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Pursuing Justice for Children and the Poor with Urgency and Persistence

EVENT:                      The Children’s Defense Fund National Conference

DATE:                        July 22-July 25, 2012

LOCATION:              Cincinnati, Ohio

REGISTRATION:     Registration closes July 13, 2012

The Children’s Defense Fund National conference, “Pursuing Justice for Children and the Poor with Urgency and Persistence” will gather 3,000 leading researchers, educators, policymakers, practitioners, faith leaders, and advocates including 1,500 young adult leaders from July 22nd – July 25th in Cincinnati, Ohio.

As stated in the CDF National Conference materials, “When 16.4 million children are poor, 8.3 million children don’t have health care, and a majority of children cannot read or compute at grade level in the fourth, eighth, and 12th grades – we have a growing national crisis that demands an urgent response in these politically volatile and polarized times.”

The event promises exciting, essential programming, cutting edge plenary sessions, dozens of compelling workshops that focus on the latest research and best practices, community building models, and community and youth empowerment strategies to close the gap between what we know works and what we actually do for our most vulnerable – children and the poor.

The Children’s Defense Fund National Conference’s list of impressive confirmed panelists and moderators for some of the mini-plenary sessions include:

Ending Zero Tolerance Discipline Policies and the Criminalization of Children at Increasingly Younger Ages

Zero tolerance school discipline policies are a key feeder system into the Cradle to Prison Pipeline, increasing the use of suspension and expulsion for students who do not pose a threat to school safety, disconnecting students from school and criminalizing children at increasingly younger ages. How can 6, 7 and 8-year-old children be arrested and handcuffed on school grounds for nonviolent offenses without a huge community outcry? This session will address the role of zero tolerance school discipline policies in fueling the drop out crisis and profile compelling organizing strategies that have engaged youths and parents directly affected by harsh discipline policies in successful campaigns to modify school policies and procedures; institute restorative justice models; and create positive learning environments for all children.

Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

Judith Browne-Dianis, Advancement Project

Janet Connors, Community Fellow and Trainer, Center for Restorative Justice

Ricardo Martinez, co-director, Padres y Jóvenes Unidos

 

What’s Next for Health Reform? Ensuring Affordable Health Coverage for Every Child

Learn about the early coverage gains for millions of children, young adults and families since the passage of the Affordable Care Act and explore the road ahead since the U.S. Supreme Court decision as states work to develop health insurance exchanges and design a simple and seamless system for families to enroll in coverage. Take action to protect and improve Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and learn about promising strategies to enroll uninsured children in health coverage including the Connecting Kids to Coverage Challenge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education and CDF’s partnership with the American Association of School Administrators to enroll uninsured children in health coverage through local schools.

Moderator: Elisabeth Wright Burak, senior program director, Center for Children and Families

Donna Cohen Ross, senior policy advisor, Centers for Medicaid and CHIP Services

Sharon Adams-Taylor, associate executive director, American Association of School Administrators, AASA

Amy Swanson, CEO, Voices for Ohio’s Children

 

Take Action to Protect Children, Not Guns: Community Responses to Address Trauma and Violence

In 2008 and 2009, 5,740 children and teens were killed by guns, more than all the U.S. military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The leading cause of death among Black teens ages 15 to 19 in these two years was gun homicide. The number of preschoolers killed by guns in 2008 (88) and 2009 (85) was nearly double the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2008 (41) and 2009 (48).Learn about the inspiring work of community leaders who are working to end gun violence, address the root causes of youth and community violence and take action to protect children, not guns.

Moderator: Toby Hoover, executive director, Ohio Coalition to Stop Violence

Daniel Webster, co-director, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research

Dr. Victor Garcia, trauma surgeon at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Reverend Ray Hammond, co-founder, Boston TenPoint Coalition

Roy Martin, senior youth development specialist, Boston Public Health Commission

Closing the Achievement Gap through Quality Summer and Afterschool Enrichment Programs

Learn about collaborative models that work to close the achievement gap through early literacy initiatives in doctor’s offices, partnerships with faith communities to reweave the fabric of family and community and expanded summer and after-school enrichment programs. This session will discuss strategies to expand successful models to close the achievement gap both in and out of school.

