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Action Alliance Caucuses

A Caucus is made up of members of the Action Alliance who share an identity within a traditionally oppressed and/or marginalized group in society that has been officially recognized by the Governing Body.

Caucus meetings are open to participation by all Action Alliance members who are eligible by caucus or task force definition to participate.

Contacts for Action Alliance Caucuses and Task Forces:

  • Linda Winston, Assistant to the Executive Director (lwinston@vsdvalliance.org)
  • Janett Forte, Governing Body Strategic Impact Officer (jforte22@embarqmail.com)

  • The purpose of the Women of Color Caucus is to create a source of peer/ professional support and information, to develop Women of Color leadership within the coalition, and to provide a voice for Women of Color who might not otherwise be heard. History has shown that Women of Color must be responsible for doing our own work because no one else will do it for us. Meetings are open to all individuals who self-identify as Women of Color, particularly those who work in Virginia‚Äôs domestic violence programs and sexual assault crisis centers.

    Why the term "Women of Color"? The term Women of Color is a political statement because it represents women as an oppressed class who have claimed the power to name and define themselves and their experiences. Women of Color (WOC) include but are not limited to Native American, Africans, Hispanic, African-American, Chinese, Filipinos, Japanese, Koreans, Thai, Indo-Chinese, Vietnamese, and Pakistanis. WOC reflect a diverse group of women.


    The Queer Caucus grew out of the work of the LGBTQ Task Force and the Action Alliance partnership with the Virginia Anti-Violence Project. Officially recognized in 2009, the Caucus provides a forum for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning to come together to explore issues and to put forward a voice on behalf of queer advocates and survivors.


    The Latin@ Caucus was formed in 2011. The purpose of the Caucus is to provide a support system and a safe space for advocates and Alliance members who specifically identify as being Latin@. The Latin@ Caucus will provide support around the following issues: 1) Latin@ cultural identity 2) Support for members who prefer to communicate in Spanish 3) support for Latin@ advocates who are a minority within their SV and DV agencies 4) Mentorship and leadership opportunities for Latin@ advocates and 5) support to the Action Alliance in achieving its strategic goals of being inclusive to diverse populations, to the immigrant community, and Basic Advocacy Training on cultural competency.