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Katherine Ziomek

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Katherine Ziomek

Katherine Ziomek

Name of Host Organization: Battered Women’s Justice Project
City, State: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Issue area: Domestic Violence
Sponsors: Medtronic, Robins Kaplan LLP

The Project

Improve outcomes for battered women and their children by providing legal advocacy and by developing tools and trainings for CPS workers to better address cases involving domestic violence.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Racial bias in Child Protection Services collection has led to a persistent disparity in how child maltreatment cases are handled and who is placed in out-of-home care. Working with CPS and domestic violence advocates to develop the nuanced understanding of intimate partner violence and assessment tools needed to help both child and mother in domestic violence cases will improve outcomes for both women and children.
The Right Person For This Project

Katherine is the right person for the project because:
• She is passionate about advocating for women without a voice in society, specifically protecting women and children who have experienced domestic violence.
• She has prior experience working on domestic violence issues in Minnesota and is familiar with the community.
• She is dedicated to using her determination, creativity, and experience to come up with innovative solutions to systemic issues.

Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship

In the first six months, Katherine will:
• Build upon existing relationships with CPS workers and their supervisors in order to create tools that address the needs of both CPS workers and DV advocates.
• Develop a set of neutral tools for screening and assessment to be used by Child Protective Services.
• Provide at least two trainings to CPS workers on domestic violence issues.
• Work with pro bono attorneys to develop a case management process.