TUESDAY, JUNE 19
Yoga by the pool with Krista DelGallo
Margaret Bassett, LPC-S, is the Deputy Director and Director of Expert Witness Program at the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (IDVSA) at The University of Texas at Austin. She provides consultation and training on the use of expert witnesses in cases involving interpersonal crimes. She has worked in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault for more than 30 years in a variety of settings, most recently in the criminal justice system working with victims of intimate partner violence felony crimes. She testifies as an expert witness in criminal and civil court cases and is an adjunct professor at The University of Texas in Austin. She received her Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University and is a licensed professional counselor. She served as a Peace Corp Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. Her professional interests include violence against women; intimate partner violence; sexual assault; trauma; safety planning and risk assessment.
Elizabeth Tang, an Equal Justice Works fellow with the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) will be presenting on Title IX at this years conference. For the past 40 years, NWLC has been at the forefront of landmark advances that have improved the lives of women. NWLC works to promote equality and opportunity for women and families. They champion policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential at every stage of their lives. Recent accomplishments of NWLC range from protecting pregnant workers to raising the minimum wage in states across the country. Sharing this passion, Elizabeth Tang focuses on combating sexual harassment and violence in K-12 schools. Previously, Elizabeth worked at the American Civil Liberties Union, the U.S. Senate, and Apne Aap Women’s Collective, an Indian nonprofit serving sex workers and their children. Elizabeth received a JD/MBA from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Harvard College. We look forward to welcoming Elizabeth at our conference and to learn how to identify and vigorously advocate for Title IX protections on behalf of our clients.
Krista DelGallo (Texas Council on Family Violence, Austin)
Carla Sanchez-Adams, Esq. (TRLA, Austin)
Christopher Kaiser, Esq. (TAASA, Austin)
Hon. Lena Levario (TRLA, Dallas) (1.0 CLE/CEU Ethics)
About the Speakers:
Alexandra Cantrell is a Policy Coordinator at the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV). In her role, she provides technical assistance and training to family violence service providers across the state relating to policy issues, programmatic advocacy and data management. Prior to joining TCFV, Alexandra worked at a domestic violence clinic during law school preparing protective order applications for survivors of family violence and elder abuse. She briefly practiced law in both California and New York prior to working as an advocate at the National Domestic Violence Hotline and at a domestic violence program in rural Texas.
Molly Voyles is a Public Policy Manager at the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) and has worked at the coalition for eleven years. In her position at TCFV, she provides technical assistance and training across the state on family violence program policy issues with a focus on supporting survivor-centered services models. She also works on systemic efforts to examine the intersection of homelessness and domestic violence and currently serves on the Texas Interagency Council on Homelessness. Prior to joining TCFV, Ms. Voyles worked in a variety of roles within domestic violence programs with a primary focus on assisting survivors with accessing stable housing and working with children of survivors of domestic violence. She has worked with survivors in both rural and urban settings and has an understanding of the unique challenges, and solutions, available to these different communities. She attended Indiana University where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work.
Sarah is a Staff Attorney with the Texas Foster Youth Justice Project at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. She is also the Chair of the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable and a Field Instructor for the School of Social Work at UT. Sarah brings a unique perspective to the practice of law and community collaboration as both a licensed attorney and a Masters-level social worker. Although a self-described ambivert, she loves meeting new people, cultivating effective connections, and harnessing social energy for good. Sarah has worked in various settings as a social worker and attorney (sometimes performing both functions at once), most recently at the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition where she advocated for effective and safe criminal justice policy reforms and coordinated the Smart-on-Crime Coalition during the 2015 Texas Legislative Session
Family Law Primer Julia R. Rodriguez, Esq. (TRLA, San Antonio)
Immigration Nuts & Bolts Adriana Rodriguez, Esq. (TRLA, San Antonio) & Nubia Torres, Esq. (Catholic Charities, Dallas)
Adriana Rodriguez, Esq. (TRLA, San Antonio)
Nubia Torres, Esq. (Catholic Charities, Dallas)
Crime Victim’s Compensation Terry Secrest, LCSW (TRLA, Austin)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20
Amy Jones is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, has worked extensively with survivors of interpersonal violence and conducts trainings nationally on issues related to interpersonal violence. She has acted as a Therapist, Advocate, Director of Clinical Services and interim Executive Director with the Turning Point Rape Crisis Center of Collin County; served as the Program Manager for the Salvation Army’s Domestic Violence Program and later in the role of Senior Director of Programs and Client Services at Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support in Dallas, Texas. In her role at Genesis, Amy was responsible to direct and develop all programming and client services. She recently joined the staff of DARCC (Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center) as CEO.
Jessica Johnson, Esq. (Attorney, TRLA, Austin)
Erin Martinson, Esq. & Dana Nelson, Esq. (Texas Legal Services Center, Austin)
Client Success Story, PAI Awards
Barbara Rubel brings insight and experience that couldn’t be more relevant to this year’s conference for advocates of survivors of sexual assault. She’s a nationally recognized leader and educator in her field – stress management that uses self-awareness of skills and strengths to improve the ability to handle job burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma. She’s written for the Huffington Post, appeared on the “Today Show” and in “Fatal Mistakes,” an Emmy Award-winning documentary about the conviction of an inmate on death row for murdering his wife. She is also the co-author of the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime Training Curriculum, Compassion Fatigue which will be the focus of her presentation at our conference. She’s a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, an American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress diplomate, and she holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in community health. We’ve welcomed Barbara to our conference before and we’re thrilled to have her with us at the 18th Annual Legal Alliance for Survivors of Abuse Cross-Training as our closing speaker. For more information on her diverse accomplishments check out her website www.griefworkcenter.com.
Thank you for helping us commemorate 18 years of enhanced advocacy for victims!