After the Webinar: Working with Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Abuse. Q&A with the Presenters

Webinar presenters Ruby Barraza and Victoria Riechers answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Working with Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Abuse.  Here are just a few of their responses.


Audience Question: What was the name of the videos that you played? And if I remember right, was it not on YouTube? Adrian and Diana were both wanting to know how they could find that video. 

Victoria Riechers: The video we watched was a news clip about “Rape on the Night Shift”.  Rape on the Night Shift is a documentary that PBS did a few years back and the video clip was a summary of what’s in that documentary. I’d also encourage you to check out the full-length documentary as well, which is on PBS.


Audience Question: How do you suggest doing this work, supporting our victims, etc. in the remote environment we’re all working in? What are the best decisions for doing remote work with our survivors? 

Ruby Barraza: That is an excellent question. It’s tough to say exactly. We know that technology literacy will vary from person to person, age to age.  Everyone is going to be very different. Access to technology is going to differ too, people often, don’t have the means to purchase tablets and laptops to be able to do remote advocacy So it’s really on us as advocates to be creative and gauge how well survivors are interacting with tech. I’ve heard of several community organizations, peers, and advocates that we work with doing a WhatsApp group chat. Some of them have gotten creative in doing FaceTime calls with their survivors and teaching them how to use those tools but, it’s going to really depend on technology literacy level, how comfortable they are, and safety concerns. Because not all people have left their relationship, or, might be still living with the person hurting them. So, it’s important we consider how we are having remote interactions, and that we make sure it’s a safe space to do it in.


Click Here to Watch a Recording of Working with Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Abuse. 


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