New Laws 2017 Registration is now Open!

Hello Advocates and Allies!

It is that time of year-It's time for NEW LAWS 2017, and registration is now open!

We have great line-up of updates and information for you this year. Topics this year include Immigration, LGBTQ Inclusion, Gender Inequalities within the Hmong Culture, and many more! Trainers joining Standpoint at each location will be Eva Wood of OutFront Minnesota, Rachel Kohler, Lindsay Brice, ChaMee Vue, and Rana Alexander of Standpoint. 

This is a two-day training held in six different locations throughout the state of Minnesota and is designed to meet the needs of those who serve victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and trafficking such as advocates, lawyers, law enforcement, and corrections. The intent is to give service providers information that will support them in their service to this demographic. POST and CLE credits will be applied for.

 

THIEF RIVER FALLS  - August 17-18, 2017

PRESTON - August 24-25, 2017

GRANITE FALLS - September 7-8, 2017  

STAPLES - September 21-22, 2017

DULUTH - September 28-29, 2017

METRO - SHAKOPEE  - October 2-3, 2017

 

If you have questions  at all please feel free to call our office at 612-343-9842 or send an email to Thi@standpointmn.org

 

We hope to see you all there,

Thi S.

Interim Advocate Support Program Manager

Standpoint  

Job Opening at Standpoint!

Job Description
Advocacy Support Program Manager

Standpoint has a unique opportunity for a motivated and resourceful advocate.  Preference will be given to candidate submissions received by 6/23/17, but the position will remain open until filled.

Background: Standpoint (formerly the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project) is the premiere legal resource for domestic and sexual violence victims/survivors, as well as those who work with survivors including advocates, attorneys and other system professionals. Standpoint provides direct representation and legal information to survivors of violence. Standpoint also provides extensive training, litigation support and expert legal support to those working with victims of domestic and sexual violence across the state of Minnesota.  Standpoint exists to promote justice for, and to respond effectively to the constantly evolving legal needs of domestic and sexual violence victims.

Job Description & Responsibilities: Standpoint’s legal advocates provide advocacy over the phone to victims of domestic and sexual violence and their advocates from DV/SA organizations in Minnesota. This advocate has strong interviewing skills and experience in crisis intervention.  Knowledge of and experience in providing direct services as a legal advocate within criminal and civil court and Minnesota law are crucial to providing advocates support they are needing when they call in for help with their clients. This advocate also assists with planning, organizing and implementing Standpoint’s New Laws trainings each year in with Executive Director and staff attorneys.

Major Responsibilities:
Manage, develop and implement Agency programs that improve the capacity of legal advocates working in community organizations throughout Minnesota.
●    Maintain Legal Advocates List-Serve and respond to advocate inquiries
●    Survey Minnesota legal advocates annually on emerging issues and trends
●    Organize, attend and facilitate meetings of legal advocates in the field
●    Develop training and technical assistance resources in response to advocate needs
●    Provide on-site technical assistance as necessary

Take the lead in the development and implementation of Standpoint’s annual New Laws training program
●    Develop training materials based on self-defined needs of advocates
●    Manage logistics of New Laws training sites and host programs
●    Participate as a trainer in each session of New Laws annually (6 sessions)
●    Coordinate with other staff, and assist in the development of other materials as needed

Serve as an expert resource on the legal needs of domestic and sexual violence victims in Minnesota
●    Represent the Agency and the needs of advocates on collaborative teams
●    Respond to requests for community education on the legal needs of domestic and sexual violence victims
●    Organize community or collaborative efforts that engage advocates and domestic and sexual violence victims in improving the legal system’s response to domestic and sexual violence
●    Answer legal and resource questions from callers to Standpoint’s toll-free hotline
●    Maintain the necessary level of expertise in Minnesota law to be an effective resource

Other duties as required, including supervision of Program or Project employees, interns and volunteers.

Qualifications:
●    Demonstrated knowledge of and expertise in the root causes of violence against women and the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence required.
●    At least 5 years of experience providing legal advocacy to domestic and sexual violence victims required. (Preferably in Minnesota) (Unpaid and non-traditional work experience will be considered equivalent to paid employment.)
●    At least three years of experience organizing, working with or advocating on behalf of underrepresented women, including rural women
●    Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including experience in training and public speaking
●    At least one year of experience in program or project development and implementation
●    Computer literacy
●    Applications from members of underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged, including but not limited to: people of color, LGBTQIA, veterans, immigrants and people with disabilities.

