Underserved Populations
Host: ALSO
Date: March 29, 2018
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm CT
This discussion based webinar is a follow-up to the topical webinar that the ALSO Underserved TA Project hosted on February 22nd that presented information about providing sexual assault services. This highly interactive follow-up webinar will provide grantees an opportunity to further discuss issues they face in providing services in their communities, and connect with others doing similar work.

ALSO will send out email announcements and reminders with more details closer to these dates.
Other Webinars & In-person Training Opportunities*


Title:  Working with Interpreters: Enhancing Communications with Individuals Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Host: Vera Institute of Justice
Date: March 20, 2018
Time1:00 PM - 02:30 PM CT
Participants will learn to distinguish between interpreter qualifications, certifications, and specializations to ensure quality and appropriate language access delivery. Presenters will discuss interpreter codes of conduct, the roles of interpreters. They will highlight the importance of confidentiality, impartiality, and accuracy. Participants will gain practical strategies for working with interpreters and improving working relationships. Special interpreting needs will also be discussed.

TitleLanguage and Sexual Violence
Host: Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
Date: March 20, 2018 12:00pm-1:30pm ET
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm ET

The language used to talk about sexual violence can have profound impacts on how people understand victims' experiences and the impacts of these crimes. Word choice can effect hearings, trials, and protection order petitions. This webinar will: identify how language choices can impact outcomes in sexual assault cases, increase participants' knowledge of how language shapes perception and show how appropriate language can lead to greater justice in cases of sexual violence.

Title Women's / Survivors' Education and Support Groups for Social Change
Host: Praxis International
Date: March 28, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm CT

Early support and educational groups included opportunities for women/survivors to take action on individual, institutional, and cultural levels to change the conditions that support oppression and inequality. Over time, these types of groups have shifted away from action and moved towards a focus of individual recovery and support. Join us to discuss: examples of groups that facilitate action for social change, consequences of focusing only on individual recovery, and how to get started, address obstacles, and build program capacity to engage in social change within rural communities. This is the first in a series of four webinars.

In-Person Trainings/Events

TitleSanta Fe Capacity Building Training Registration
Host: Casa de Esperanza
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Date: April 24-April 25, 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. This regional training will provide attendees with significant opportunities for networking, resource and expertise sharing, and critical discussions to enhance the work and overall capacity. 
Deadline to register is March 30th. 

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 Supporting Organizational Sustainability to Address Violence Against Women (SOS Institute) Training
HostFutures Without Violence
Location: Atlanta, GA
DateMay 2- May 4, 2018 

This Institute is an interactive 2.5-day training for OVW grantees to enhance the organization's capacity and develop a solid infrastructure.  The Institute includes organizational development topics such as: a) Review of organization's mission and core values; b) Planning for and addressing organizational growth, transitions and change; c) Funding strategies and budgets that support organizational strengths and assets; d) Collaborations to maximize and share resources; e) Staff and leadership development; f) Tools for Board development and engagement.  

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 

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: March 20, 2018
Amount of Grant: Amounts vary per grant

Have Questions?

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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.