- Teresa Burns, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities
- Rosie Hidalgo, J.D., Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities
- Grace Huang, J.D., Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence
With Support from the National Alliance for Safe Housing
Immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault often face unique challenges and additional barriers to accessing and maintaining safe housing. Since the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 1994, VAWA has always included vital protections for immigrant survivors, recognizing that abusers often use their victims’ dependent or unauthorized immigration status as a tool of abuse. Attendees of this webinar will learn how to identify and help immigrant survivors navigate challenges when seeking services and safety, as well as focus on strengths-based and trauma-informed advocacy for immigrant survivors. Additionally, presenters will discuss the impact of potential policy changes, such as the HUD mixed status rule or the public charge rule, and provide additional resources and information.
Intended audience: Domestic and/or sexual violence organizations, and homeless/housing organizations
About the presenters:
- Teresa Burns
Teresa is the Refugio Manager at Casa de Esperanza and her day-to-day work is focused on: ensuring the shelter provides holistic and culturally-specific support, managing Minnesota’s only 24-hour bilingual crisis line, overseeing advocate training, and grant reporting. She sits on homeless and housing system committees in the community to improve access to and coordinate services for domestic violence survivors, especially those in immigrant communities. She has worked in partnerships with police departments, consulates, prosecutors, and the courts. Teresa is trained to respond in the areas of domestic violence, human trafficking, and felony-level assaults. As an ally, she sees her work as being a ‘puente’ or bridge between cultures, and enhancing understanding and appreciation of all communities.
- Rosie Hidalgo, J.D.
Rosie is the Senior Director of Public Policy for Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a national resource center with a focus on providing training, research, and policy advocacy to prevent and end domestic violence and sexual assault. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. Rosie previously served as the Deputy Director for Policy at the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice. She also previously worked as an attorney at legal services programs for low-income families in New York City and in Northern Virginia.
- Grace Huang, J.D.
Grace is the Policy Director at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence. For over 20 years Ms. Huang has worked with domestic violence survivors, both by providing direct legal representation and by working on statewide and national public policy as an advocate to improve domestic violence services and increase protections for victims. These policies include advances in state law relating to victim services and confidentiality, housing, employment leave, protection orders, and child custody and child welfare. Ms. Huang has also worked on several federal policies, including the Violence Against Women Act, the Family Violence Services and Prevention Act, and on immigration laws affecting survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault. Prior to her work focusing on public policy, Ms. Huang engaged in private law practice in immigration and citizenship matters, and in civil legal aid practice in family court, domestic violence, and housing and economic support matters. Ms. Huang is the editor of the Washington State Domestic Violence Manual for Judges, and currently serves as a steering committee member of the National Taskforce to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. She is a member of the Washington State Women’s Commission and the Gender and Justice Commission of the Washington Supreme Court.