Biennial Conference

  • May 25—27, 2021

  • 12:00pm—5:00pm

NCCASA’s 2021 Conference, Exploring Emergent Strategies for Long-Term Transformation, will focus on potential applications of emergent spaces, explore the need for intentional connection and sustainability, and identify ways to center humanity and interconnectedness while in a physically distant, often virtual, context. Throughout the pandemic, we have highlighted creative ways of coping with the collective and intersectional traumas we are all experiencing. As we look toward long- term transformation and yet are still dealing with the global crisis, we are still reminded that there is a need to offer spaces for recovery and to collectively share ideas for equilibrium and rebuilding.

Conference Agenda

Day One

12:00-12:15

Welcome, Announcements and a Cultural Offering

Monika Johnson-Hostler, Executive Director at NCCASA, will welcome folks to the 2021 Biennial Conference, Exploring Emergent Strategies for Long-Term Transformation, as well as provide announcements for the day. Chucho Ruiz Vai Sevoi of the Eudeve Tlamanalcah peoples will be sharing a Cultural Offering in the form of ceremonial & traditional songs that invoke ancestral wisdom and healing.

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Jesus “Chucho” Ruiz Vai Sevoi — Eudeve (Opata) Tlamanalcah

In the last five years, Chucho has been intentional in engaging men and boys through his work with CPLC, implementing A Call to Men’s Live Respect Coaching Healthy Manhood curriculum in several local high schools and also collaborating with local organization Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, and specifically with Emerge’s Men Education Program, as a co-facilitator.

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Monika Johnson Hostler

Monika Johnson Hostler is the Executive Director at NCCASA.

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12:15PM - 1:15PM

The Physiology of Resilience – Somatic Trauma Healing as a Way of Reclaiming Our Humanity

Drawing from a combination of her own sexual trauma healing journey, medical and legal advocacy work, trauma-informed yoga teaching, and her Somatic Experiencing studies, Molly will share how trauma responses understood as resilience responses remind us that healing is an ongoing, organic process of emergence – a practice of yielding to and embracing the language of our individual and collective bodies as a foundation for restoring our individual and collective humanity.

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Molly Boeder Harris

Molly Boeder Harris is the Founder and Executive Director of The Breathe Network, a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), and a trauma-informed yoga teacher and trainer.

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1:30PM - 3:00PM

Somatic Approaches for Transforming the Imprints of Sexual Trauma

The workshop will include both lecture and invitational experiential practice to support participants in increasing a sense of trauma and resilience consciousness within their own body, relationships, and work.

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Molly Boeder Harris

Molly Boeder Harris is the Founder and Executive Director of The Breathe Network, a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), and a trauma-informed yoga teacher and trainer.

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1:30PM - 3:00PM

The Other Side of the Same Coin: A Conversation About Those Who Cause Harm

A conversation with Joan Tabachnick, nationally recognized for her work in preventing the perpetration of sexual violence, and Christi Hurt, a long-time survivor advocate and community safety consultant, will address the commonalities of these two seemingly divergent points of view, as well as the stark differences. A conversation with Joan Tabachnick, nationally recognized for her work in preventing the perpetration of sexual violence, and Christi Hurt, a long-time survivor advocate and community safety consultant, will address the commonalities of these two seemingly divergent points of view, as well as the stark differences.

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Christi Hurt

Christi Hurt serves as the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Margolis Healy, a safety and security consulting group that focuses primarily on higher education settings.

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Joan Tabachnick

Over the last 30 years, Joan Tabachnick has developed educational materials and innovative sexual violence prevention programs for national, state and local organizations.

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1:30PM - 3:00PM

The Greater Charlotte Hope Line: Leveraging Community Partnerships to Develop a Holistic Approach to Crisis Hotline Support

Presenters will highlight and facilitate discussion around the applicable aspects of this collaborative model to other victim services programs that are seeking to enhance and expand service delivery through identifying and tapping into new resources and partnerships within their own communities.

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Kendall Tosco

Kendall has served in many roles within the agency including as a Sexual Trauma Resource Center (STRC) Advocate, STRC Advocate Supervisor, Hotline Program Manager, and now Director overseeing the Sexual Trauma Resource Center Advocates and the Greater Charlotte Hope Line. 

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Cori Goldstein

In 2013, Cori moved to Charlotte and joined the Safe Alliance team where she is now the Deputy Chief Operating Officer providing support to the Sexual Trauma Resource Center, The Greater Charlotte Hope Line, and the Domestic Violence Shelter.

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Erica Hazen

Erica obtained a License in Clinical Social Work (LCSW) and worked as a clinician in Vermont before moving to North Carolina in 2018 where she joined the Safe Alliance team as the Hotline Advocate Manager for The Greater Charlotte Hope Line.

