OVW Grant Updates!
Work with our OVW grant partners is moving forward! In the past couple months I’ve led multiple workshops with Migrant Justice, WomenSafe and Voices Against Violence to help deepen their understanding of LGBTQ+ identities and strengthen their skills in working with LGBTQ+ individuals and survivors. More workshops to come! Each organization (also including HOPE Works) will receive a series of individualized trainings from SafeSpace as well as technical assistance in making their programs and services more affirming and inclusive for LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence.
Each organization in our partnership has unique experience and expertise to bring to the table and we’re working together to fill in the gaps in each others’ knowledge and capabilities. Migrant Justice is opening our eyes to the realities of migrant farmworkers on dairy farms here in Vermont (read more: migrantjustice.net), and we’re learning more about the isolation, the fear and the many barriers that stand in the way of farmworkers accessing support. We’ll continue doing cross-trainings between all our partner orgs to share information and skills around working with undocumented, Latin American, migrant farmworker and LGBTQ+ survivors.
This past weekend I was able to attend Migrant Justice’s Torneo de Futbol (soccer tournament), where migrant farmworkers and allies from around the state came together to play hard, eat delicious food and have fun. I talked with some folks about our grant and the work we’re doing to strengthen the support network for migrant farmworkers who have experienced sexual and/or domestic violence, and passed out papers about consentimiento (consent), violencia/abuso (violence/abuse), identidades LGBTQ+ (LGBTQ+ identities) and recursos (resources: PCVT/SafeSpace, Migrant Justice, WomenSafe, HOPE Works and Voices Against Violence). The folks at Migrant Justice were super-helpful in translating and editing the handouts, and as all of our work is continually evolving I’m sure the handouts will also evolve with more input from migrant farmworkers and grant partners.
I feel so honored to get to work on this project and to do so in a collaborative and continually-learning way. Together we’re putting the pieces in place and figuring out best ways forward. I’m excited to see what we create together. Si se puede!
- Julia Berberan, SafeSpace Coordinator