Underserved Technical Assistance Project 
Your Monthly Underserved Grant
Resource Email is here!

November 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

2018 Underserved Grantee Orientation 

We are excited to see those attending the Underserved Grantee Orientation next month
 in Washington, DC on December 11-13, 2018!

he U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), in partnership with the the Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO) will host  the 2018 Underserved Grantee Orientation. In the next week, you will be emailed a travel letter with detailed information regarding transportation, lodging, restaurant options and other pertinent information related the Orientation. The agenda and materials will also be posted online soon. Keep checking our Underserved TA page for updates. 

If you have any questions regarding the Orientation, please reach out to Program Coordinator, Zarena Leblanc, at zleblanc@also-

Online Private Portal for OVW Underserved Grantees

We have launched our new Underserved TA Project Tools and Resources password-protected private portal for Underserved Grantees, which gives grantees access to information beyond all of the content and resources publicly available on our public TA tools and resources page .

To access this private portal, set up your account today! To register, please follow these following steps.
  1. Click Here for Registration.
  2. Enter your first name, last name, and an email address.
  3. Select a username. Usernames must be all lowercase letters or numbers (no special characters).
  4. Select a password. Passwords may be a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers or characters.
  5. Enter the given security code: 12345678
  6. After you register, you will see a confirmation screen in your browser and be permitted to log in immediately. Note: To register multiple representatives from your agency, each person must use unique email addresses.
  7. When you login, you will be directed to ALSO's homepage. You can find the portal on the Main Menu along the right side of the site, under the Training and Consultation drop-down, and the Underserved Technical Assistance Project drop-down, you will now find the Underserved Grantees Private page. Please refer to the below images for guidance.
After registering and creating your login information, you can reach this page through   ALSO's homepage and clicking on the Underserved Grantees button on the top of the page. There is also a link in the Main Menu along the right side of the site.
2018 Underserved Fall Institute Recap
Read a summary of the 2018 Underserved Fall Institute that took place on October 9-11 in Chicago, IL.
"Grantees of programs providing outreach and services to underserved populations came together for the ALSO Underserved Institute in Chicago between October 9-11, 2018. This Institute, the first for the program, was hosted in partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women, which funded the program. The Institute convened 44 grantees from 25 organizations across 16 states [...]"
OVW Open Solicitations

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) invites you to apply for their programs. Please be aware that the current open
solicitations are for the following programs (both due January 8, 2019):


-Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program 

The Underserved program will have a new solicitation coming out very soon. Please check OVW's website to stay informed about when it is released. 

Non-Underserved Sponsored Webinars*


Title:  Responding to Sexual Assault Victims of Color
Host: Forensic Technology Center of Excellence 
Date: November 29, 2018 
Time: 12 :00 - 1:00 pm CST
This Forensic Technology Center of Excellence webinar will educate attendees on trauma experienced by people of color and the impact on their experience in the criminal justice system, aiming to improve sexual assault investigations and victim services for survivors of color.

Title:  Survivor-Led Lawyering in the Face of Institutional Oppression and Barriers
 Victim Rights Law Center
Date: December 6, 2018 
Time: 12 :00 - 1:30 pm CST
This interactive webinar will engage participants in a deeper understanding of common attacks to a survivor's credibility in legal proceedings through the lens of intersectionality,  institutional bias, and oppression. We will cover the 4 I's of Oppression, how various forms of oppression (i.e. racism/white supremacy, heterosexism, ableism, sexism, classism, and anti-immigrant bias) may present themselves in a survivor's life, and our professional responsibility to understand and address institutional bias as practitioners and organizations. From the initial intake to presenting a survivor's claims for relief, we will develop and take away strategies to lawyer in ways that center survivors, challenge institutional bias, and resist rape culture.
This webinar is pending OVW Approval.
Contact Katie Hardiman at khardiman@victimrights.org for more information.


Title:  Embracing Change & Growth: Strengthening Services for Survivors of Sexual Violence with Lessons from the Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative
Host:  Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Date: March 12 - 14, 2019
Location: Chicago, Illinois 
This conference will provide opportunities for participants to explore in-depth the eight overall lessons learned in the SADI about the organizational practices needed to grow and enhance healing services for survivors of sexual violence.

*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.
Insightful Reading
Responding to Survivors with Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Overview for Sexual Assault Advocates  
By:  National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Approximate Reading Time:  10 minutes
This guide was developed for local rape crisis advocates who may be asked to work with a survivor with autism.  It is a brief primer on autism, how persons who have autism may respond to a traumatic event and the importance of working with disability providers in a collaborative fashion. There are resource lists for advocates as well as organizational tools designed to assist programs who want to better serve the disability communities.
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-chicaog.org.  
Your feedback is important to us!

Any ideas you have on how to improve this Resource Email or any other aspect of our TA and trainings, please send them to us at underservedtaproject@also-chicago.org.
If you have any programmatic highlights, or noteworthy news that you would like to see in future Resource Emails please reach out to your point of contact or email the Underserved team directly. 
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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.