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Salary is $40,000 a year. Health and dental insurance available. Generous vacation, sick and holiday policy.

To apply interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to:

Standpoint
ATTN:  Hiring Committee
1611 Park Ave. South, Suite # 2
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Info@standpointmn.org

Join us at Excelsior Brewing Company!

Standpoint is hosting our second annual Social to raise money for the agency! Excelsior Brewing Company has generously donated their location for our event. Games will be played. Beer will be drunk. Pizza will be eaten.

Tickets are $20 in advance which gets you in the door with one beer/soda and some pizza or $30 in advance will also get you a sweet looking coozie. (You know you will want the coozie. It will be all the rage this summer!) Tickets will also be available at the door for $25 or $35 if you want the coozie. http://standpointmn.brownpapertickets.com/

Joey Novas will be providing pizza and South Suburban Patio Band will be playing for our musical entertainment.

It’s a Social. It will be fun. And you are fun. So come and join us.

Standpoint Serves All Victims

Standpoint unequivocally stands with ALL victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Standpoint serves ALL victims of domestic and sexual violence across the state of Minnesota, regardless of immigration and/or refugee status, nationality, religion, citizenship, race, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or any other protected class.

Standpoint is a nonprofit legal services agency, which means we abide by the highest level of confidentiality available – attorney/client privilege.  This means Standpoint will not, in fact cannot, disclose any information, including to state or federal law enforcement, without a caller’s express consent.  Standpoint is a safe place for domestic and sexual violence victims to call to find out their legal options.

Standpoint has an immigration attorney who can answer immigration related questions for victims of domestic and sexual violence (including sex trafficking).

If Standpoint is unable to help you, we will make every effort to find a resource that can.

 

2016 Journey of Hope Award Recipients

Chris Swenson, Advocate & Executive Director of Family Safety Network in Cass County

Chris began advocating on behalf of victims of domestic violence in 1997 when she participated in a Volunteer Advocate Training session and started volunteering with Headwaters Intervention Center in Hubbard County. Chris’ passion for helping victims came out of learning that a life-long friend was married to an abuser and her friend had suffered unimaginable violence. Chris was determined to learn all she could to better support her friend. Chris was hired at FSN in March of 2000 and by November that year became the Executive Director.

Vosiney Wiley Smith, Advocate, Breaking Free, Twin Cities

Vosiney was forced to prostitute herself at the age of 16 to provide for her sick mother and her siblings. Despite this trauma, she was able to graduate from high school on time. In 1996, Vosiney found Breaking Free, an organization helping women flee sexual exploitation and violence. She found help with their programming and then became staff. She is currently enrolled at MCTC in the drug and addiction counselor program.

Pat Sauter, Attorney, Bassford Remele

Pat is a litigation attorney with Bassford Remele in Minneapolis. In addition to private practice of law, Pat is actively involved in pro bono work. For years he was involved with Legal Advice Clinics (a/k/a Volunteer Lawyers Network) and served on the LAC Board. More recently, he has devoted substantial time to the Tubman – Chrysalis Center Pro Bono Safety Project for victims of domestic violence and, in 2014, was awarded the Tubman Safety Project Attorney of the Year.

New Name Marks New Era for Twin Cities’ Organization Advocating for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

The Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project is now ‘Standpoint’, expanding its mission to provide legal resources for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and continued advocacy for the professionals who support them

Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 27, 2016) — The Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project (BWLAP), a non-profit organization committed to providing legal resources for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Minnesota, is announcing its name change.

BWLAP will now be known as Standpoint.

 

Standpoint represents a renewed and growing commitment to promoting justice for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Standpoint seeks to view this critically important work from the Standpoint of women and other underrepresented populations in society.

“This is an exciting milestone in our history”, says Rana Alexander, Standpoint’s Executive Director. ”We are a unique organization. We focus on all legal issues related to domestic and sexual violence.”

The Standpoint name reflects the values, mission and vision of the organization which has successfully helped survivors of domestic and sexual violence for the past twenty years.

This year alone Standpoint will assist upwards of 1,750 adults and 800 children statewide, assisting with everything from answering basic legal questions about protective orders to more complex legal issues related to human trafficking and international law.

Standpoint helps survivors of domestic and sexual violence navigate the often complicated legal system. Each year, Standpoint produces a summary of new laws and a case law update. These materials are used as the basis for the organization’s New Laws training for advocates, which is conducted statewide each fall.