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Role of Advocates at Community Services Offices (CSOs)

More and more advocates working out of Community Services Offices (CSOs) are finding themselves serving as spokesperson on behalf of survivors in case staffing or similar meetings. Increasingly, small groups convene to discuss how to “treat,” “serve,” “help,” or “sanction” survivors. As advocates are under increasing pressures to participate in these groups, this article outlines the larger advocacy and confidentiality issues at stake.