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Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013 6:35 AM

Location: Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA, US
Event start date and time: November 07, 2013 4:00 PM
Event end date and time: November 07, 2013 4:00 PM

Consumer law can be a powerful tool for intimate partner violence survivors who face economic challenges such as debt, credit damage, federal tax liability, and housing issues as a result of abuse. Domestic violence lawyers and advocates should be cognizant of the consumer law remedies available to survivors. At the same time, consumer advocates must be aware of special safety and privacy issues that might arise in the course of representing a domestic violence survivor. This intensive focuses on ways in which consumer and domestic violence advocates and lawyers can expand their advocacy and partner to meet the twin goals of physical safety and economic justice for survivors.

While individual advocacy provides survivors with the tools to address harms they have faced, systems advocacy is needed to make our communities, institutions, and organizations more responsive to common challenges facing survivors living in poverty. Such systemic approaches (including partnership building and cross-sector collaboration) have the potential to make our individual work more efficient and effective. This Intensive training will equip participants with both individual advocacy and systems advocacy approaches to economic justice work. Each of the sessions will integrate these complimentary skills to substantive areas of consumer law.

Topics will include: survivor centered economic advocacy, credit reporting law and advocacy; debt prioritization and collection defense; federal tax advocacy; housing advocacy; and building partnerships to enhance consumer rights for domestic violence survivors. Participants will engage in hands-on exercises that develop their ability to screen for and address consumer law and domestic violence issues; gain consumer law knowledge and advocacy techniques; gain a better understanding of how domestic violence impacts consumer advocacy; and develop consumer law strategies that address the safety and privacy concerns of survivors. In addition, the conference will identify lessons from CSAJ's Innovative Building Partnerships Pilot Projects and provide programs with an opportunity to imagine and devise systems change models applicable to their own communities.

Confirmed faculty: Erika Sussman, Katie VonDeLinde, Susan Morgenstern, Catherine Trapani, Sara Shoener

This training is supported by the Consumer Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors Initiative (CRDVSI), funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, US Department of Justice. The CRDVSI grant was awarded to the Center for Survivor Agency and Justice, with partners including the National Consumer Law Center, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, and the Feerick Center for Social Justice of Fordham Law Center, along with a cadre of expert consultants.


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