Cosponsored by Center for Survivor Agency and Justice
Consumer Rights Advocacy for
November 8, 2013
Consumer Rights Advocacy for Domestic Violence Survivors
Economic security is central to the goals of safety, agency, restoration, and justice for domestic violence survivors. Consumer law can be powerful tool for achieving economic security for survivors, who may face economic abuse, including: debt incurred or coerced by their abusers, credit damage created by their abusive partner, identity theft and other financial difficulties as a result of abuse. Domestic violence lawyers and advocates should be cognizant of the consumer law remedies available to survivors. At the same time, consumer advocates must be aware of special safety and privacy issues that might arise in the course of representing a domestic violence survivor. This intensive focuses on ways in which consumer and domestic violence advocates and lawyers can expand their advocacy and partner to meet the twin goals of physical safety and economic justice for survivors.
Topics are likely to include: credit reporting law and advocacy; debt prioritization and collection defense; federal tax advocacy; and building partnerships to enhance consumer rights for domestic violence survivors. Participants will engage in hands-on exercises that develop their ability to screen for and address consumer law and domestic violence issues; gain consumer law knowledge and advocacy techniques; gain a better understanding of how domestic violence impacts consumer advocacy; and develop consumer law strategies that address the safety and privacy concerns of survivors. In addition, the conference will offer an ideal occasion to build partnerships between domestic violence and consumer lawyers and advocates.
This training is supported by the Consumer Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors Initiative (CRDVSI), funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, US Department of Justice. The CRDVSI grant was awarded to the Center for Survivor Agency and Justice, with partners including the National Consumer Law Center, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, and the Feerick Center for Social Justice of Fordham Law Center, along with a cadre of expert consultants.
Confirmed Presenters: Erika Sussman, Sara Shoener
Registration Fee: $89 (includes continental breakfast and coffee break)
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