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Carmen Crape

Carmen is now the Sexual Trauma Resource Center (STRC) Advocate Manager, providing supervision to The Greater Charlotte Hope Line Hotline Advocates and STRC Victim Advocates.

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1:30PM - 3:00PM

Moving Beyond the Binary: Expanding the Narrative on Healthy Masculinity When Engaging Men and Boys

At A Call to Men we believe that heterosexism is the glue that holds the Man Box together and, as a result, we see homophobia and transphobia as critically damaging byproducts of the Man Box.

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Josué Argüelles

Josué Argüelles is the Director of Youth Initiatives for A CALL TO MEN.

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1:30PM - 3:00PM

Heather Lilly

Heather Lilly received her 500hr ISHTA Yoga certification in 2003 and has facilitated over 10,000 hours of yoga and meditation practice with a wide variety of populations.

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3:15PM - 4:45PM

Food Justice Creates Emergent Space and Long-Term Transformation of Communities

This panel centers the voices of grassroots food justice leaders in North Carolina. Anti-violence workers will have the opportunity to hear their wisdom on food justice and how food can be used as a tool against violence.

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Daisy Schoen

Daisy works for the Campus Violence Response Center at the UNCG, and volunteers with the Guilford Urban Farming Initiative. 

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Dr. Voulynne B. Small

Dr. Voulynne B. Small describes herself as an innovative visionary who applies logical approaches to every day situation. She profess to be a high-energy, enthusiastic, people-centered individual who genuinely want to bring out the best in others.

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Jonathan McRay

Jonathan McRay (he/him) is a farmer, facilitator, and writer in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

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Gwen Frisbie-Fulton

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Shorlette Ammons

Shorlette Ammons is a native of Mount Olive, North Carolina, where she grew up in a large family of farmworkers, cooks, and storytellers. She is a former children’s librarian, with a Masters of Library Science (MLS) degree from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC.

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3:15PM - 4:45PM

Trauma Informed Care in Rural Communities

Join Leah Green from the Resource Sharing Project for an interactive workshop on using trauma-informed care to build relationships with sexual assault survivors in rural communities.

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Leah Green

She has been at the Resource Sharing Project since 2014 providing training and technical assistance to state coalitions and rural dual-service programs across the country on issues related to creating sustainable sexual assault services.

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3:15PM - 4:45PM

Making the Right Call: Implementing A Structured Follow-up Process

Evaluation: https://forms.gle/x5eR5HCfAtDEnvYG7

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Tracy Kennedy

Tracy Kennedy is the Executive Director at REAL Crisis Intervention.

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3:15PM - 4:45PM

Beyond Gay vs. Straight: Embracing Diversity in Sexuality

More focused than an LGBTQ 101 but incorporating about 15 minutes of 101 content, this interactive workshop will move beyond the binary of gay vs. straight to collaboratively challenge our biphobia and find concrete strategies to meet the needs of non-monosexual survivors.

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Anole Halper

Anole Halper is a genderqueer neurodivergent social worker, consultant, and writer.

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3:15PM - 4:45PM

Self Care Room: Drawing Out Tenderness

This activity will be most effective if you have paint or a charcoal stick/pencil.

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Alexandria Clay

Alexandria Clay is a fine artist and community engagement liaison living and working in Durham, NC.

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4:45PM-5:00PM

Closing Remarks

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Monika Johnson Hostler

Monika Johnson Hostler is the Executive Director at NCCASA.

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Day Two

12:00-12:15

Welcome, Announcements and a Cultural Offering

Monika Johnson-Hostler, Executive Director at NCCASA, will welcome folks to the 2021 Biennial Conference, Exploring Emergent Strategies for Long-Term Transformation, as well as provide announcements for the day. Chucho Ruiz Vai Sevoi of the Eudeve Tlamanalcah peoples will be sharing a Cultural Offering in the form of ceremonial & traditional songs that invoke ancestral wisdom and healing.

Read More
Jesus “Chucho” Ruiz Vai Sevoi — Eudeve (Opata) Tlamanalcah

In the last five years, Chucho has been intentional in engaging men and boys through his work with CPLC, implementing A Call to Men’s Live Respect Coaching Healthy Manhood curriculum in several local high schools and also collaborating with local organization Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, and specifically with Emerge’s Men Education Program, as a co-facilitator.

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Monika Johnson Hostler

Monika Johnson Hostler is the Executive Director at NCCASA.

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12:15PM - 1:15PM

Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder: What it Means for Your Work

Participants will learn what DID is, how someone develops it, what it feels like to have it, what it looks like from the outside, what the healing process can look like and how you can work with someone who has it.

