Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Elizabeth Balcarcel has worked for the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA) since April 2008. She started as a Legal Assistant for the Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse Program and eventually she became a Technical Assistance Specialist for the National Resource Sharing Project (RSP) program. She is currently the Latino Services Specialist at IowaCASA where she provides technical assistance to the crisis centers of Iowa on how to work with immigrant communities and coordinates Know Your Rights clinics throughout the state to help survivors to create safe action planning. She also co-developed and facilitates Circle of Hope support groups for advocates, community leaders and professionals to build resiliency, networking and addressing vicarious trauma resulted from working with immigrant communities and the immigration system.
Elizabeth has presented numerous workshops for national organizations and state coalitions such as: the National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC), Our Voices Conference, National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, Florida Council Against Sexual Violence Conference, and Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs Conference on a variety of issues such as working with immigrant communities, supporting your multilingual and multicultural advocates, and addressing vicarious trauma for multilingual and bi-cultural advocates. In 2017 she had the privilege to present the first Spanish speaking keynote for Our Voices Conference. Elizabeth has been a member of ALAS (Alianza Latina En Contra La Agresión Sexual) since 2009 and participates in several national leadership groups such as the Multilingual Access Project (MAPA) and Move to End Violence.
Elizabeth crossed the US-Mexico border in 1990. She met her husband, Rudy, in California and they got married in 1991. They relocated to Iowa in 1995. Upon her husband receiving work authorization, she applied and received the same status until 2006 when she became a lawful permanent resident. In 2011, Elizabeth became a US citizen.