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EPIC launches Ta’iala o Alo Tama’ita’i program

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Second meeting of Executive Leadership Team is this morning
Ta’iala o Alo Tamai’ta’i program strives to improve the outcomes of the services network and overall response to victims of sexual assault.

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Empowering Pacific Island Communities d.b.a. EPIC, a community-based nonprofit organization, and funded through the US Department of Justice’s Office on Violence against Women, has launched its Ta’iala o Alo (TOA) Tamai’ta’i Program to improve the outcomes of the services network and overall response to victims of sexual assault.

As part of the TOA Tama’ita’i Program, EPIC will convene its second meeting of the Executive Leadership Team of the American Samoa Coordinated Community Response.

This Executive Leadership Team is an interagency group that represents the leadership of key agencies responsible for prosecution, law enforcement, VOCA services, emergency medical services, civil legal services, core victim services, forensic and medical examination etc.

These are all critical services, which engage and interact with one another in providing a victim-centered and trauma informed response for any victim of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Executive Leadership Team members include the Department of Legal Affairs, Human and Social Services, Public Safety, Emergency Medical Services, LBJ Hospital, Catholic Social Services, and American Samoa Legal Aid among others.    

The Executive Leadership Team 2nd meeting will be held today, Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at Sadie’s Goat Island Conference Room.

Agenda items include an MOU signing ceremony, recognition of LBJ physicians who have recently completed the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) training and a facilitated discussion on the Coordinated Community Response by SoValTi trainers.


Tim Logan is the owner and agency administrator for SoValTi, a culturally responsive social service agency located in Portland, Oregon and has more than 30 years experience working in the fields of juvenile and adult criminal justice. 

Kendra Hughes is the administrative assistant, facilitator and trainer for SoValTi. She has more than 30 years experience in the fields of education and social justice.

SoValTi is a culturally sensitive social service agency committed to serving African American and biracial individuals in the Portland metropolitan area. They specialize in working with men, women, and children using a trauma informed approach to emphasize self-examination as a means to engaging individuals in the change process.

They offer an array of culturally responsive services, education, and programming. Their staff of system navigators assist and provide clients with the resources and tools to encourage success.

SoValTi’s mission is to promote healthy and productive lifestyles by infusing cultural knowledge through the empowerment and strength of each man, woman, and child.

For more information, please contact program manager, Saipai Cassens at 254-0051 or 699-7923.