Civil Rights Training and Other Federal Obligations
Civil Rights Training Opportunities Overview
All federal grant recipients are required to be knowledgeable of and in compliance with laws that are connected to funding awards.
The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) is requiring grantees to increase their cultural knowledge and implement policies related to the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) community. In addition, the 2012 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) included compliance language regarding anti-discrimination policies and efforts, particularly as it applies to LGBTQ service recipients.
To that end, the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (WCADVSA) and the Division of Victim Services (DVS) are coordinating efforts to ensure overall compliance and accessible and inclusive advocacy services. The WCADVSA and DVS have developed a multi-pronged approach to accomplish this.
The DVS requires that program advocates complete a civil rights compliance training once during the State funding biennium. The current biennium dates are July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016. In coordination with the DVS, the WCADVSA will offer a civil rights compliance overview training annually. Our training will fulfill the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) requirement and can replace the OCR online training.
In addition, and in coordination with the DVS, the WCADVSA will annually provide further technical assistance and training on a specific federally protected class. The focus area that has been identified for this year is the LGBTQ community.
The civil rights compliance overview training and the focused protected class trainings are necessary components to ensure OCR compliance.
As a part of this year’s training plan, the WCADVSA and DVS are offering webinar training opportunities that will meet the OCR training requirements and help build knowledge around LGBTQ accessibility and inclusion.
Each member of your staff is required to have civil rights training certification. To certify that each staff member has completed the training(s), each individual will need to register separately for the webinars. The WCADVSA will issue training completion certificates to individuals that registered and participated in the webinar trainings.
While everyone has to register separately, we highly encourage you and your staff to participate in the webinar as a team using one computer and/or TV.
LGBTQ Accessibility and Inclusion Webinar
Trainer: Chai Jindasurat, Interim Co-Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy, National Coalition Against Anti-Violence Programs
Training Objectives: Recent changes in policy and legislation for domestic services have created new protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) survivors of violence. This webinar will discuss how organizations can increase access and inclusion for LGBTQ survivors by assessing their own organizations and identifying action steps to be LGBTQ inclusive. Sample policies and protocols will be provided to highlight examples of possible scenarios domestic and sexual violence programs may encounter serving LGBTQ survivors, as well as recommendations for how to engage and reach out to LGBTQ communities.