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Freedom from Sexual Violence

Programs & Projects

Training & Consultation

CCASA provides valuable educational programs, trainings, and expert consultation to member programs and other sexual assault victim service providers in Colorado. Visit our Event Calendar for more details about upcoming trainings and events offered by CCASA and our members. Visit our Trainings & Events page for a listing of annual events. Please contact Agueda Morgan, Director of Programs, at agueda@ccasa.org or 303-839-9999 to request a training or for training referrals.

CCASA provides support and expert consultation on issues, including:

  • Trauma & victim impact
  • Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) development
  • Organizational development
  • Laws and legislation
  • Confidentiality
  • Mandated reporting
  • Best practices in service provision
  • Case consultation
  • Locating resources
  • Sex offender management

To request a training or expert consultation, please contact CCASA at info@ccasa.org

CCASA RTAP

CCASA Members may also access training and consultation from CCASA Regional Specialists through our Regional Training & Assistance Program (RTAP). Click here to learn more.

Statewide Change

CCASA works with statewide government and nonprofit agencies to advocate for the needs of survivors and our member agencies. CCASA’s goal is to ensure that victim and community safety are prioritized at the statewide systems level. CCASA engages in multiple collaborative efforts, including:

Prison Rape Elimination Act Compliance

Pitkin Co Jain SARTCCASA believes that our mission extends to all survivors of sexual violence, including those incarcerated or detained. For example, CCASA partners with Just Detention International (JDI) on the Colorado Jails Project to assist rural jails with SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) development and creating a model response. We also provide ongoing training to Colorado corrections staff. CCASA advocates for the implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards and provides technical assistance to the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC), Prison Rape Elimination Office (PREA) Program on behalf of their efforts to improve systems of accountability and victim assistance. For more information about PREA, please contact advocacy@ccasa.org or visit the following websites:

Just Detention International
Colorado Department of Corrections
Survivor Resource

Improving School Response

CCASA is available for limited consultation and training regarding the implementation of the Colorado Dept. of Education Comprehensive Health Standards. Current projects include the revision of the Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) School Reference Guide, participation on the Teen Dating Violence Policy Group, and authoring of the CCASA Teen Toolkit. It is our hope that school personnel in Colorado are equipped to appropriately recognize, respond, and refer cases involving sexual violence.

Colorado Department of Education Comprehensive Health Standards available here.

SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) Development

sart2CCASA supports the development and sustainability of SARTs statewide through training and technical assistance.  Each year, CCASA holds a Statewide SART Institute that is designed to promote best practices and promising trends in sexual assault victim response for members of the multi-disciplinary team (law enforcement, victim advocates, medical professionals, prosecutors, and other allied professionals).

CCASA also serves as a partner in the Sexual Assault Response Project (SARP) at the Division of Criminal Justice.  The SARP funds rural SART and medical forensic exam program development in 11 communities statewide.

Contact Terri Livermore at 303-239-4546 or terri.livermore@state.co.us for more information about the SARP. To talk with CCASA about training opportunities and other technical assistance for SART development and sustainability, contact Agueda Morgan, CCASA Director of Programs, at agueda@ccasa.org.

Forensic Compliance Team

The Forensic Compliance Team is a multi-disciplinary team working to improve statewide response to medical reporting victims, those not yet participating in the criminal justice system. The FCT focus is on training, policy development, and research following the recommendations from the report, Forensic Compliance in Colorado: An Examination of System Response to Sexual Assault.  Contact CCASA’s Director of Advocacy & Policy, at advocacy@ccasa.org for more information.

Read the report: “Forensic Compliance in Colorado: An Examination of System Response to Sexual Assault”

Latina Outreach Project

CCASA is pleased to announce that we are project partners with the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Rural Grant from OVW (Office on Violence Against Women). We collaborate in project planning, advising, and providing technical assistance and training specific to sexual assault components of the Latino Outreach Project. Learn more.

Colorado Human Trafficking Council

A CCASA Representative was appointed to serve on the 2014 legislatively-created Colorado Human Trafficking Council. The purpose of the CO Human Trafficking Councilis to bring together leadership from community-based and statewide anti-trafficking efforts, to build and enhance collaboration among communities and counties, to establish and improve comprehensive services for victims and survivors of human trafficking, to assist in the successful prosecution human traffickers, and to help prevent human trafficking in Colorado. CCASA is passionate about this work because of the intersections between sexual abuse/violence and sex trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and labor trafficking. Because many sex trafficking victims have histories of sexual abuse, we believe that a comprehensive trauma-informed intervention to sexual violence contributes to the prevention of human trafficking. For more information about CCASA’s role on the CO Human Trafficking Council, please contact advocacy@ccasa.org.