Disciplined Too Young & Too Often: Understanding The School-To-Prison Pipeline
Nubia Peña, Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Across the country, school systems are shutting the doors of academic opportunity and funneling children into the juvenile and criminal justice systems by using overly harsh discipline practices and increased use of law enforcement to address student misbehavior. Anti-sexual violence advocates and community partners must be aware of current issues that increase a youth’s vulnerability to perpetration in order to create innovative and relevant ways of engaging with targeted youth. This presentation provides an overview of the pipeline and the various intersections of vulnerability that increase a child’s risk of victimization. In addition, advocates will be encouraged to get involved in mitigating STPP issues to increase protective factors within schools by addressing policy change and reform.
Power of Positive Thinking
Robert Johnson, Native Wellness Institute
In this dynamic presentation, Robert shares basic concepts of the power of positive thinking, providing tools and easy-to-remember tips to bring more positivity to your life through storytelling and painting a positive picture through pictures and images.
TH1 Get Ready, He’s Coming Home: Reunification and the Juvenile Sex Offender
Dan Powers, Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County TX
Many juvenile sex offenders return home after treatment. Reunification with their family poses many clinical issues for the offender, family and victim. Treatment providers for the offender and victim must work together to make this transition safe and successful. This workshop focuses on family reunification when the victim is a family member.
Reunification of the victim with their offender is not an issue that is often faced in the treatment of sexual abuse victims. When the sex offender is a sibling the dynamic family issues are magnified. Parents are asked by professionals to choose which child they will support. The victim often will be aware of the family’s emotional and financial stress related to the offender’s legal and treatment issue. In addition to the task of healing from their own trauma, victims of sibling sexual abuse are faced with knowing their outcry started the process of their sibling being arrested.
Like the adult sex offender, the process of reunification cannot start until the offender takes responsibility for their actions. The thought of returning home is both an exciting and scary issue for the juvenile sex offender to deal with. A solid treatment model with the goal of reunification and parents heavily involved in the treatment process will lay the foundation. The treatment provider must be in contact and work with the victim’s therapist to ensure clinical continuity and consistent family communication.
Reunification of the family, offender and victim should be approached with great caution. A plan must be set forth with the treatment providers and family to ensure continuity. The treatment providers must ensure emotional and physical safety concerns are addressed. Written protocols allow the treatment provider, family and court a clear picture of the process.
TH2 Take CTRL: Microsoft & Other Tips to Squeeze the Most Out of Your Workday
Laura Kesselman, CMM, Kesselman-Jones, Inc.
You are busy. Your email and office inbox are bursting at the seams, and you spend hours in front of the computer creating reports. The last thing you need is advice on another system to be more productive. You don’t need to be told to make a “to do” list; your life is a “to do” list. What you need are hacks, ways to shave time off your work day to either get more done or get it done quicker. This session is a rapid fire of Outlook, Word and Excel tips and tricks that are guaranteed to save you time and work more efficiently.
TH12 Nia Playshop
May Sagbakken, Blue Belt Nia Instructor
Experience the magic of Nia movement with blue belt trainer May Sagbakken. May believes the connection between mind and body is essential for your health and awareness of who you are. Her Nia class focuses on expression, play, and precision to create an experience that brings you back to your body in the middle of a busy day. With each Nia move, she sets the stage for happy bones and a deep sense of community.
TH4 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction: How to use the practice of mindfulness to reduce stress…for yourself and those you serve
Jose Maresma, The Mindful Center
A dynamic and engaging introduction into the world of mindfulness meditation. Learn what mindfulness meditation is, how to do it as part of your daily life to reduce stress, worry, anxiety, and depression, and then how to share it with the people you serve.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in New Mexico experience sexual violence at three times the rate of the general population. This workshop outlines the root causes of sexual violence in these communities, sheds light on historical trauma, explores how these factors influence survivors’ ability and willingness to seek services, and examines best practices for rape crisis centers and law enforcement to create inclusive spaces for healing.
TH6 Anti-Discrimination and the Response to Sexual Violence
Nubia Peña, Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assualt
Go beyond the fundamentals of traditional diversity workshops and learn to apply techniques that set clear boundaries when witnessing discrimination, encouraging group norms that discrimination will not be tolerated, and maximizing on moments when paradigm shifts are possible. This training encourages rape prevention educators and victim-service providers to incorporate anti-discrimination advocacy throughout their entire curriculum, agency and community instead of reserving it for limited use, which is less likely to encourage empathy and cohesion amongst participants within their larger community.
