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Economic Justice Conference

Economic abuse and the associated financial challenges present the greatest barriers to escaping an abusive relationship. Domestic violence is the largest cause of homelessness in the United States, and half of those survivors who leave abusive partners fall below the poverty line. Financial abuse is ubiquitous, occurring in 99% of domestic violence cases. Without ways to attain financial self-sufficiency, survivors who seek to leave abusive partners risk homelessness, losing custody of their children, or having to return to the abuser. Legal and programmatic remedies, fortunately, can help survivors build safe lives for themselves and their children, but these remedies are not often known or utilized.

Attendees of the IEFV Economic Justice Conference will be exposed to new innovative resources and practical skillsets featuring tax, credit, tort, entrepreneurship, lending, and other economic solutions for abuse survivors. Speakers include experts from The National Network to End Domestic Violence, FreeFrom, Laura’s House, and Legal Aid offices and domestic violence coalitions around the nation.

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Doheny Beach Rooms, Student Center, UC Irvine. $10 per vehicle and parking available in the Student Center Parking Structure (Directions)

This event is approved for 6.5 hours of Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California. UC Irvine School of Law is a State Bar-approved MCLE provider.

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Proposed Conference Schedule

Time Description
8:30– 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 – 9:10 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
9:10 – 10:10 a.m. Remedying Coerced Debt, Identity Theft, and Credit Histories Affected by Abuse (Carla Leticia Sanchez-Adams, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.)
10:10 – 10:40 a.m. Federal Legislative Update (Kim Pentico, NNEDV)
10:40 – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. IRS Protections, Tips, and Debt Relief for Domestic Violence Survivors (Adam Dodge, Laura’s House and Renato Izquieta, Legal Aid Society of OC)
12:00– 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Financial Compensation: Justice for Domestic Violence Survivors (Sonya Passi and Amira Samuel, FreeFrom)
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Helping Domestic Violence Survivors Build Financial Independence: Financial Literacy, Microlending, and Entrepreneurship (Sonya Passi, FreeFrom and Kim Pentico, NNEDV)
3:00– 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15– 4:10 p.m. Incorporating Economic Empowerment and Financial Capability into Service Delivery (Andrea Miller, Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, with 1-2 OC agencies)
4:10 – 5:00 p.m. Applying Tools and Remedies: Panelists Problem-Solve Scenarios
5:00 p.m. Closing