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Tuesday March 25, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM PDT
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YWCA of Spokane - Alternatives to Domestic Violenc 
930 N Monroe St
Spokane, WA 98201

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Paola Morinigo 
360-586-1022 x307 

Spokane Legal Advocate Get-Together

LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence experience unique obstacles within the civil legal system. Many LGBTQ individuals and families have experienced discrimination, mistreatment, and violence within the legal system or when seeking legal remedies. Keeping up with the ever-changing terrain of LGBTQ family law can be daunting for LGBTQ survivors and advocates alike. 

Join trainers Kristin Tucker (senior program manager at the Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse) and David Ward (legal and legislative counsel counsel at Legal Voice). Topics to be addressed include:
  • Recent changes in the law related to LGBT relationship recognition and dissolution, child custody, and immigration;
  • Techniques and tools for advocates around asking culturally meaningful questions and identifying issues that survivors may need help with;
  • Using local resources and identifying potential legal supports;
  • And considerations for policy and practice changes in serving LGBTQ survivors.

NW (Northwest) Network Kristin Tucker is the Senior Program Manager & Coordinator of the National Training and Technical Assistance Program at the Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse, where she has worked supporting LGBTQ survivors of abuse since 2002. Founded in 1987 by lesbian survivors of domestic violence, the Northwest Network is considered a national leader in the field of violence and abuse in the LGBTQ communities. Kristin brings over 15 years of experience as a community organizer, advocate, and educator in areas as diverse as domestic & sexual violence, LGBTQ issues, chemical dependency, and racial and economic justice to her current role at the Northwest Network, where she provides support, training, and technical assistance to mainstream domestic & sexual violence service providers across the US. In addition to her work as a national trainer, Kristin also brings over 10 years of experience supporting staff in doing intensive advocacy work with survivors of trauma and violence.

David Ward is legal and legislative counsel at Legal Voice (formerly known as the Northwest Women’s Law Center). His areas of responsibility include LGBT issues, family law, and gender violence. He also currently serves on the board of the QLaw Foundation and as a member of the Washington Supreme Court’s Gender and Justice Commission. Before joining Legal Voice, David served as the legislative liaison for the Washington State Bar Association. He also worked as an associate at Heller Ehrman LLP, as a staff attorney at the Access to Justice Institute at Seattle University School of Law, and as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman and U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Alice Theiler. During law school, he served as an intern at Lambda Legal in New York. David is a graduate of Yale Law School and Trinity University.


  • 1 free registration per DVLA-funded program or WSCADV member program
  • $75 for additional registrants from DVLA-funded programs or WSCADV member programs
  • $125 for non-members

Date and Time:

  • Tuesday March 25, 2014
  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (check-in starts at 9:30 a.m.)

Registration deadline is March 17.

Deadline to request interpreters is March 3.

Coffee and tea will be provided in the morning, and lunch will be served at noon. Meals and refreshments are free; donations to cover lunch costs are always welcome.

We have not made arrangements for lodging; participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation.

Please note:

Registration is based on email addresses, so each registrant must have their own email address (you cannot use the same email address for more than one person).

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