Dear Potential Training Attendee Team:

Thank you for your interest in applying for "Enhancing Cultural Responsiveness in the Courts Training" presented by the U. S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), in partnership with Casa de Esperanza, the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Ujima, Inc.: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community and Center for Court Innovation.


Enhancing Cultural Responsiveness in the Courts Training is an interactive training for court staff that explores culture and court responses to culturally specific domestic violence and sexual assault victims.
As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

• Assess barriers survivors from different communities may face in the criminal and civil justice systems and design strategies for overcoming those challenges.

• Learn and engage with a Mentor Court team, including judges, who will share their experiences and promising practices in addressing challenges that survivors from diverse communities encounter.

• Develop action plans and access additional resources and technical assistance in order to facilitate increased access to safety and justice in domestic violence cases.


Lord Baltimore Hotel
20 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Training Schedule:
October 29, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
October 30, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Application Deadline: September 26, 2019.
Who may apply?

Attendance is limited to 40 participants representing Justice for Families, Improving Criminal Justice Response (ICJR), Rural and STOP and their OVW grant partners can participate and use their OVW travel funds to send court staff and partners to this training. The ideal team consists of 3 to 4 participants that work with DV/SA cases including but not limited to Judge, court clerk, security, court advocates and DV prosecutors unit, and other court-related stakeholders such as domestic violence advocate or civil legal services attorney.
The person submitting the form will be considered the “lead team contact person” and will be the point of contact Casa de Esperanza will use to communicate with and responsible to notify their team for anything related to this application.  Please make sure to list the correct email address, as this will be the primary method of communication.
Partially completed applications will not be accepted. We recommend that you set aside a few minutes to complete the entire application. You could also save your answers on a word document ahead of time, and "copy and paste" when you are ready to answer each question.
Training Fee:
This training is sponsored by the Office on Violence Against Women, Department of Justice (OVW) and will be offered at NO COST to participants.
Participants are responsible for their own meals, lodging, and travel arrangements. 
OVW grantees and their OVW grant partners can participate and use their OVW travel funds to send grant funded staff and partners to this training.
Participants must attend ALL the training in order to receive reimbursement if OVW funding is used!

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* 1. Primary point of contact information for team:

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* 2. Please list the names of the 3-4 team members (including yourself if you will part of the group). Please note: One of these members needs to be a representative of a community-based organization.

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* 3. I agree to attend the entire training, if accepted to participate.

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* 4. My organization is an OVW grantee or OVW grant partner (please list the OVW grantee if you are a grant partner):

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* 5. My project receives funding from the following Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grant program:

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* 6. Please type OVW Grant Number (or Non-OVW grant number if applicable):

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Please provide accessibility requirements in this section. Every effort will be made to accommodate advance requests, on-site requests cannot be guaranteed. Reasonable accommodations will be provided during meeting sessions. Referrals for assistance outside of the meeting can be made available. Please email Jose Juan Lara Jr at with any questions or for more assistance.

Select any accessibility accommodations you require for the meeting sessions below. Please be as specific as possible.

Will anyone in your team require accessibility accommodations.

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* 8. Please select  interpreting needs from the list below:

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* 9. Hotel Lodging/Hotel:
Please note, conference attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservation. However, by providing us with information on the type of room you requested, we will be able to check with the hotel to make sure they meet your room request. Please indicate which room type you require from the following list:

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* 10. Is anyone in your team traveling with a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) or Personal Assistant (PA)?

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* 11. Please select any additional accommodations from the list below. If any of your team members require something that is not listed, please indicate the request by selecting “Other” and providing us with specific information about your request in the comments box. We may contact you for further information, if necessary.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K007 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.