TH7 Native Wellness: Living in Balance
Robert Johnson, Native Wellness Institute
This informative session provides an overview of the Native wellness model and suggestions to live in balance physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Assess your own well-being and share strengths with fellow participants.
TH8 Inside the Minds of Sexual Deviant Killers
Lawrence J. Simon
Examine the minds of convicted murderers and violent sex offenders whose primary motive is sex-related and who predominantly target women and children. Explore the psychology behind the crime while analyzing and interpreting true accounts and disturbing viewpoints and motives of some of the most dangerous men behind bars, including inmates on death row. Probe the evolution and unsettling features of violent deviant pathology providing forethought and credible warning signs that include elusive topics such as necrophilia, cannibalism, criminal sexual sadism, war rape, voyeurism, bestiality, and serial lust murder. Analyze case samples and various crime scene photos that depict multifarious features of abnormal sexual pathology, along with offender psychosocial histories and backgrounds. Achieve a more comprehensive understanding of the overall mindset by identifying warning signs, interviewing suspects, increasing effectiveness in search warrants and greater case preparation from inception to case closure. The instructor’s post-secondary educational background and credentials, hands-on investigative research and years of practice trudging through the dark minds of the most unusual, violent, and deranged individuals makes this course unique. Although extremely informative, due to its explicit nature this course is designed primarily for those working in law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and is not intended for everyone.
TH9 Accessing Tribal Victim Rights and Assistance
This workshop provides information on resources and strategies available at the tribal, federal, state, and local level to assist tribal communities in addressing barriers to accessing victim rights and resources in a collaborative effort to remove advocacy barriers preventing tribal victims of crime from accessing victim assistance, support and confidentiality. Tribal victims of crime experience the highest crime victimization rates in the country. Complex jurisdictional issues, along with the cultural diversity of tribes and the basic reality of geography, pose significant challenges for tribal crime victims. Tribal governments, like other governments, are responsible for meeting the needs of victims in their communities. Unfortunately, tribal governments often have few or no resources available to provide services to victims.
TH10 What Domestic Violence Professionals Need to Know about Child Abuse
Dan Powers, Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County TX
Child abuse and domestic violence often occur in the same family and are linked in a number of ways that have serious consequences for the safety of all family members. When one form of family violence exists, there is a strong likelihood that the other one does too. It is essential that domestic violence professionals also have a solid understanding of child abuse dynamics. This workshop provides essential knowledge that domestic violence professionals need to know about child abuse.
TH11 Preventing Sexual Violence by Addressing Rape Culture
Sarah McMahon, School of Social Work, Rutgers University
This interactive workshop explores current trends in the field of sexual violence prevention, with a focus on the role of “rape culture,” defined as the ways in which sexual violence is normalized due to societal attitudes about gender, sexuality, and violence. This workshop allows participants to discuss the continuum of sexual violence, the role of gender norms and media, and the importance of peer and institutional influences. Review current approaches to the prevention of sexual violence, including bystander intervention education, rape myth education, and media literacy programs.
Senate bill 84/House bill 27, called “Racheal’s Law” unanimously passed the 2016 New Mexico legislature to protect victims of sexual assault from being re-victimized by their perpetrator. The legislation is named after Rachael Gonzales, who was repeatedly raped as a child by her father, who later made repeated attempts to contact her following his release from prison. Racheal testified at the legislature on behalf of Racheal’s Law and was instrumental in having this new legislation passed. Her hope was to eliminate the need for victims of sexual assault to have to repeatedly face their abuser in order to obtain an Order of Protection. Racheal’s Law creates a new section in the Family Violence Protection Act that allows courts to grant permanent restraining orders to victims of sexual assault. It would allow judges to base their decision to grant the order on the evidence and facts used to convict the offender, sparing victims the ordeal of having to once again face their abusers in court. The law will also allow another person to appear in court on the victim’s behalf.
TH13 Human Trafficking
Anthony Maez, NM Office of the Attorney General
This presentation provides an understanding of the origins, methods of operation, and indicators of human trafficking along with an understanding of the unique victimization process. Discover how you can build alliances and coalitions as part of a coordinated community response to human trafficking.
Misty Blakesley, SF Mountain Center
In this fun, experiential workshop based on the Santa Fe Mountain Center’s Courage to Risk program, explore ways to encourage the awareness and release of trauma held in the mind, body and spirit. Practice connecting with each other and the natural world. Notice and appreciate nature, patterns in nature, patterns in ourselves and ourselves as part of nature. By reinforcing our positive connections within ourselves and to those around us, we are able to strengthen our individual and community resiliency. This workshop is fun and open to all ability levels. Gentle movement and interactive activities are included. Some time is spent outside.
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.