Campus Advocacy Conference
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Campus Advocacy Conference
January 12 - 14, 2020
The University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, Texas
Victim-centered campus advocacy program.
Campus and community partnerships.
Student access to advocacy series.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR PARTICIPANTS AND SPONSORS!
Presentation: Advocacy Outreach and Empathy
Presenter: Jovana Nieto, BS
Jovana Nieto is the Outreach Coordinator for Campus Advocacy, Resources, and Education (CARE), and Do One Thing Bystander Intervention programs at the University of Texas at El Paso. She has a bachelor’s degree in Public Health and a minor in Psychology. She loves her work in advocacy and preventive health through a holistic approach.
Presentation Title: Healing Through the Justice Process (Protective Orders)
Presenter: Judge Jose M. Gonzalez
Jose M. Gonzalez
Former Associate Judge Jose Gonzalez was appointed as the Associate Judge for the 65th District Protective Order Court in February 2016. He is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and University of Texas at El Paso Undergraduate School. Prior to taking the bench he worked for 11 years as a prosecutor and supervisor of the Family Justice Division of the El Paso County Attorney’s Office and as the First Assistant County Attorney. Mr. Gonzalez also spent 12 years in private practice handing family and criminal law cases. He was also a former Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protective Division, and a law clerk and briefing attorney for former federal magistrate Phillip Cole. In January 2020, Mr. Gonzalez was elected to work again at the County Attorney’s Office overseeing the Domestic Violence, CPS and APS units. He will also be overseeing the County Attorney’s Annex Offices and be in charge of various special projects. Judge Gonzalez has served on various professional and civic organizations. He is the former Chairman of the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee for the Rio Grande Council of Governments, former Chairman of the Texas Youth Commission Volunteer Service Board, and was the Vice-President of the Founding Board of El Paso’s Children's Advocacy Center. He has also served on various other boards including the Family Services of El Paso Board and the City's Foster Grandparent Board. Judge Gonzalez continues to serve as the Chairman of El Paso County's Civil E-File Committee.
Campus Gender Based Violence: Title IX Rights and Remedies for Survivors
Deep Dive Into the VAWA Amendments to the Clery Act and Intersection with Title IX
Presenter: Mollie Berkowitz
Mollie Berkowitz is a leading nationwide advocate for survivors of sexual violence on campus and expert in Title IX. Mollie is the co-chair of the Yale Law School Title IX Working Group, which works to ensure a fair process in Title IX proceedings and seeks to support survivors of sexual violence on campus. Mollie serves as a Title IX law clerk at the Fierberg National Law Group where she assists in representation of survivors of campus sexual assault at campuses across the country. Mollie also worked in a law firm where she helped to represent survivors of sexual violence in the workplace and in educational settings and at the New York State Office of the Attorney General. Mollie has worked with attorney Alexandra Brodsky, founder of Know Your IX, researching a broad array of issues relating to Title IX. Prior to law school, Mollie counseled hundreds of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault while working in a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center. She also ran domestic violence support groups in Michigan’s only women’s prison, where she supported over 200 incarcerated survivors of domestic violence. At Yale Law School, Mollie is an editor for the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. At Yale, Mollie researches issues relating to military sexual trauma and represents veterans with experiences of military sexual trauma.
Presentation: Legislative Changes and Overview of Forensic Exams
Presenter: Gloria Salazar
Gloria Salazar, RN, MSN, MA, LPC, CA-CP SANE
Gloria Salazar is manager of Trauma Education, Injury Prevention and SANE Program. Gloria has been a UMC employee since 1974 and a nurse since 1982. Salazar graduated from EPCC with an ADN in 1999, obtained a Master’s Degree in Psychology Counseling, and acquired her license for LPC in 2000. Gloria also graduated from Phoenix University in 2011 with a Master’s Degree in Nursing and a minor in Education. Gloria has coordinated several programs in the community, such as Shattered Dream Program, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), Rio Grande Safe Community (RGSC), Water Safety, and Car Seat Inspections and Installation. Gloria has advanced the SANE program in El Paso since 2006, and was selected by the Office of Attorney General to coordinate the first SANE training for nurses to become SANE certified for the Adult/Adolescent and Pediatric population in 2013. In 2017, Gloria was granted approval by the CEO of University Medical Center (UMC), J. Cintron, to coordinate and provide the first 24/7 (all ages) SANE Program in the region. Gloria has also developed a Crisis Intervention team at UMC and the community to provide debriefings and defusing to staff, families, and patients since 2000.
