WEBINARS

  • Upcoming Webinars
  • Archived Webinars
    • Recorded on
    • Thursday
    • June 6
    • 2:00pm-3:30pm ET

    Vulnerable and Underserved: Victim Advocacy for Incarcerated Deaf and Hard of Hearing Survivors

    This webinar will shine a light on the staggering challenges facing incarcerated survivors who are deaf or hard of hearing and strengthen advocates’ capacity to help them. Even though federal laws require accommodations for imprisoned deaf and disabled people, many deaf prisoners still live in a “prison within a prison.” Deaf and hard of hearing prisoners are deprived of sign language interpreters, videophones, and other resources that would ensure effective communication with staff and other inmates, as well as their families and attorneys. As a result, it can be virtually impossible for incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse who are deaf or hard of hearing to get help — making a report, speaking with a victim advocate and accessing needed medical and mental health care.

     

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    • Recorded on
    • Tuesday
    • May 28
    • 2:00pm-3:30pm ET

    Vulnerable and Underserved: Victim Advocacy for Incarcerated Survivors of Sexual Abuse Perpetrated by Women

    This webinar will examine the issue of women perpetrators of sexual abuse in detention — and give advocates the tools to help survivors of this abuse. Contrary to popular perception, sexual abuse in detention is often committed by women. Nationwide prisoner surveys have found that women are disproportionately represented among staff perpetrators of sexual abuse. In juvenile detention, a staggering 94 percent of survivors of staff sexual misconduct were abused by a woman. In addition, sexual abuse by prisoners is far more common in women’s facilities than in men’s. Recent data also suggest that sexual violence by women is likely substantially more prevalent in the community than previously understood. This webinar will explore the available information on the incidence and dynamics of sexual abuse in detention perpetrated by women. It will provide guidance for advocates on addressing the impact of this violence on survivors, including how to use the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards as a tool to ensure that abuse by women is investigated and taken seriously. Our guest presenter is an advocate who has provided individual in-person counseling for many incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse by women.

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    • Recorded on
    • Friday
    • May 10
    • 2:00-3:30pm ET

    Vulnerable and Underserved: Victim Advocacy for Incarcerated Survivors with Mental Illness

    This webinar will focus on a segment of the U.S. prison population that has grown exponentially in recent decades — people with mental illness. About half of all people in jails and prisons suffer from mental illness, and only a small fraction of them receive the treatment they need. Worse still, corrections officials often fail to ensure their safety. This webinar will look at the high rates of sexual abuse this population experiences, and the challenges that they face in accessing trauma-informed assistance. Additionally, presenters will highlight how to use the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards as a tool to advocate for prisoners with mental illness. A licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in jail and juvenile detention systems will provide practical guidance on how to serve incarcerated survivors with mental illness, including managing confidentiality and obtaining clinical support from the facility’s mental health staff.

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    • Recorded on
    • Thursday
    • June 13
    • 2:00pm-3:30pm ET

    Vulnerable and Underserved: Victim Advocacy for Incarcerated Survivors with Disabilities

    This webinar will strengthen advocates’ capacity to provide services for an often overlooked population — prisoners with disabilities. People with disabilities make up a significant portion of the nation’s incarcerated population and, sadly, are among the most vulnerable to sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Although federal laws require accommodations for incarcerated people with disabilities, many facilities neglect to provide adaptive equipment and do not make modifications that are essential for mobility and communication. These failures contribute to the lack of safety for prisoners with disabilities. The webinar will look at the kinds of disabilities that are common among people in custody. In addition, it will offer guidance on victim services provision for this population, including the use of the PREA standards as a systems advocacy tool. The webinar will feature JDI’s Mental Health Program Director, who has provided counseling for many incarcerated survivors, and is a widely recognized advocate and ambassador for the disability community.

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    • Recorded on
    • Tuesday
    • April 9
    • 2:00pm-3:30pm ET

    Vulnerable and Underserved: Victim Advocacy for Incarcerated Male Survivors of Color

    This webinar will increase advocates’ awareness of the high rates of prior trauma among incarcerated men and boys of color, and the barriers they face in accessing culturally sensitive support services. Guest presenters include a victim advocate who has provided group and individual counseling for hundreds of incarcerated male survivors of color. The webinar will explore how the experiences and needs of incarcerated male survivors of color differ due to their identity and custody status. People attending the webinar will also develop skills to support and advocate for the safety of these survivors using the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards as a tool. This is the first in a six-part series of webinars on providing services for especially vulnerable and underserved incarcerated populations, including LGBT survivors, Deaf and hard of hearing survivors, survivors with disabilities, survivors of sexual abuse perpetrated by women, and survivors with mental illness.

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