Advocates Come Together for 14th Annual Shelter Conference

Domestic violence survivor Yesica (right) thanks TRLA attorney Maricarmen Garza for helping her leave her abuser.

Last week week legal aid attorneys joined with advocates from Texas domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers for the 14th Annual Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Cross-Training Conference in San Antonio.

The advocates were welcomed to San Antonio by TRLA Executive Director David Hall and conference director Maricarmen Garza. Throughout the conference advocates heard presentations from state experts on issues including legislative advocacy, public housing, international child abduction, consumer advocacy, child support, and working with Child Protective Services.

The conference concluded with a closing luncheon where advocates go to hear from Yesica, a former client of TRLA and SafePlace who left her abuser and continues to rebuild her life with the help of legal aid and shelter advocates.  Twelve pro bono attorneys were also honored for their commitment to helping victims of violence with their legal needs.

This year’s conference was produced with special thanks to the Coastal Bend Community Foundation, Office of the Governor — Criminal Justice Division, Texas Access to Justice Fund, and the Travis County Women Lawyers Foundation.

Photos of the conference can be viewed on TRLA’s facebook page.


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