SafePlace partners with Rochester organization to offer services in south Thurston County

OlympianMarch 27, 2014 

Beginning in March, SafePlace began partnering with Rochester Organization of Families (ROOF), to offer legal advocacy services in Spanish and English to survivors living in south Thurston County, according to a press release issued by SafePlace.

Legal advocates, Lucy Santiago and Yessica Bevil, will be available on alternate Mondays to provide bicultural/bilingual legal support, including assistance with sexual and domestic violence protection orders, safety planning, immigration proceedings, navigating the court system, emotional support and referrals to community resources.

According to the press release:

"Transportation and access are major issues for survivors," says Santiago, "we are thrilled to be able to travel to ROOF and provide services during the hours of the food bank."

There is an upcoming six-session bilingual workshop series called "A Community Conversation," which begins May 2, and focuses on the issues of domestic violence and immigration. The series will cover topics such as cultural and family values, healthy relationships, the impact of violence on children, and violence prevention. The workshop will be held weekly through June 6.

To learn more about SafePlace legal assistance at ROOF or the Community Conversation series, call Lucy Santiago, 360-786-8754, ext. 120, or email:, or Yessica Bevil, at 360-786-8754, ext. 108, or email Yessica at

SafePlace programs include a 24-hour help line, emergency shelter, support groups, sexual assault medical exam advocacy, legal advocacy and in-person advocacy, all of which can be provided in the survivor's native language. Contact SafePlace at 360-754-6300, or visit the website at


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