MCLE – Compton office – July 8, 2016

There will be an MCLE event in the Compton office this Friday, July 8, 2016 at 1:00PM – 2:30PM

See the information below:

Improving Access for LGBTQ Survivors of Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence

Domestic violence/Intimate Partner Violence is just as common if not more common in LGBTQ communities, but unique dynamics and barriers have resulted in an invisibility of the issue of LGBTQ domestic violence.  This invisibility often leads to further victimization of LGBTQ survivors by the legal system.   This training will examine domestic violence in the LGBTQ community.  This training will include an overview of some of the terms associated with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer identities, the prevalence of intimate partner violence in the community, the impact of oppression, issues and challenges LGBTQ domestic violence survivors may face when seeking legal and other assistance, legal issues and challenges specific to the LGBTQ community, and best practices.

Training Objectives:
•       Participants will have a better understanding of LGBTQ communities.
•       Participants will gain increased knowledge of the barriers LGBTQ individuals face when accessing resources.
•       Participants will learn how to be more inclusive, while serving LGBTQ individuals, by providing a safer and more welcoming environment.

My title is Mieko Failey, Supervising Attorney and Manager of the Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.  My bar number is: 299163.

Mieko Failey, Esq. is a Supervising Attorney and Manager of the Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Legal Services Department, managing the delivery of direct legal services to LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.  Mieko was awarded a Loyola Law School Public Interest Fellowship at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, where she provided and continues to provide direct legal services to LGBTQ youth survivors of dating violence, sexual violence, and hate violence.  Previously, Mieko interned for The ACLU of Southern California’s LGBT Student Rights Project and The Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, advocating for those who were wrongfully convicted or unfairly sentenced as juveniles.  Mieko received her Bachelors in Sociology with highest distinction from UC Berkeley and received her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School with a Public Interest Concentration.  Mieko currently serves on the Executive Board of the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council where she is Co-Chair of the LGBT DV Issues Committee.  She has received awards from Loyola Law School, the Los Angeles Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association, and The National LGBT Bar Association for her advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ community.