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July 31, 2019

Article credit: Idaho Press | Jul 30, 2019

Harbor HouseBOISE — The Idaho Anti-Trafficking Coalition is poised to open a new facility aimed at providing emergency housing for adult victims of human trafficking.

The facility, called Harbor House, will open as soon as the organization finds a live-in residential assistant, according to Jennifer Zielinski, the coalition’s director.

The house will provide an immediate place to live for adults who are fleeing human trafficking situations. It will be able to house six to eight people at a time, according to Zielinski.

Harbor House’s opening came in response to the types of victims the organization is encountering. Zielinski said the coalition is working with as many as four or five new victims every week.

“Our No. 1 priority need is emergency housing for adult victims,” she said.

Harbor House is the latest development from the Idaho Anti-Trafficking Coalition, which recently received grant funding from the Victims of Crime Act. Zielinski said the organization has added seven new staff members and moved into a bigger office space. Roughly two months ago, it also opened the Solace House Outpatient Clinic in Eagle, a full trauma clinic designed to provide counseling services and case management to those escaping trafficking.

“Once emergency needs are met, other needs that present themselves in the short-term are identified and accessed through our amazing community partnerships, and include, but (are) not limited to, substance use treatment, legal assistance, safer community services and supports and, if possible and safe, (reunification) with family members,” Zielinski wrote in a message to the Idaho Press.

Harbor House is designed to be an emergency solution, but Zielinski said she hopes the organization will have a long-term safe house for adults open by November.

A long-term safe house for child victims of human trafficking — those ages 11 to 17 — is still in the works. It’s called Solace House, and about a year ago Zielinski speculated it would open in the latter half of 2018, although that has not happened yet, she confirmed.

Tommy Simmons is the Ada County public safety reporter for the Idaho Press. Follow him on Twitter @tsimmonsipt

Article written by TOMMY SIMMONS | Idaho Press |

Thank you: Advocate as Change Agent Training

Advocates as Change Agents photoWe want to send gratitude and deep appreciation to Ruby White Starr, Neena McConnico, and Nivea Castaneda for helping us plan & implement Advocate as Change Agent Training in Coeur d’Alene and in Boise.

The culturally-adapted training was six modules in duration and specific for advocates who work with parents and children affected by intimate partner violence.

As a result of the training, advocates were be able to:

  • Apply principles of reflective practice to their work and promote self care
  • Identify the connection between exposure to Intimate Partner Violence and healthy child development
  • Explain how a child’s healthy development & relationships other can promote resilience.
  • Identify the elements of caring environments that foster positive communication between children & parents
  • Gain skills in identifying and managing a child’s trauma-related behaviors
  • Incorporate cultural sensitivity as a means of promoting child & family resilience
  • Promote parenting skills, competence, & self-care.

Reminder | Revised Civil Protection Order PETITION — Effective July 1, 2019

Revised Petition Available for Civil Protection Orders effective July 1, 2019.

Senate Bill 1117 revised Idaho Code §§ 18-7907 and 18-7908 related to civil protection orders. The revised law eliminated the reference to the malicious harassment and telephone harassment criminal statutes as definitions for a basis to file a civil protection order. There were no changes to petitions filed based on stalking. Language was added to specify that harassment must be based on a protected class: race, color, religion, ancestry, or national origin; and that telephone threats to inflict injury or physical harm must be made with the intent to terrify, threaten, or intimidate.

The Sworn Petition for Protection Order was revised to match the change in statutory language. Additional changes were made throughout the Petition and Orders to eliminate unnecessary language; make language more consistent with statute and throughout the Petition and Orders; and explanatory language was added to eliminate misunderstandings. The Idaho Supreme Court has approved these revised uniform civil protection order forms and orders that shall be used by all of the courts of the State of Idaho. The new versions go into effect July 1, 2019 to coincide with the revised law. Please delete all previous versions of the Petition.

Forms used by the public are warehoused on the Supreme Court’s Court Assistance Office website: Idaho Guide and File, a guided questionnaire/interview process, is also available on this website to assist petitioner in completing the court paperwork.

[The revised PETITION can be found here] in both a Word document and fillable PDF format […] to have available for petitioners. All other forms for filing (Law Enforcement Service Information Sheet and the Family Law Case Information Sheet) remain the same.

Below is the website link to the Supreme Court Order approving the revised forms and orders:

Revised Petition [may be used beginning] July 1, 2019.

If you have questions please contact Amber Moe at or 208-947-7451.

Amber Moe, LCPC
Statewide Domestic Violence Court Manager
Administrative Office of the Courts | Idaho Supreme Court
Office 208.947.7451|

Protective Factors of Survivors of Domestic Violence

FWV-QIC-Protective-Factors-Brief-cover-imageA new Publication, titled Protective Factors of Protective Factors for Survivors of Domestic Violence (DV), developed by the Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare, and is now available! This brief provides guidance for child welfare, domestic violence programs that serve both survivors and offenders, courts, and other collaborative partners about building protective factors that studies show lessen the impact of DV on both child and adult survivors and promote their safety, healing, and well-being.

Training & Events

National Latin@ Network | How do you Build Survivor Centered Spaces for LGBTQ++ People of Color?
Thursday, August 15th | 1 – 2:30 p.m. EST | Webinar

This webinar will teach you basics on working with LGBTQ++ survivors of color and how to make your organization welcoming and supporting for them. We will review broad concepts as well as specific policy and practice changes.

During the webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the differences between gender, sexual orientation, and sex.
  • Begin to understand the impact of privilege & oppression on LGBTQ++ survivor’s safety and access to services.
  • Understand what survivor leadership is and how your organization can begin to nourish it in your organization
  • Identify strengths and places of growth when working with LGBTQ++ survivors of color
    Understand what policies and procedures can hinder the experiences of LGBTQ++ survivors of color in your organization
    • Register here.

      Intermountain Fair Housing Council | Statewide Training Events

      Fair Housing Training | Moscow, ID
      Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:30am-4:30pm
      Moscow, Idaho
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      Fair Housing Training | Lewiston, ID
      Thursday, September 19, 2019 8:30am-4:30pm
      Lewiston, Idaho
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      Fair Housing Training | Coeur d’ Alene, ID
      Fall Date To Be Determined
      Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
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      Community Members, Housing Providers, Advocates, Government Personnel, and Attorneys encouraged to attend.

      Idaho Coalition Store Materials

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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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