Presentation: Beyond Borders
Presenter: Anna Hey
Anna Hey is an immigration attorney and the Deputy Executive Director of Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services (DMRS). She was born and raised in El Paso, TX and is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant mother and U.S. Air Force veteran father. She has one adult son. Anna entered the legal field as a second career, attending law school in Oklahoma in her mid-30s. She was drawn to immigration work because of her mother. Her primary immigration background prior to DMRS was in the representation of immigrants in deportation proceedings in the private sector.
Presentation: Pathways to Campus Advocacy: Overcoming Ethical Concerns & Biases
Presenter: Rick Gipprich
Rick Gipprich, Jr.
Rick Gipprich, Jr. is the Director of Program Support and Campus Specialist for the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA). Prior to working at TAASA, Rick served as Deputy Director of Education & Development and Director of Prevention Education for The Rape Crisis Center in San Antonio. Rick started his career in the anti-sexual violence movement 19 years ago as a dedicated hospital advocate and hotline operator. Understanding the need and the importance of education, Rick eventually started working with neighborhoods, other nonprofits, professionals, and schools by engaging them in dialogue surrounding the prevalence of sexual violence in our community and the ways we can prevent it. In addition to training on issues related to sexual assault, Rick works daily to ensure that communities across Texas understand the impact of sexual violence and its effect on the people of our state.
Campus Advocacy Meeting
Co-Presenter: Rick Gipprich & Virginia Rueda
Virginia Rueda has over 25 years of experience working in human services. She worked over 5 years with the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence (CASFV) in El Paso, TX as a Coordinator of Services for Victims of Sexual Violence. In her position she advocated for survivors as well as led the sexual assault services in the agency. Ms. Rueda, besides supervising other advocates, she facilitated and assisted in developing support groups for survivors of sexual assault. In addition, Ms. Rueda has provided presentations and training both in Spanish and English on topics related to the dynamics of sexual assault. She currently is the Program Support Specialist with the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault. In her position, she collaborates and assists agencies across regions that provide services for survivors of sexual assault.
Presentation: Building an Effective and Robust Campus Advocacy Program
Panelists: Dixie Hairston, Arely Hernandez, Jennifer Sterling, and Bree Van Ness
Dixie Hairston, LMSW, is a Senior Research Coordinator at the Behavioral Health and Research program at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dixie has experience conducting sex and labor trafficking, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence research, particularly among adolescents and emerging adults. Previously, Dixie was a Research Project Manager at UT Austin Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA) where she coordinated the Texas statewide sex trafficking study, a research project funded by the Office of the Governor of Texas, Child Sex Trafficking Team, to provide empirically grounded data about the extent of human trafficking in Texas. She received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston with a Macro concentration and a specialization in Political Social Work. Dixie received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Texas Austin. She has experience in child sex trafficking prevention and intervention policy advocacy and policy analysis as well as case management with youth preparing to age out of the foster care system. Her professional interests include child sex trafficking prevention and intervention, policy advocacy within the social worker community, exploitation risk factors among youth in the foster care system and among youth with histories of running away and homelessness.
Arely Hernandez is the current Director and co-PI for the Campus Advocacy, Resources and Education (CARE) grant funded by the Office of the Governor’s, Public Safety Office Criminal Justice Division and department at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Arely oversees the violence prevention and intervention programs, Do One Thing Bystander Intervention initiative and the campus advocacy direct services program, which provide private and confidential support for students who are victims of crime. Prior to this position, Arely was a student conduct officer, where she investigated and adjudicated academic dishonesty and Title IX incidents. Arely is a primary leader of all components of advocacy, education, and support for the UTEP community. Her understanding of laws and policies connected to physical assault, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and harassment is extremely sound. Arely is known for her work in these areas, not just on the UTEP campus, but regionally as has represents UTEP at the University of Texas System level as well. Arely earned her Master’s Degree in Education Administration with a specialization in Leadership from UTEP and her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge in Health Education.
Jennifer Sterling is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with background experience in working with victims of violence and trauma in many capacities, including integrated victim services within a police department, community advocacy, and trauma-informed therapy practices. Her extensive program development experience has been an asset in the building of the Victims Services unit on campus within the University of Texas at Arlington Police Department. Jennifer also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Victim Services Association and as an instructor for the Texas Advanced Academy for Victim Services.
Bree M. Van Ness
For the past two and a half years, Bree Van Ness (she/her/hers) has served as the Advocate & Peer Advocacy Coordinator for Student Emergency Services in the Office of the Dean of Students at the University of Texas at Austin. In Bree’s current role, she provides private support to students impacted by interpersonal violence, as well as oversees a peer support program on-campus, Interpersonal Violence Peer Support (IVPS). Bree began her advocacy career in 2012 as a community-based advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, and then transitioned to advocacy within higher education in 2016.