8:30-9:30 AM KEYNOTE
From Child Witness to Pro Bono Attorney for Incarcerated Survivor of Domestic Violence
Joshua Safran, Rudder Law Group
Fresh out of UC Berkeley Law School and in his first year as a corporate attorney at a top twenty law firm, Joshua Safran began work on a pro bono case to free an imprisoned woman survivor of domestic violence who had been wrongfully convicted of killing her batterer. As he worked with his client to gather vital evidence for her case, he was unexpectedly forced to confront his own long-suppressed memories of his childhood journey through domestic violence. This was the beginning of his seven-year legal odyssey to change California law for battered women, an endeavor that was ultimately captured in the award-winning film Crime After Crime, which premiered to great acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival and debuted on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Safran’s interactions with his client while in prison instilled in him an urgency to share his own story. His critically acclaimed memoir, Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid (Hachette), chronicles his unconventional childhood of neglect and abuse. As part of his mandate to stop the silence and counteract the shame felt by survivors of domestic violence, Safran has committed himself to speaking widely about both his own personal experiences with domestic violence and those of women like Deborah.
9:30-10:30 AM KEYNOTE
A Personal Journey of Healing as a Two-Spirit Male
Lenny Hayes MA, Tate Topa Consulting
THIS SESSION QUALIFIES FOR 1 CULTURAL HOUR CEU.
Due to the effects of historical and intergenerational trauma, this once honored and respected individual is now ostracized within our tribal communities and often forgotten in mainstream society. Discover the historical roles and identities of two-spirit/Native LGBTQ people and how Native American historical and intergenerational trauma has impacted this community, including the high rates of violence and the vulnerabilities of our two-spirit/Native LGBTQ adult, youth, and community. Ultimately, the two-spirit/Native LGBTQ community is individually and collectively trying to bring balance, beauty, and acceptance back into our tribal communities. Lenny Hayes discusses his own personal journey of healing and how it has helped in the work he does for his community.
10:30-10:45 AM BREAK
10:45-11:45 AM KEYNOTE
Strategies for Movement Building
Amita Swadhin, Mirror Memoirs
Mirror Memoirs founder and survivor-activist Amita Swadhin outlines a vision of movement building that is intersectional, intergenerational, and aligned with a commitment to end not only sexual violence but also all forms of institutional and interpersonal oppression.
The Advocacy in Action conference seeks to present a wide variety of topics, issues and exhibits. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the following supporting organizations: the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission, the State of New Mexico, the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc., the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, the Office for Victims of Crime, the Children’s Justice Act Advocacy Group.
These organizations neither endorse nor assume responsibility for the concepts expressed during these programs.
Children’s Justice Act Advisory Group (CJAAG)
This project was supported by Grant No. 2014-WR-AX-0016 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.