Santa Cruz County SART and BIWP Task Force


The Santa Cruz County BIWP Task Force has worked to build and maintain coordinated community response to immigrant victims of violence since 2002.  The project has expanded to begin addressing services and training of service providers to respond to victims of sexual violence and establish county wide protocols starting in January 2013.  The BIW Task Force meets the third Wednesday every second month, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at SEAHEC, 1171 W. Target Range Road. (*unless otherwise indicated).  The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) will meet on the alternate months, also on Wednesdays.  

Training Opportunities available:   Webinars, Local Trainings and National Conferences 

Click here to visit the Rural PATHS Training Opportunities page.

Meeting Highlights / Resources

The Santa Cruz County SART is working hard to develop and establish a sexual assault response protocol. Contact Dora Taddey to get involved!

 Sexual Assault Response Protocols in Progress! - Santa Cruz County is finalizing a formal, written protocol for coordinated response to victims and survivors of sexual violence. Contact your task force coordinator (information below) to see how you can get involved and represent your sector (law enforcement, county attorney, health care, behavioral health, victim services, etc.) 

Food for Thought: Sexual Assault Response Teams Awareness Video:  Through a grant awarded by Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), the SANE-SART Resource Service has created a video titled Break the Silence. The video is available to persons interested in creating a sexual assault response team in their community and in educating potential team members, management, and the community about the value of having such a team in a neighborhood.

You may want to check out the Start By Believing Website to learn more about how your response can make a significant impact on victims who reach out for help. 

Empowerment Classes:  The BIW Task Force and Santa Cruz County Attorney's Office Victim Services division provide empowerment classes on different topics and activities relating to health, crafts, cooking and social skills, and other areas of interest to participants. Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm at the United Church Fellowship Center, 1049 W. Mariposa Ranch Click here for the class flyer in English and Spanish.


Dora Taddey
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Upcoming Meetings

  • TBD 9:00-10:00 AM, SEAHEC, 1171 W. Target Range Road

Member Agencies

  • Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office / Victim Services Division
  • Nogales Police Department
  • Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office
  • Justice for All Law Office
  • Mexican Consulate
  • Border Patrol
  • Our House/Nuestra Casa
  • Mariposa Community Health Center
  • Child and Family Resources
  • Circles of Peace
  • AZ Department of Economic Security
  • Child Protective Services
  • United Churches Fellowship
  • United Way
  • The Living Center
  • Exchange Club
  • Nogales Suburban Fire Department
  • Southern Arizona Legal Aid
  • Community Intervention Associates
  • The Kennedy Club
  • Corazon Integrated Healthcare Services
  • Pinal Hispanic Council