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National speaker to offer tools for better understanding Native American traumas

After participating in Elena Giacci’s training about historical trauma with the 6th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Durango, District Attorney Christian Champagne worked with Mercy Regional Medical Center and the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault to bring her back for another training session in 2021.

“We have to start with communication, training, this historical context to help folks sit in these uncomfortable spaces of acknowledging our history – and how we can better be there and provide services and response to victims of sexual violence,” said Gina Lopez, a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe working with CCASA who helped organize the event.

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