Friday, December 14, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
250 Dockser Hall 

Northeastern University School of Law

What systems do survivors need and utilize? Where do these systems let survivors down along the path to health, justice, safety and empowerment? Who has been and continues to be left out of this conversation?

Survivors of domestic violence face innumerable barriers when accessing judicial and social service systems — with no central hub, these systems splinter into additional systems, such as shelter, housing, benefits and education. From there, it gets even more complicated: with offices and organizations that are disjointed, siloed, not easily accessible and/or conveniently located, not inclusive, and unable to effectively collaborate and communicate between and among themselves. 

This one-day conference will explore the many barriers domestic violence survivors face, as well as potential solutions to bridging the gaps and linking the systems. Speakers and attendees represent multiple disciplines and sectors, including the judiciary, lawyer, academics, advocates, health care providers, social workers, politicians, faith leaders, policymakers and survivors. Each panel will provide an opportunity for dialogue and meaningful engagement by speakers and attendees, with a goal of actionable steps, including future working groups, technical assistance development, policy recommendations and trainings. 

 Registration is closed. 
This conference is free and open to the public!


The event will be held at Northeastern University School of Law in Room 250 in Dockser Hall (#39 on the campus map), which is the second building from the corner of Huntington Ave. and Forsyth St. 

Parking and Transportation:

  • For those taking the MBTA, Northeastern University is located off:
    • The Green/E Line (“Heath St.”). Disembark at the Northeastern University T stop.
    • The Orange Line. Disembark at Ruggles Station.
  • For those driving to the event, you can find guest parking at either the Gainsborough Garage (#45) or the Renaissance Garage (#62). You will not need a parking pass to enter the garage, but you will need one to exit. Please let us know if you will need a parking pass. We will have passes available at the registration table for $10/each. 



Note: Each session title listed below links to a video recording of that session. We apologize for not having a recording of Panel III. 

Conference Schedule

Friday, December 14, 2018

Northeastern University School of Law

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:45 - 9:00 a.m. 

Welcome and Introductions
Jennifer Huer
, Managing Director, Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law 
Margo Lindauer, Associate Teaching Professor and Director, Domestic Violence Institute, Northeastern University 

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Panel 1: Context Setting

Deborah Epstein, Professor of Law; Director, Domestic Violence Clinic, Georgetown Law

Aracelis Acosta, Family Advocate, Center for Community Health Education, Research and Service (CCHERS), Northeastern University 
Victoria Helberg
, High-Risk Program Coordinator, RESPOND, Inc.
Margo Lindauer, Associate Teaching Professor and Director, Domestic Violence Institute, Northeastern University 
Shaquera Robinson, Survivor and Advocate

10:30 - 11:15  a.m. 

Keynote Speaker

Rachael Rollins '97, Attorney; District Attorney-Elect, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 

Rachael Rollins is the District Attorney-elect of Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Rachael is the first woman to be elected District Attorney in Suffolk County, and the first woman of color to be elected District Attorney in Massachusetts. 

Rachael has been a lawyer for over 20 years. As a former state and federal prosecutor, she has handled cases involving civil rights violations, fraud, sexual predators, narcotics, violence, and weapons. She was the general counsel of both the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. In those roles, she managed over 150 employees and was responsible for overseeing thousands of cases per year. She left to become Chief Legal Counsel of the Massachusetts Port Authority. She currently sits on Attorney General Maura Healey’s Advisory Council on Racial Justice and Equity. She is a former Governor Deval Patrick appointee to the Judicial Nominating Commission, and a past president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association. She was elected to and served on the Boston Bar Association Council.

11:15 - 11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch and Featured Speaker

Deborah Epstein 
Professor of Law; Director, Domestic Violence Clinic, Georgetown Law

Professor Epstein joined the Georgetown Law faculty as a visiting professor in 1993. She has been the Director of the Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic for 20 years, and served as Associate Dean for Experiential Learning from 2005-2012. She has spent more than 30 years advocating for the rights of survivors of domestic violence and has represented hundreds of women in civil protection order cases. She co-chaired the DC Superior Court’s effort to design and implement its Domestic Violence Unit, an early, model effort to integrate civil and criminal cases involving intimate abuse. For five years, she served as Co-Director of the court’s Domestic Violence Intake Center. She serves on the NFL Players’ Association Commission on Violence, and has served as Chair of the DC Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, Director of the Emergency Domestic Relations Project, and as a member of the DC Mayor’s Commission on Violence Against Women, the DC Superior Court Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors of the House of Ruth. 

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Panel II: Identifying and Addressing Gaps and Disparities 

Jennifer Howard
, Director, Legal Progams, Rosie's Place

Quynh Dang, Director, Refugee/Immigrant and LGBTQ Programs, Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health
Deb Collins-Gousby, Chief Operating Officer, Brookview House
Rosie Muñoz-López, Director, Young Mother’s Program, Roca
Rita Nieves, Deputy Director, Boston Public Health Commission 

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.


2:45 - 4:14 p.m.

Panel III: Social Movement and Domestic Violence - Why Are They Not Inclusive? 

Margo Lindauer, Associate Teaching Professor and Director, Domestic Violence Institute, Northeastern University 

Tashira Halyard, Senior Policy Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy
Shaquera Robinson, Survivor and Advocate
Fari Sattar, Outreach Worker & Advocate, Violence Recovery Program, Fenway Health 

4:15- 4:30 p.m.


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