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MN Advocates Helps to Organize and Presents at Central Minnesota Conference on Immigration and Domestic Violence
4/2/2004 12:00 AM

Panel Participants Melissa Gomez, Terry Uy and Lee LaDue
On April 1 and 2, 2004, the Twin Cities' Immigrant and Refugee Battered Women's Task Force (IRBWTF) and the St. Cloud State University Women's Center co-sponsored a conference on issues faced by battered immigrant and refugee women in Minnesota. The conference was held at the Newman Center at St. Cloud State University and featured presentations on immigration and family law, language access issues, public assistance, the child protection system, international
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kidnapping and the police response to domestic violence. In addition, advocates for battered immigrant women and the coordinator of sexual assault services at St. Cloud State University participated in a panel discussion about domestic violence, culture and community. 

The conference introduced government workers, advocates for battered women, university professors and attorneys to the barriers faced by battered immigrant and

Emily Good of MN Advocates Presents on Immigration Law
refugee women in accessing government and community services.  The Minnesota Advocates Women's Program will address these barriers in a report to be released later this year.  The report will document the experiences of battered immigrant and refugee women in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and provide recommendations for ways in which government and community services may be improved.

The Women's Program at Minnesota Advocates is a

Officer John Justin of the St. Cloud Police Department
member of the IRBWTF and assisted with organization of the conference. Emily Good, a staff attorney with the Refugee and Immigrant Program at Minnesota Advocates, spoke about immigration law at the conference.  Christine Tefft, a staff attorney with the Women's Program at Minnesota Advocates, presented on the subject of gender-based asylum. 

Special thanks to the following presenters and organizers: Gloria Fressia, Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project;

Katrina Zabinski of Centro Legal Presents on Child Protection Issues
Melissa Gomez, St. Paul Intervention Project; Officer John Justin, St. Cloud Police Department; Lee LaDue, St. Cloud State University Women's Center; Patricia Larson, Casa de Esperanza; Rolanda Mason and Laura Tripiciano, St. Cloud Area Legal Services; Lenore Millibergity, Immigrant Law Center; Teisha Orduno, Alexandra House; Abigail Turner, Minneapolis Legal Aid; Terry Uy, Asian Women United of Minnesota; and Katrina Zabinski, Centro Legal