Community Chat -Unique Challenges Communities of Color Experience in DV/IPV Cases

Please join us for a conversation facilitated by Loretta Frederick to discuss with local experts the specific issues and challenges faced by community members of color when experiencing Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence. We know the pandemic has created more challenges for people experiencing domestic abuse and that, combined with the effects of systemic racism, make people experiencing Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence face unique challenges to become safe. Attorneys, mental health providers, alternative dispute resolution providers and judicial officers can better meet their clients’/patients’ needs by gaining insights into these struggles.

As part of our on-going Community Chat series on September 4 we will be joined  by Loretta Frederick, Thi Synavone, and Maret Banks.

Loretta M. Frederick, J.D. :Senior Legal Policy Advisor at the Battered Women’s Justice Senior Legal and Policy Advisor of the Battered Women’s Justice Project, a national resource center on the legal system’s response to civil and criminal domestic violence cases. Loretta is a member of the AFCC and frequent speaker in Minnesota and at AFCC’s national conferences. She is another Minnesota AFCC member who regularly impacts family law around the world. Since 1978 when she began her legal services family law practice at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services in Winona, she has been doing consulting and teaching with and for judges, advocates, attorneys, prosecutors and law enforcement officers on domestic violence legal issues both in the U.S and internationally. Loretta serves as faculty for the National Judicial Institutes on Domestic Violence and was a consultant for the U.S. Marine Corps on the development of its response to domestic violence. Her work with the Minnesota State Bar Association includes her current role as Chair of the Domestic Abuse Committee as well as a past term as Chair of the Family Law Section.

Thi Synavone: Director of Organizational and Staff Development
Thi Synavone has worked in the Domestic and Sexual Violence Field for over 20 years. Thi brings to Standpoint extensive knowledge and experience around providing advocacy to survivors, management of special programs, coordination of events to promote awareness about DV and SV, and facilitation of trainings on varying topics as it relates to DV and SV survivors, in particular topics focusing on victimization of immigrant and refugee populations. Thi graduated from the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s (CALCASA) Leadership Education and Advancement for Professionals (LEAP) in 2015 and has continued to train nationally about Leadership Development for Women of Color. Thi is a graduate from Augsburg College with a dual major in Political Science and Communications and also has a Master’s in Public and Nonprofit Administration from Metropolitan State University.

Maret Banks:Underserved Populations Support Advocate. Maret has worked in the domestic and sexual violence field since 2012. Maret joined Standpoint in August of 2018. Maret has worked in youth mentorship, GLBTQIA2S+ policy and field development, mental health support and advocacy, suicide prevention, and crisis intervention for families experiencing domestic violence. As the Underserved Populations Support Advocate, Maret communicates with various communities throughout Minnesota to develop an outreach program that will incorporate the cultural needs of every community into legal advocacy for domestic violence and sexual assault. Maret is a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. They have received their Bachelors of Science in Clinical Psychology, Gender Studies, and Human Services. They are currently attending Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for their Master’s Degree in Health and Human Services, where they are working to attain their licensure in Drug and Alcohol Counseling and Clinical Counseling. Their pronouns are She/Her/They/Them.