Towards Thriving Cover

April 20, 2017

During the last few months, local and national press stories have generated significant public conversation about bias, harassment, and violence in Idaho schools and communities – most recently national press surrounding the violent assault of a black high school student with a disability in Dietrich, Idaho. There has also been in increase in calls to the Idaho Coalition and other state-level advocacy organizations on discrimination, hate and violence in our schools and communities based on gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, and other identities.

Soon after the election, the Southern Poverty Law Center Tolerance project administered an online survey to K–12 educators from across the country. Over 10,000 teachers, counselors, administrators, and others who work in schools have responded. The survey found:

  • Eight in 10 report heightened anxiety on the part of marginalized students, including immigrants, Muslims, African Americans and LGBT students.
  • Four in 10 have heard derogatory language directed at students of color, Muslims, immigrants and people based on gender or sexual orientation.
  • Although two-thirds report that administrators have been “responsive,” four out of 10 don’t think their schools have action plans to respond to incidents of hate and bias.
  • Over 2,500 educators described specific incidents of bigotry and harassment that can be directly traced to national rhetoric. These incidents include graffiti (including swastikas), assaults on students and teachers, property damage, fights and threats of violence.

From last week’s Idaho Prevention Conference to the upcoming regional Community Conversation on discrimination, hate and violence in our schools and communities – there is growing awareness of the need to create new social norms to interrupt domination and violence.

Next week’s Community Conversation on April 25th in Boise, is the first of several regional conversations for community members to share the direct or indirect impact of discrimination, hate, and violence in Idaho. These conversations are sponsored by the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities, Idaho State Independent Living Council, DisAbility Rights Idaho, Idaho Parents Unlimited, Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health and the ACLU of Idaho. Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb and Representative Melissa Wintrow will facilitate the first forum on Tuesday, April 25th from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove Street in Boise. We are collecting stories about the personal impact of bullying and harassment as well as stories of resilience and community support. The stories will be shared with governmental and community stakeholders as they work toward identifying ways to ensure that all our schools and communities are safe and value everyone. Similar events will be held across the state. Please take a moment to share stories of violence in your communities and any recommended solutions. Click here to be part of the solution.

We have been in conversations with Idaho’s Office of the Attorney General and the State Department of Education to support efforts to come together to create meaningful solutions. Attorney General. Wasden has pledged to work with us on identifying solutions.

We Choose All of Us,


Enhanced Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Advocates and our agencies play an important role in improving immigrant survivors’ options for safety. The more we know, the more we can further empower survivors. Having a background and familiarity with client rights and resources can speed up the process of documenting the history of abuse and filing an immigration case, and protect their confidentiality. Navigating the Immigration system just got even more complicated with new Executive Orders and changes in interior enforcement and enforcement priorities. Just as we want survivors to feel supported on their path, advocates deserve support as well! Thankfully there are resources available to help survivors know their rights and enhance their safety. An Advocate’s Guide to Immigrant Survivors’ Rights and Protections can be found at Numerous other helpful tools are found there as well.

Working with immigrant survivors? Let them know they can carry this card with them at all times to help them protect their rights:

Agencies play an important role in safety planning as well. Here are some best practices:

  • Rely on federal and state confidentiality obligations to not provide information
  • Understand the difference between Department of Homeland Security issue warrant versus a Court issues warrant, which needs to be signed by a judge
  • Implement internal protocols to respond well to clients at risk of detention and removal, including authorizing release of portions of her file to help document abuse
  • Provide survivors with a business card with your direct number
  • Train all staff on handling ICE calls
  • Keep positive client information on file as well

Check out more resources that help empower survivors with the knowledge to protect their rights and enhance their safety. You can find PowerPoint presentations and materials that address recent changes, and how to work with survivors here:

Contact the Idaho Coalition for links to additional resources!

Survey on Impact of Policy Changes Immigrant Survivors

Many community and tribal domestic and sexual violence programs have had a sharp decline in immigrant survivors of abuse or rape seeking services. In response to concerns about safety for survivors, NNEDV, Casa de Esperanza, API-GBV, Tahirih Justice Center, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence and the National Domestic Violence Hotline developed a survey for advocates and attorneys to help us better understand the impact of recent changes in immigration policy on survivors. We hope to be able to use the data to inform our policy work and media responses. Please forward the survey far and wide. The survey will close on Tuesday, April 25th. The survey can be accessed here:

A CALL TO MEN: Developing Men of Character & Promoting Healthy, Respectful Manhood

A CALL TO MEN logoA CALL TO MEN, Boise State University and the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence will host a FREE educational workshop where community members are empowered to build young men of character, to promote healthy, respectful manhood, and to decrease violence and discrimination against women and girls.

