Conference Speaker:

Varsha N., JD

Independent Consultant

Varsha serves as an independent training consultant and has been a guest speaker at non-profit organizations, agencies, and universities nationally and internationally addressing a wide variety of topics including diversity, cross-cultural communication, bias, domestic violence and sexual assault. Workshop participants typically consist of medical and legal professionals, law enforcement officials, advocates, university students- amongst many others. Her work experiences include working with diverse populations from Somalia, India, Iraq, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Nepal, Russia, and many more.

She is well-experienced in working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in a variety of settings, including survivors from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Varsha has provided and directed the training of advocates and staff in skills and knowledge related to the support of survivors. Varsha has developed programs to broaden services provided by rape crisis centers, to improve protocols for advocates working on national crisis helplines and in-person hospital advocacy, and to address unique challenges, such as how to manage abusive callers.

In addition to managing programs related to diversity and underserved groups, she has also advanced her skills through certificate training in Intercultural Communication. Varsha delivers thought provoking, interactive workshops designed to create awareness, overcome barriers, and provide necessary tools to enhance communication with diverse populations. In the past, she has also assisted with guardian ad litem and political asylum cases.

Varsha received her BA from Columbia University in New York and later received her JD. Varsha is currently obtaining additional training through the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma focusing on the global mental health issues affecting refugees worldwide. Varsha serves on the Los Angeles Police Department DNA Taskforce and on the Executive Board of End Violence Against Women International, committed to educating those who respond to gender-based violence, equipping them with the knowledge and tools they need to support victims, and holding perpetrators accountable.

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