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Elimination of Bias CLE: Promoting the Human Rights of Hispanic Women in Minnesota

Join us on Thursday, August 27th, 2020 from 2:00-3:00 PM CDT

One Elimination of Bias Credit (Pending Approval): Panelists will discuss common challenges and safeguards for Hispanic/Latina women experiencing discrimination and violence. Attorneys will gain insight to better advocate for these clients in promoting their human rights.

The Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, in partnership with Global Rights for Women, is hosting a panel discussion CLE on common challenges and safeguards for Hispanic/Latina women experiencing discrimination and violence. Panelists will discuss their experience representing Hispanic/Latina women in cases related to immigration law and gender-based violence. Attorneys will gain insight to better advocate for these clients in promoting their human rights in Minnesota.

Please purchase your ticket for the webinar below. Afterwards, you will be prompted to register via Zoom to receive the login information. 

 

Panelists

Laura Wilson, Global Rights for Women

Laura Wilson is a staff attorney at Global Rights for Women. She previously practiced in immigration law and youth law with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, where she represented many survivors of gender-based violence. Prior to going to law school, Laura worked in community organizing around immigrant rights issues in Minnesota. She also lived in Guatemala, where she volunteered for the fair-trade nonprofit Sharing the Dream and interviewed Maya elders for a book of stories about their lives.

DeAna Smith, Hennepin County Domestic Abuse Service Center

DeAna Smith is the Director of the Domestic Abuse Service Center for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Division. The Domestic Abuse Service Center provides victims of domestic violence multiple services in one centralized location. Services offered at the center include culturally specific advocacy, assistance in obtaining Orders for Protection, pro bono legal consultation and representation, and a prosecution team. Ms. Smith served as a member of the Hennepin County Fatality Review Team, Family Violence Coordinating Council, and was a certified national trainer for the Blueprint for Safety.

Rosario de la Torre, Casa de Esperanza

Rosario de la Torre is a highly experienced and respected advocate in the fields of domestic violence and sexual assault. She was a primary contributor to the development of the Latina Advocacy Framework and provides training to other advocates and organizations across the country.

Mirella Ceja-Orozco, Ojala-Barbour Law Firm

Mirella Ceja-Orozco is a fierce and dedicated advocate of immigrants’ rights. Since finishing law school in 2012, she has dedicated her entire legal career to helping people navigate the complex world of immigration law. She has won awards for her dedication to practicing law in the public interest; teaches and mentors law students; and frequently speaks and writes about immigration law and immigrants’ rights.

Ofelia Ponce, Moderator MHBA

Ofelia is co-chair of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association Community Outreach Committee. She works at Ceiba Fôrte Law Firm in St. Paul, Minnesota. The firm focus on helping Hispanics with their business, civil and employment litigation matters.

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