Moderator: Ron Fairchild, CEO, Smarter Learning Group

Lauren Gilbert, Vice President of Programs, Bell Foundation

Emily Raine, Manager, Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time Initiative

Mary Nell McPherson, Executive Director, Freedom Schools Partners, Charlotte, NC

Dwayne Crompton, Kansas City Freedom School Initiative

 

A Conversation with Educator and Author Jonathan Kozol

About his first book in 10 years, Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America, Jonathan states: “The heart of the book poses the question: What are the ingredients of character, and what are the enlightened interventions, that have enabled many of the kids I’ve followed ever since I met them in the 1990s to rise above the terrible obstacles they faced in rock bottom, totally segregated, and unequal schools? How did they transcend it all and grow into contributive maturity, while others never did recover from the damage that they underwent in those early years?” Come meet and hear this great teacher and prolific writer and be revived and encouraged in your own efforts to protect every child’s right to learn, thrive and contribute.

Source: The Children’s Defense Fund

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National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women – more than car accidents, muggings, and rape combined. And studies suggest that up to ten (10) million children witness some form of domestic abuse annually. Everyone has a right to be safe.

Research data indicates that when different members of the community coordinated their efforts to protect battered women and hold batterers accountable, these efforts were more successful. Coordination helps to ensure that the system works faster and better for victims, that victims are protected and receive the services they need, and that batterers are held accountable and cease their abusive behavior. A critical first step toward coordinating responses is developing a common understanding of domestic violence.

Law enforcement agencies, advocates, health care providers, child protection services, local businesses, the media, employers and clergy can—and ideally should—be involved in a coordinated community response. Health care providers, in particular, can be important participants. Doctors, nurses and emergency room workers may see and treat women who do not or cannot seek other kinds of assistance. Coordinated community response programs often work to create a network of support for victims and their families that is both available and accessible. Coordinated community response programs often use the full extent of the community’s legal system to protect victims, hold batterers accountable, and enforce the community’s intolerance of domestic violence. Coordinated community response programs also often engage the entire community in efforts to change the social norms and attitudes that contribute to domestic violence. (From American Medical Association, Family Violence: Building a Coordinated Community Response 12 (1996).)

The conference aims to advance the health care system’s response to domestic violence. The Conference attracts the nation’s leading medical, public health and family violence experts from across the U.S. with increased international participation. In addition to the institutes, workshops, and plenary session, award winning actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith will perform part of her one-woman show on healthcare, Let Me Down Easy, during the biennial National Conference on Health & Domestic Violence.

Conference Logistics:

Event Date:     March 29-31, 2012

Location:         San Francisco, California

Sponsor:          Futures Without Violence

The 6th Biennial National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence will feature cutting-edge research and practice on the intersection of healthcare and violence prevention. Workshops, scientific posters, and plenary sessions highlight the latest research and most innovative clinical responses to domestic violence, with a focus on the work being done by physicians, physician assistants, dentists, nurses, nurse midwives, mental and behavioral health providers, social workers, domestic violence experts, researchers and others. The Conference includes an Exhibit Hall to feature local and national resources. The Conference is primarily funded by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

With thirteen (13) in-depth Pre-Conference Institutes, one hundred and seventy (170) workshop presentations, in addition to plenary and keynote sessions, the Conference is one of the largest forums of its kind for advocates, clinicians, and researchers.

Prevention Pre-Conference Topics:

The prevention pre-conference institutes, workshops, and plenary sessions are as follows:

Prevention: Here are some of the prevention related titles of sessions:

Pre-Conference Institute: Promoting healthy relationships & preventing teen dating violence in the middle school years

Pre-Conference Institute: Intersectionality and gender based violence

Pre-Conference Institute: What’s your role in ending violence against women on campus?

Teen dating violence trajectories: Expect respect and gender matters intervention projects

Evaluation of the green dot bystanding intervention program in high school and college campuses

Weathering tough economic times through relationships: Innovations in teen dating violence prevention with youth at the center

Preventing IPV among Hispanics: Family, partner and community violence exposure, innovative training programs and impact on reproductive health of gang-affiliated Latina women

Interactive multimedia and online tools to understand teen perspectives on relationships, teach about IPV, and to transform negative social norms to positive ones

The fourth R: Classroom and small-group strategies to reduce dating violence and abuse

Promoting healthy relationships among adolescents in health care and school settings

Engaging men and boys as allies: Prevention programs and therapeutic tools for young men exposed to violence

Closing plenary session on Transformers:  Risk, Resilience and the Promise of our Teens

Conference Sponsor: Futures Without Violence’s

 Mission

Everyone has the right to live free of violence. Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, works to prevent and end violence against women and children around the world.”

Service(s)

From domestic and dating violence, to child abuse and sexual assault, Futures Without Violence works to end some of the most pressing global issues of our time.  We advance the health, stability, education, and security of women and girls, men and boys worldwide. In 1994, Futures Without Violence was instrumental in developing the landmark Violence Against Women Act passed by the US Congress. Striving to reach new audiences and transform social norms, we train professionals such as doctors, nurses, athletic coaches, and judges on improving responses to violence and abuse. As well, we work with advocates, policy makers and others to build sustainable community leadership and educate people everywhere about the importance of respect and healthy relationships – the relationships that all individuals, families, and communities need and deserve.



