Important Updates
Week of April 6, 2020
EMERGENCY GRANTS 
The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is offering grants up to $25,000 for beneficiary serving organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19. Visit the Trust's website for more information. 
 
KEY UPDATES FROM ANDVSA LEGAL
  • All non-essential court hearings are postponed until after May 31, 2020, including most civil cases such as divorce and custody hearings. Parties can still file paperwork in all cases.
  • All criminal jury trials and grand jury meetings are suspended until after May 31, 2020.
  • Domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and elder financial abuse protection order hearings are all being heard by all courts. 
  • Other cases deemed “essential” where the court is still having hearings include arraignments, felonies first appearances, change of plea and sentencing, bail review, adjudication and disposition on petitions to revoke, habeas corpus applications, child-in-need-of-aid, alcohol and drug commitment, quarantine and isolation proceeding, juvenile delinquency arraignment and detention, search warrant and arrest warrant, and temporary guardianship and conservatorship.
  • Every court now has a process for e-filing or faxing pleadings and other paperwork. Paperwork can also be dropped off at a court dropbox.  All parties, witnesses and attorneys are encouraged to appear telephonically at proceedings except in rare exceptions. Court contact information including email addresses, fax numbers, and telephone numbers are available on the court system website.
 
PUBLIC POLICY INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Visit the Foraker website or click the links below to view briefings on public policy related to COVID-19 and resources for nonprofits:

Visit ANDVSA’s COVID-19 Resource Page for more information and resources. 

Connect and Learn

Webinars and Trainings

ANDVSA Webinar: Landlord Tenant Law

 
Join Dan Coons of Alaska Legal Services Corporation's Fair Housing Project to learn more about Alaska Landlord Tenant Law. 
 
WHEN: April 14, 2020, 10:00am - 11:30am

Victim Rights Law Center: Protecting Survivor Privacy While Working Remotely

 
WHEN: April 10, 2020, 9:00am 
 
VRLC is also hosting multiple "Share and Learn" calls and Office Hours for OVW grantees. For dates and times, contact jmindlin@victimrights.org

National LGBTQ Institute on IPV: Spring Webinar Series

National LGBTQ Institute on Intimate Partner Violence is hosting a series of webinars in April and May.This webinar series aims to support the field to increase LGBTQ access and inclusion in direct services, policy, research practices and more.
 
UPCOMING WEBINARS
Beyond the Wheel: Domestic Violence in LGBTQ Communities
April 7, 11:00pm - 12:30pm
Register: https://nwnetwork.adobeconnect.com/btw-apr20/event/registration.html
 
Support at the Intersections: Centering Black LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Violence
April 14, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Register: https://nwnetwork.adobeconnect.com/sa1-apr20/event/registration.html
 

Office Hours and Calls

HUD Office Hours

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) SNAP Office is hosting weekly office hours to discuss COVID-19 planning and response. Presenters from CDC, VA and more will also be available to answer questions.
 
WHEN: Fridays at 10:30am AK time.
 

 Alaska Children's Trust: Stimulus Funds Planning

ACT is compiling recommendations for how the State of Alaska should use the $1.25B in stimulus funds to best support Alaskan families. Join to provide input into these recommendations and discuss how we can prevent child abuse and neglect. 
 
WHEN: April 6, 11:00am - 1:00pm
COVID-19 Program Responses Call
DVSA service providers are invited to participate in this call to discuss our response to the coronavirus outbreak.
 
WHEN: Thursdays, 10am – 11am. Next call is scheduled for April 9. 
JOIN: For more information, contact Lauree at lmorton@andvsa.org or 907-947-0014.
 
Legal Program Office Hours
 Attend ANDVSA’s Legal Team Office Hours to ask your legal and advocacy related question, participate in discussions and learn from other advocates.
 
WHEN: Fridays, 1pm – 2pm. Next call is scheduled for April 10.
JOIN: For more information, contact Mindy at mlowrance@andvsa.org or 907-747-7545. 
 
Statewide Prevention Call
Join ANDVSA’s Prevention staff to connect with other prevention practitioners across the state. The topics vary for each call and focus on sharing strategies, building skills and learning from each other.
 
WHEN: second Friday of every month, 10am – 12:30pm. Next call is scheduled for April 10.
JOIN: For more information, contact Rae at rromberg@andvsa.org.
Prevention in the time of COVID-19
Alaskan Preventionists are invited to join this call to connect, learn from, and support each other as we adapt our work to our current community context. Bring your ideas, questions and resources. ANDVSA will be sharing some from the national prevention conversation.
 
WHEN: Wednesdays, 3pm - 4pm. Next call is scheduled for April 8.
JOIN: For more information, contact Rae at rromberg@andvsa.org.
 

Reach out with questions

Domestic Violence Response
including crisis calls, shelter, safety planning, & protective orders
Christina Love, clove@andvsa.org or 907-419-5110
 
Sexual Assault Response
including crisis calls, SART participation, anonymous reporting & stalking
Lauree Morton, lmorton@andvsa.org or 907-957-0014
 
Legal Issues & Confidentiality
including family law matters, court processes, subpoenas & legal representation
Christine Pate, cpate@andvsa.org or 907-738-2880
Katy Soden, ksoden@andvsa.org or 907-306-5722
 
Prevention
Rae Romberg, rromberg@andvsa.org or 907-299-4814
 
Program & Organizational Administration
including funder compliance, financial questions & organizational policies
Carmen Lowry, clowry@andvsa.org or 907-957-2542
 
Policy
including economic justice, accessibility, housing, remote work or service delivery
Rebekah Moras, rmoras@andvsa.org or 907-444-9591
 
Communications
including technology, social media & messaging
Maria Swoboda, mswoboda@andvsa.org or 907-957-4335
 
Or call the Juneau office at 907-586-3650 to be directed. 

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