This four hour training will enhance attendees’ knowledge of culturally relevant services to survivors of domestic violence. After completing this training, participants will be able to identify and examine existing system barriers to services and improve access to justice for immigrant survivors. Information will be provided on immigration laws, cultural and linguistic barriers, batterer tactics, as well as the legal rights and remedies that are available to immigrant survivors. Scholarships are available to certified domestic violence center advocates and staff.
Ana Isabel Vallejo is co-director of VIDA Legal Assistance, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking in persons and other violent crimes. Ms. Vallejo has been representing immigrant survivors of violence for over 15 years. She has represented trafficked persons and has worked in collaboration with the US Department of Justice; the FBI, the US Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security. In addition to direct legal representation, Ms. Vallejo has been part of the faculty and a panelist in numerous national and international trainings and conferences. Ms. Vallejo has a law degree and a Master of Laws degree from St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida.