Training Institute

NJCASA’s Training Institute is informed by national trends in the prevention of and response to sexual violence, as well as strengths and needs of professionals in New Jersey. We provide in-person and web-based trainings to Sexual Violence Programs and allied professionals committed to creating safer communities for all. NJCASA strives to provide free and accessible trainings, as well as bring low-cost on-demand training to professionals throughout the state.

Who We Work With

The Training Institute serves members from local sexual violence centers, allied professionals in public and mental health, law enforcement, preventionists, and the larger public. Our trainings bring communities a better understanding of the dynamics of sexual assault, which results in improved response to survivors and increased accountability to perpetrators.

Topics We Cover

NJCASA trains on a wide variety of sexual violence issues, including Introduction to Sexual Violence, Cultural Humility, Primary Prevention, Law Enforcement Response, Special Populations, and more. Join NJCASA at one of our upcoming training events or request a customized training for your organization or institution.

Upcoming Trainings

Strengthening Core Services: Serving Survivors who are Asian Pacific Islander
September 7th, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. & September 8th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | In-person training (two days)
Facilitators: Mira Yusef, Executive Director, Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa and Nina Jusuf, Program Director, NAPIESV

New Jersey is one of the most diverse states in the nation. Per the 2015 American Community Survey, approximately 9% of our population is Asian and 0.1% of our population is Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. There is tremendous diversity within Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities and it’s important to better understand how we can design our services to be inclusive and accessible to API communities in our state.

This two-day in-person training, facilitated by the National Organization of Asian Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV), will focus on enhancing sexual assault services for Asian Pacific Islander communities in New Jersey. Day 1 will focus on foundational concepts, dynamics of sexual violence in API communities, and how individual and historical trauma plays out in API communities. Day 2 will focus on providing culturally specific advocacy, crisis intervention, and healing services for API communities.


About the facilitators: Mira Yusef is the executive director of Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa, an organization serving victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Iowa. She is also one of the founders and a member of the National Organization of Asian Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV). In addition, she serves on the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) National Advisory Council. Mira has a Master’s in Social Work, with specialization in Community Organizing, and a Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Mira was a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, 2004-2005, to pursue research in the Philippines on Muslim Filipinas employed as domestic workers in the Middle East. She was also awarded the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David Boren Fellowship in 2006 to study the Indonesian and Malay languages as well as conduct field research in Malaysia and Philippines. Mira can be reached at

Nina Jusuf is the Program Director of National Organization of API Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV). Nina has been involved in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault issues since 1992. She started as a volunteer and several years later held the Executive Director position of a Rape Crisis Center in San Francisco. After experiencing burnout and watching other sisters leave the movement due to exhaustion, she started learning and practicing trauma based wellness techniques. She has facilitated sustaining activism and integrated security workshops for Women Human Rights Defenders and nongovernmental organizations’ staff in USA, Regional Asia, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Serbia and the Balkans.


A Long Shadow: Understanding Survivors with a Harmful History

Serving Incarcerated Survivors #2: Understanding the role of the advocate

Intersections of Sexual Violence: HIV/AIDS
Serving Incarcerated Survivors #1: Prison Rape Culture

Partners in Prevention: Comprehensive prevention programming with target audiences or groups


Partners in Prevention: Understanding Offender Management

Evidence-based Practice #3: Understanding Community-Level Risk Factors and Community-Level Change
Understanding the Intersection of Substance Use & Trauma

Serving Campus Survivors

Evidence-based Practice #2: Individual- & Relationship-Level Risk Factors for Perpetration

Evidence-based Practice Series: Evidence, Prevention, and Practice

Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate: Their role within the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

Understanding Rape Culture
Planning for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Previous 2015 Trainings

Media Literacy 101: How Media Influences Rape Culture
Promoting Meaningful Campus-Program Partnerships

Addressing Violence Against Women with Developmental Disabilities

Beyond points on a graph: Discovering ways data can strengthen programming and local prevention efforts

Getting to Know the New Evidence Retention Guidelines

Preparing Survivors for the Criminal Justice System

Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

Capturing the Impact of Our Work

Language Access for Sexual Violence Program Members