Webinar: Engaging La comunidad Latina in the primary prevention of sexual violence

10/28/2011 - 1:00pm
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Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA)
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This webinar will explore ways of engaging and organizing Latina and migrant farm worker communities in sexual violence prevention work. The session will based upon lessons learned through the work of Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault (MESA). Participants will learn about best practices for including diverse Latina communities in their efforts during lean times. MESA is a statewide sexual violence prevention program housed at Purdue University that focuses on reaching and organizing under-served communities in sexual violence prevention. MESA uses an arts-based popular education approach to promote healthy relationships and help communities move forward in preventing sexual violence.

Facilitated by Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez, MSW, Director and Founder of Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault(MESA) at Purdue University is a prevention practitioner and has been an advocate for Latina and migrant farm worker communities for over 20 years. Ms. Nicoletti-Martinez has helped in the research and development of sexual violence prevention resources for underserved communities. Kimber who brings a high level of energy and enthusiasm to her work has a positive attitude and is skilled at using an arts-based approach to engage and empower communities. Her experiences as a survivor and a bilingual therapist working with victims provide her with insight into barriers and challenges in providing culturally-relevant services. Kimber created Mujeres del Movimiento, a national resource and support group for Latina women who work in violence prevention. Ms. Nicoletti has worked as a consultant with many organizations including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, OVW, Praxis International, National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Southern Poverty Law Center, California Rural Legal Assistance and the U.S. Department of Army.

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