This workshop is modeled on the Healthy, Respectful Manhood / Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Prevention Training that A CALL TO MEN provides to the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), US Military and major colleges and universities across the country. A recent Washington Post article reported a 40 percent reduction in arrests in the NFL last year. NFL executives attribute that to “education programs put in place over the past few years.”

TONY PORTER, CEO of A CALL TO MEN and an international leader on manhood, male socialization and its intersection with violence, and preventing violence against all women and girls, will be the lead facilitator of the workshop.

Other speakers include:

  • Curt Apsey, Boise State University, Athletic Director
  • Jeff Matsushita, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence

This training is designed for human service providers, law enforcement, coaches, athletic directors, educators, school administrators, mentors, fathers, faith leaders, youth workers or any concerned man. Attendees will be educated on and given A CALL TO MEN’s proprietary LIVERESPECT Coaching Healthy, Respectful Manhood Curriculum. It promotes healthy, respectful manhood; decreases language and actions that degrade women, girls and other marginalized groups; challenges harmful cultural and social norms; and decreases instances of bullying and homophobia.

To register for the A CALL TO MEN workshop on May 12th, please click here. Lunch will be provided for the first 200 registered participants. For more information, please contact Jeff Matsushita.

Promoting Resiliency Infographic

Almost 30 million American children will be exposed to family violence by the time they’re 17 years old.

Kids who are exposed to violence are affected in different ways, and not all are traumatized or permanently harmed. Protective factors can promote resiliency, help children heal, and support prevention efforts. Research indicates that the most important protective factor in helping children heal from the experience of a consistent, supportive, and loving adult—most often their mother.

This infographic explores this, and additional factors, that promote healing and resiliency in children.

Print this poster or request a professional print-ready version here.

Training & Events

Sexual Assault & Survivors with Disabilities: A Webinar to Raise Awareness, Share Resources, and Highlight Best Practices
Monday, April 24, 2017
9:30am MT | 8:30am PT

People with disabilities experience sexual violence at rates more than three times higher than people without disabilities (BJS, 2016)[1], yet national conversations around sexual assault often fail to meaningfully include survivors with disabilities. In recognition of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living (ACL), are pleased to co-host a webinar for domestic and sexual violence service providers and community-based programs serving persons with disabilities, to: raise awareness of the prevalence of sexual violence among the populations we serve; highlight strong examples from the field; and share resources for further engagement and training to better support survivors with disabilities who have experienced sexual assault.

Register here

“Building Strong Sexual Assault Services in Dual Agencies” Webinar
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
10:00 AM MST | 9:00 AM PST.

This webinar opportunity focused on organization structures, staff trainings and community partnerships that meet the unique needs of sexual violence survivors. We will discuss the ten components of high-quality sexual assault service in dual/multi-service advocacy agencies.

Please share this invitation to your advocacy staff and join us for this vital discussion.

Register here

Domestic Violence Safety Issues When Meth is Present Webinar
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM MDT | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PST

Methamphetamine has been identified as one of the largest threats to public safety in Indian Country. Tribal sources have attributed it to higher rates of domestic violence, assaults, burglaries, and child abuse and neglect on reservations and in tribal communities. 74% of tribal police forces rank meth as the greatest drug threat to their communities; 40-50% of violent crime cases investigated by the FBI in Indian country involve meth in some capacity; and 64% of tribal police indicate an increase in domestic violence and assault/battery. The complex nature of criminal jurisdiction on Indian reservations, along with historically under funded and understaffed health care, treatment facilities and law enforcement have resulted in major challenges for tribes to address this problem.

Please join this important webinar panel presentation to learn more about meth; its’ impact on domestic violence programs and shelters; what larger environmental and public safety concerns come into play; and what tribes are doing to meet this challenge.

Facilitated by Gwendolyn Packard, Training & Technical Assistance Specialist, NIWRC; Walter Lamar, President, Lamar Associates; and Lorene Thomas, DV/SA Director, Otokahe Teca Tipi

Register here

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Visit the online store to view current Idaho Coalition materials available for order. For store questions, please contact Lacey Sinn.

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