2021 Biennial Conference: Supporting Survivor Reentrants Project: Learning to Serve Those Returning Home

August 12, 2021

In this workshop, Courtney Dunkerton will facilitate a discussion among members of the Supporting Survivor Reentrants Project Team: NCCASA staff, Orange County Local Reentry Council personnel, and staff from the Orange County Rape Crisis Center.The discussion will highlight the project's background, the work of the Local Reentry Council, the needs and challenges of survivors who are "returning home" from correctional facilities, and ways rape crisis programs can improve services to support survivor reentrants. They will discuss team collaboration, lessons they are learning together, and introduce a resource tool the team created specifically for Local Reentry Councils. This workshop will help advocates 1) understand the needs and barriers for healing that are unique to survivor reentrants, 2) hear ways to improve service delivery to survivor reentrants, and 3) understand the work of LRC's and the value of developing collaborative partnerships with them. Courtney Dunkerton is the Anti-Human Trafficking Specialist for the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, where she develops and delivers training and technical assistance to rape crisis centers, dual domestic violence agencies, and human trafficking programs statewide. Courtney also serves as the Regional Response Team Coordinator for the North Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking (NCCAHT) and is a member of the Teach2Reach project team, that is creating and implementing a sex trafficking prevention curriculum that aligns with NC health education standards. She has co-authored the manual developed an accompanying training series: “Expanding Our Reach: Equipping North Carolina’s Rape Crisis Centers to Serve Survivors of Human Trafficking,” and is a contributor to the NC Human Trafficking Commission’s “Standards of Service for Survivors of Human Trafficking.” Prior to her work at NCCASA, Courtney co-founded and directed a non profit dedicated to advocacy, education, and victim service to survivors of human trafficking, including a mentoring program for at-risk youth. In this role, Courtney worked with a diverse group of community partners to inspire and build a community response around human trafficking which included developing protocols and delivering technical training for first responders and direct service providers. She later became the Human Trafficking Program Director and a child forensic interviewer for CrossRoads Sexual Assault Response and Resource Center.Rachel Valentine (she/her) currently serves as the Executive Director of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. Prior to this role, Rachel spent 8 years in SV prevention coordinating programming for elementary, middle, high school and college students. Rachel believes that ending sexual violence requires a multi-front attack on all oppressions and finds her joy working across sectors with others who believe the same.Keith Patterson has worked in the Human Service field for over 20 years, addressing the needs of youth and adult populations. Keith currently works to reduce the barriers faced by justice involve individuals seeking a second chance, as the Orange County Local Reentry Council Coordinator. He has operated in a number of arenas including, Mental Health, Reentry, Homelessness, Gang Intervention, and Health Families and continues to use his training and hands on experience to provide effective service to the community. A graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, with a B.A. in Psychology, he has dedicated his career to helping others to reach their fullest potential.Tiffany Bullard serves as the Orange County Local Reentry Council Case Manager, which assists justice involved persons leaving incarceration connect with local community resource and contracts with the U.S. DOJ to review grants for programming around issues of reentry, recovery, and juvenile justice. Formerly she served as the Benevolence Farm Program Manager where she assisted women transition from prison achieve self-advocacy, leadership and sustainable livelihood. She also served as the Reading Connections Program Coordinator where she coordinated and administered adult basic education, life skills and community liaison classes to men and women incarcerated at the Guilford County Jail in Greensboro, NC. Tiffany spearheaded efforts and coordinated a successful higher education in prison program through Guilford College. She is a former Guilford College Center for Principled Problem Solving alumni fellow, and guest lecturer in the Justice and Policy Studies Department at Guilford College, and former case manager for Americorps Partnership to End Homelessness. Tiffany has spoken at conferences, on panels, and collaborated in working groups across the state, nationally and internationally about the importance of connection, empathy, conflict resolution, community engagement, and critical issues of the prison industrial complex. She serves on the Chapel Hill Debt Fund committee and is a Fellow of the UNC William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations, which trains, supports, and convenes a statewide network of leaders to take courageous action on North Carolina’s most pressing issues through civil dialogue and by engaging across differences. Tiffany graduated with a Master’s in Law from Wake Forest School of Law and is currently working on her PhD in Grief Counseling.Stephanie Basakis (she/her) is the Trauma Care Network Coordinator at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. The Trauma Care Network is a new project (funded by the Kenan Charitable Trust) that aims to build a collaborative and supportive community of local, trauma-informed therapy providers in order to increase the availability of accessible and affordable therapy services for survivors of sexual violence. Stephanie has been working or volunteering at OCRCC since fall 2017, when she relocated to Chapel Hill. Before moving to North Carolina, Stephanie lived in Tennessee and California, where she received her JD at Golden Gate University, School of Law and BA at UC Berkeley.Anna Wallin (she/her/hers) is the Program Evaluator at NCCASA. She is collaborating with other staff on the Serving Survivor Re-entrants Project (SSRP) to coordinate and conduct key informant interviews, analyze data and develop recommendations. She also serves as evaluator for the Rape Prevention Education program, which conducts education and community development around consent and healthy relationships norms to prevent sexual violence.

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