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Continuing Education

Hearing in Silence & Listening Past Noise: Creating a Foundation for Advocacy at First Contact

Date: 1:30pm - 4:30pm PDT April 27, 2018 Location: Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR

Becoming an advocate for a community member who has experienced a hate incident begins at first contact; to remain a trusted and accessible advocate requires continual attention. Many of us are unsure of the best ways to serve as advocates for those in our community.

This training for organizational staff and volunteers will discuss the foundations of listening through trauma and hearing with humility in order to identify culturally appropriate strategies and referrals. 

Attendees will discuss intake procedures, learn the basic rights of persons who have experienced a hate incident, and explore communication “how to’s” that open up agency for survivors. 

Individual community members committed to partnering in resistance against hate will also come away with information on how to provide such support as a point of contact to a friend or neighbor, or even as a public bystander.

This workshop is part of the Portland United Against Hate training series and is free and open to the public.

Accessibility Needs and Accommodations: This workshop location is wheelchair accessible. Please note any additional accessibility needs (including ASL interpretation or non-english language translation) you may have during your registration. We encourage registrants to make our office aware of any requests no later than two weeks before the workshop date. While we will make an effort to secure accommodations upon short notice, we cannot guarantee they will be available. 

Details & Registration

Date and Time: Friday, April 27, 2018, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: Midland Library,  805 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR

Presenter: Meg Garvin, MA, JD

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About the Presenter

Meg Garvin, MA, JD, is the executive director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) and a clinical professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School. Ms. Garvin is recognized as a leading expert on victims’ rights. She has testified before Congress, state legislatures, and the Judicial Proceedings Panel on Sexual Assault in the Military.  In 2014, she was appointed to the Victims Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission and during 2013-2014 she served on the Victim Services Subcommittee, of the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crime Panel of the United States Department of Defense. She has served as a Board member of Oregon’s Citizens’ Crime Commission and of the National Organization of Victim Assistance, and as an Advisory Board Member for the Red Lodge Legal Services Program. She has also served as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Victims Committee, co-chair of the Oregon Attorney General’s Crime Victims’ Rights Task Force, and as a member of the Legislative & Public Policy Committee of the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force.


  • This project is supported by the City of Portland, Office of Neighborhood Involvement and Office of Management and Finance, Special Appropriations for Portland United Against Hate. The content is solely the responsibility of the grantee and does not necessarily represent the official views of the City of Portland.