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Tue, Jul 23


NEXT Innovation Center

Upstate Immigrant Victim Coalition Meeting

Join us for our July Upstate IVC meeting to hear from a few wonderful speakers and get to know more about bilingual advocates in the Upstate of South Carolina! The focus for this meeting is how bilingual advocates help make safer communities together.

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Upstate Immigrant Victim Coalition Meeting
Upstate Immigrant Victim Coalition Meeting

Time & Location

Jul 23, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

NEXT Innovation Center, 411 University Ridge, Greenville, SC 29601, USA

About the event

At this meeting we will be joined by Diana Tapp (Greenville County Sheriff’s Office), Emmie Craig (Safe Harbor), Yisenia Jimenez (Safe Harbor), and Chelsea Sosa (7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office). Their time working with different immigrant communities in their respective fields each have their own challenges and rewards, and we are excited to hear what all encompasses their responsibilities. More information about the panelists is listed below:

Diana Tapp serves as the Sheriff's office Bi-lingual Victim Advocate/Case Manager helping to guide victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, assault & battery and other crimes against persons. In addition, Diana works closely with the family of homicide victims and those not capable of helping themselves. Also, because she is fluent in Spanish, Diana works closely with the Sheriff's Office Specialized Investigations Unit, Criminal Investigations Unit and other specialized units within the Sheriff's office to communicate with Spanish speaking victims and help identify suspects.

Emmie Craig is the Bilingual Community Counselor at Safe Harbor. Emmie is a graduate from the University of South Carolina where she earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish with a concentration in Latin American Studies and master's degree in Social Work. Prior to her work at Safe Harbor, Emmie has worked in victim advocacy at Sistercare, the South Carolina Victim Assistance Network and the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Emmie also has experience working with adults with substance use disorders at the Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council and the Phoenix Center.

Yisenia Jimenez, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, is the Bilingual Community Advocate at Safe Harbor. She attended Greenville Technical College studying human services, and has been working in that field now for seven years. As a certified victim service prover, she offers direct services for victims who come to Safe Harbor, which includes assistance with Orders of Protection, attending court with clients, and managing cases. Alongside these daily responsibilities, she also teaches a domestic violence education court for the Department of Social Services. With a family from the Dominican Republic, she is bilingual in English and Spanish, using her languages to serve different parts of the community.

Chelsea Sosa began her career as a Bilingual Victim Advocate in 2011 working with the 7th Circuit Solicitor's Office.   She is currently the Bilingual Victim and Family Advocate at the Children's Advocacy Center of Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties where she has helped develop this CAC's Victim Services Program. Throughout the years she has also enjoyed serving as a Spanish/English community interpreter and translator. She holds a master's degree from the Universidad de Granada (Granada, Spain) and a B.A. in International Relations with a concentration in Latin American Studies from the University of South Alabama.  Chelsea is passionate about family, education, human rights and equality issues. 

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