Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 12:00 - 1:30pm (Central)
While sexual violence impacts every demographic group, myths about sexual violence within Latin@/x communities create misconceptions around culture and race. By engaging parents, religious leaders, survivors and community members, we can promote awareness, culturally-specific outreach and community engagement toward demystifying sexual violence within Latin@/x communities.
• Build upon personal strengths with cultural identity to work with community leaders to build bridges with community.
• Identify three leaders and others that we don’t normally see as leaders.
• Identify and train organizations on the changing needs of Latin@/x communities
Presenter: Maria Jirau-Torres, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Maria Jirau-Torres is the Language Access Coordinator for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), having worked in the Domestic and Sexual Violence arena for more than 8 years. In those years, she has advocated with and for victims of trafficking, Spanish speaking only survivors and assisted clients in the process of T Visa’s and U Visas. She worked as the child advocate, counselor, prevention educator, medical and legal advocate for the Spanish speaking and Latin@ community. In her current role as Language Access Coordinator for 3 years, Maria facilitates culturally-informed and linguistically-accessible efforts, nurtures partnerships across languages and cultures, develop and provide trainings at local, state and national levels, provide culturally-specific and linguistically accessible technical assistance.