Advocates for victims of domestic violence kicked off the 11th Annual TRLA Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cross-Training in San Antonio today. The kickoff marks the start of the three day conference that brings together legal aid attorneys and staff from Texas domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers to collaborate on the best practices for helping save the lives of victims of domestic violence.
The advocates were joined at the kickoff by Representative Joaquin Castro of San Antonio. Representative Castro delivered the cross-training’s opening address and highlighted the importance of helping victims and their families build new lives and emerge from tragedy.
Throughout the conference, attendees will discuss new laws that emerged from the last legislative session and topics such as protective orders, employment law, and the rights of homeless victims. The conference will conclude on Friday with the presentation of the annual Private Attorney Involvement Awards to private attorneys who have devoted their time to helping victims of domestic violence. At the closing TRLA will also be presented with the Mary Byron Celebrating Solutions Award, a prestigious national award aimed at recognizing pioneering efforts aimed at breaking the cycle of domestic violence.
The conference is being hosting this year thanks to the support of the following sponsors: Coastal Bend Community Foundation, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women, Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, Travis County Women Lawyer’s Foundation, Bexar County Women’s Bar, San Antonio Bar Foundation, Mary Byron Foundation, and the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault.