7:00-8:00 AM REGISTRATION
8:00-8:25 AM WELCOME
8:30-9:25 AM KEYNOTE
Sadly, Native Americans are the smallest racial minority in the U.S. What’s more, Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to sexually assaulted than women of any other demographic, and 80% of the abusers are non-Native. Why, then, are Natives sidelined in the conversation about domestic abuse and sexual assault? What are the consequences the children face? This will be a frank discussion about the continued attack on Native American bodies, particularly women. As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:
9:25-10:10 AM KEYNOTE
10:10-10:25 AM KEYNOTE
Pronouns. We used them every day, in nearly every sentence. He, she, they, and other personal pronouns are critical in showing respect and basic human acknowledgment of another person. For trans and non-binary individuals, these little words make a huge difference in whether or not a survivor feels safe or welcome enough to even come through the door to receive services. This fast-paced session will provide tips and tricks to help us all use the correct pronouns. Key learning objectives for this session are to:
10:25-10:45 AM BREAK
10:45-12:00 PM WORKSHOPS
This course is designed to assist law enforcement and advocates in utilizing DNA analysis and cold case investigation techniques to address sexual assault evidence kit backlogs. Key learning objectives for this session are to:
The history of the U.S. is grounded in cross-racial movements for racial, social, economic and political change. Why would we think that the movement to end violence in all its forms would be any different? The question then becomes, how? Taking lessons from already existing best practices as well as critical pedagogy, this session will provide hope grounded in an understanding of our agency in addressing the root causes of inequities that result in violence. As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:
In this session, we will explore the science and art of resilience. How internal and external environments impact our performance and relationships. Participants will walk away with a real foundation of how to “train” for the toughest sport we play-LIFE. As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to identify:
Every survivor has a unique story. Yet, victim service agencies often know little about transgender survivors of intimate partner violence or their stories. This workshop will share qualitative survivor and provider experiences, as well as quantitative data about the barriers, needs, successes, and strategies of working with transgender survivors who seek shelter or other healing services. This highly interactive workshop will support providers in identifying areas within their agency where they can make small and large changes – in attitude, behavior, and approach – that will improve their ability to effectively and successfully shelter and support transgender and non-binary survivors. Key learning objectives for this session are to:
12:00-1:00 PM LUNCH (provided)
1:00-2:15 PM WORKSHOPS
One-third of your life is spent at work. That’s 90,000 hours over a lifetime. There is one universal truth. Everyone wants to live their best life. So how can we make the most of the time we have? The Solutions Group has an answer to this question. Learn about the importance of wellness and why everybody needs it. Key learning objectives for this session are to:
Domestic and sexual violence can be particularly dangerous in rural communities. This presentation examines the reality of rural life, explores the specific barriers rural victims encounter when seeking services and how your agency can use videoconferencing technology to help them access services. The presenters will share their successes and challenges with utilizing a HIPAA compliant, telehealth videoconferencing platform to provide case management and therapy services to clients in their community. The training covers best practices for developing and implementing safe service delivery with this technology. Key learning objectives for this session are to:
Screening for and treating traumatic brain injury (TBI) is essential given the epidemic of TBI in victims of domestic violence. The five-question HELPS screening tool provides a way to discuss the possibility of TBI. Developing interventions that can be provided immediately and over time improves communication, trust, relationships, self-esteem, self-advocacy, mood, resiliency and participation in programs for victims. Providing tools and resources to health professionals can improve job satisfaction, empathy, and competency. Participants will learn the basics of TBI, the effects of TBI, how to screen for TBI, and some basic interventions to help victims manage the effects of their TBI. Key learning objectives for this session are to:
In this workshop session, we will explore the following questions: What does it mean to forgive someone? To forgive myself? When is it appropriate to ask for forgiveness? Is there someone in my life I would benefit from forgiving? Once the decision has been made to forgive, what are some practical methods for moving toward a true experience of forgiveness? The session will also utilize meditation focused on breath observation and somatic exercises in which participants will locate where in their bodies they feel resistance to, or comfort with, the concepts we explore. Key learning objectives for this session are to:
2:15-2:30 PM BREAK
2:30-3:00 PM KEYNOTE
This presentation shares why the speaker, a survivor of child sexual abuse, campus sexual assault, and rape, left the practice of law and its winner-takes-all approach for the field of restorative justice. She will share how restorative processes invite truth-telling on all sides by replacing punitive approaches to wrongdoing in favor of collective healing and solutions, and how she seeks to help build a world in which restorative justice is available to all survivors who want to engage in it. Key learning objectives for this session are to:
3:00-4:00 PM KEYNOTE
Stress and trauma divide us– on the individual level, it separates the body, mind, and spirit, whereas on the community level it separates the individual, organization, and community. Yet more often than not, this is the place from which many of us live and operate. Explore the process of returning to wholeness after experiencing vicarious trauma and burnout by sharing Desiree’s experiences working with prison and rape crisis centers to support incarcerated survivors of sexual violence. Key learning objectives for this session are to:
4:00-4:30 PM KEYNOTE
Youth leaders in Boston want their message to be heard. This workshop brings input and advice of the Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) Youth Advisory Board for Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) members investigating and providing services for exploited youth. What matters most in the first conversation? What is helpful? What doesn’t work? The workshop offers concrete recommendations from youth leaders for MDT members and incorporates case examples and personal anecdotes to bring guidance to life. The presentation will help prepare first responders to meet high risk and exploited youth “where they’re at” in a long-term recovery process. Gain knowledge and insight from young survivor leaders as well as strategies to enhance their work as part of a child trafficking MDT. Key learning objectives for this session are to:
$15 per participant
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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.