For further information on the conference or to register, please visit www.nchdv.org.

Source(s): DAIP. Prevent-Connect. Futures Without Violence website. American Medical Association, Family Violence: Building a Coordinated Community Response 12 (1996).)

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2011 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA)

Date: November 10-13, 2011

Venue: Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers

Location: Chicago, IL

Contact: conferences@nmac.org or (202) 483-NMAC (6622)

URL: http://www.nmac.org/index/2011-usca

“The United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), set for November 10-13, 2011, at Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, in Chicago, IL, is an event you cannot afford to miss. For nearly two decades, USCA has sought ‘to increase the strength and diversity of the community-based response to the AIDS epidemic through education, training, new partnerships, collaboration and networking.’

It is the largest AIDS-related gathering in the U.S., bringing together over 3,000 workers from all fronts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic—from case managers and physicians, to public health workers and advocates, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/As) to policymakers—to build national support networks, exchange the latest information and learn cutting-edge tools to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS. We hope you will be one of them.” –Paul A. Kawata, The Executive Director of the National Minority AIDS Council

Sources:National Minority AIDS Council.  Photo Credit: Microsoft Clip Art

2011 United States Conference on AIDS

Date: November 10-13, 2011

Venue: Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers

Location: Chicago, IL

Contact: conferences@nmac.org or (202) 483-NMAC (6622)

URL: http://www.nmac.org/index/2011-usca

“The United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), set for November 10-13, 2011, at Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, in Chicago, IL, is an event you cannot afford to miss. For nearly two decades, USCA has sought ‘to increase the strength and diversity of the community-based response to the AIDS epidemic through education, training, new partnerships, collaboration and networking.’

It is the largest AIDS-related gathering in the U.S., bringing together over 3,000 workers from all fronts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic—from case managers and physicians, to public health workers and advocates, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/As) to policymakers—to build national support networks, exchange the latest information and learn cutting-edge tools to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS. We hope you will be one of them.” –Paul A. Kawata, The Executive Director of the National Minority AIDS Council

Sources:National Minority AIDS Council.  Photo Credit: Microsoft Clip Art

National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s 2011 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Campaign: It’s Time…to Get Involved.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has announced it’s first in a series of online forums that will focus on supporting the xCHANGE of information between advocates, prevention educators, and researchers. The forums are free. In order to participate in the forum, you must establish a user account at nsvrc.org.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s first xCHANGE Forum will feature Dr. Victoria Banyard as the moderator on a discussion on bystander intervention. This event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12 from 2:30-3:30 PM Eastern. There will be a live real time xCHANGE of information on the effectiveness of bystander intervention approaches. Bystander intervention serves as the central theme and approach in the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s 2011 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Campaign: It’s Time…to Get Involved.

The announcement for this event indicates that if you cannot participate on April 12th perhaps you can participate in the continued discussion on bystander intervention that will occur through April 15th. This exchange will not be a real time discussion but the forum will be open for questions, responses and comments; responses will be posted daily.

For further information, please contact Jenn Benner at jbenner@nsvrc.org or call 877.739.3895 Toll Free.
Source: The National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
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National Crime Victim’s Week

This year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is being observed from April 10-16th. Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) has been held in the month of April. The overarching objectives for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week are as follows: promoting victims’ rights, honoring crime victims, and commending those who advocate on their behalf. According to the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), the theme for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2011 is “Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past.”

The Office for Victims of Crime’s website indicates that the 2011 NCVRW Resource Guide is now available online. To obtain information about this year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and to obtain the resource directory and/or register for the event visit the website for the Office for Victims of Crime at http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw/.

Sources: The National Center For Victims of Crime; and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Photo credit: Microsoft Clip Art

“Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past”

As Women’s History month draws to a close, we are reminded that National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is fast approaching.

Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) has been held in the month of April. The overarching objectives for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week are as follows: promoting victims’ rights, honoring crime victims, and commending those who advocate on their behalf.

This year’s NCVRW will be observed April 10-16, 2011. According to the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), the theme for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2011 is “Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past.”

The Office for Victims of Crime’s website indicates that the 2011 NCVRW Resource Guide is now available online. To obtain information about this year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and to obtain the resource directory and/or register for the event visit the website for the Office for Victims of Crime at http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw/.

Sources: The National Center For Victims of Crime; and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).

Photo credit: Microsoft Clip Art