COVID-19 has greatly affected domestic and sexual violence survivors—causing job loss, further isolation, an increase in emotional stress and violence, and difficulty in accessing legal services and other protections. These barriers are further exacerbated when immigration status, unfamiliarity with the legal system, and language access requirements are also present. Ikram and Rachel will confront the barriers immigrant survivors encounter and will provide options and strategies for achieving safety.
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Please note: as of 10/19/20, ability to arrange language and other accessibility services is limited. If you make the request, we will do what we can to make it happen, but cannot guarantee. Thank you!
Rachel Kohler (she/her) joined Standpoint at a staff attorney in 2016. She has been working primarily in immigration law since 2009. Her experience working at a non-profit immigration clinic in Boston, providing immigration assistance to victims of various crimes, including domestic assault and trafficking, provided her with a desire to attend law school and become an attorney. As an attorney, Rachel worked at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, providing assistance to those going through the citizenship and naturalization process, and has clerked at the immigration court and at several private immigration firms. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Ikram Osman (she/her) joined Standpoint in August 2020. Ikram has been working in domestic and sexual violence advocacy since 2016. Ikram has worked in crisis intervention, court advocacy, safety planning and volunteer trainings. Ikram is passionate about violence prevention and resource accessibility specifically in immigrant and refugee communities. She received her bachelors in International Relations with a minor in women’s studies from Saint Catherine University.