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Olga Trujillo

Olga is an attorney, trainer, internationally renowned speaker and author who has devoted her career to helping advocates, first responders and others in the field better understand the impact of trauma on survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking and one of the only speakers in the US to address the issue of Dissociative Identity Disorder from a lived experience of diagnoses and healing.

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1:15PM - 3:00PM

Building Resilience: Serving Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Part One

Join Leah Green and Olga Trujillo for a two-part workshop series covering, the impact of trauma from early abuse, the intersection of oppression, healing and what this means for how advocates can help.

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Leah Green

She has been at the Resource Sharing Project since 2014 providing training and technical assistance to state coalitions and rural dual-service programs across the country on issues related to creating sustainable sexual assault services.

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Olga Trujillo

Olga is an attorney, trainer, internationally renowned speaker and author who has devoted her career to helping advocates, first responders and others in the field better understand the impact of trauma on survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking and one of the only speakers in the US to address the issue of Dissociative Identity Disorder from a lived experience of diagnoses and healing.

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1:15PM - 3:00PM

Action & Healing: How a Survivor Advisory Committee & a Survivor Speakers Bureau Will Transform Your Work

Two powerful ways to center survivor voices, improve our services, and educate the public are the Survivor Advisory Committee and the Survivor Speakers Bureau. In this workshop, attendees will learn what these two groups are and what role they can play in your agency.

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Carolyn G. Curtis

Speaker; Sexual Assault Victim Advocate; Prevention Educator; Writer

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Doreen Nichols

Doreen has over 40 years of experience both personally and as a worker in the Anti-Sexual and Domestic Violence Movements.

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1:15PM - 3:00PM

Outreach and Prevention in a Digitally Connected World

This workshop will explore ways in which organizations can provide outreach, education, and prevention using traditional and digital marketing tools in new and innovative ways.

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Kristin Hoenig

Kristin Hoenig is a Sr. Account Manager for WRAL Digital Solutions, working with clients to strategize, execute and optimize their digital marketing campaigns.

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Liz Kline

Liz Kline is a Strategic Account Manager with Capitol Broadcasting Company.

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1:15PM - 3:00PM

Creating Trauma Informed Digital Spaces: Text and Chat Features for working with Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking Survivors

A growing number of intimate partner violence and sexual assault-focused community programs are adding chat and text services to their phone hotlines. These new services are often implemented rapidly and without substantial guidance. In this webinar, we provide information from our National Institute of Justice funded study of SAFEline, SAFE Alliance’s 24-hourchat and text hotline service.

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Dixie Hairston

Dixie Hairston, LMSW, is a Senior Research Coordinator at the Center for Violence Prevention in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

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Leila Wood

Leila Wood, PhD, MSSW(she/her)is assistant professor and the Director of Evaluation at the Center for Violence Prevention Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).

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1:15PM - 3:00PM

Alisha Nissenfeld

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3:15PM - 4:45PM

Building Resilience: Serving Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Part Two

Part two of this workshop series will explore challenges adult survivors of child sexual abuse face in moving through the world as adults.

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Leah Green

She has been at the Resource Sharing Project since 2014 providing training and technical assistance to state coalitions and rural dual-service programs across the country on issues related to creating sustainable sexual assault services.

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Olga Trujillo

Olga is an attorney, trainer, internationally renowned speaker and author who has devoted her career to helping advocates, first responders and others in the field better understand the impact of trauma on survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking and one of the only speakers in the US to address the issue of Dissociative Identity Disorder from a lived experience of diagnoses and healing.

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3:15PM - 4:45PM

Supporting Survivor Reentrants Project: Learning to Serve Those Returning Home

In this workshop Courtney will facilitate a discussion among members of the Supporting Survivor Reentrants project team that will highlight the project’s background, the work of the Local Reentry Council and clients, the needs and challenges of survivors who are “returning home,” and how rape crisis centers can adapt services to support survivor reentrants.

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Anna Wallin

Anna Wallin (she/her/hers) is the Program Evaluator at NCCASA.

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Courtney Dunkerton

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.

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Keith Patterson

Keith Patterson has worked in the Human Service field for over 20 years, addressing the needs of youth and adult populations.

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Rachel Valentine

Rachel Valentine (she/her) currently serves as the Executive Director of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center.

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Stephanie Basakis

Stephanie Basakis (she/her) is the Trauma Care Network Coordinator at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center.

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Tiffany Bullard

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.

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3:15PM - 4:45PM

The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission- a Trauma-Informed Approach to Post Conviction Investigation and Victim Services

The purpose of the Innocence Inquiry Commission’s panel is to discuss the agency’s mission and its process for evaluating claims of innocence, the development of the Commission’s victim services program, and how Commission staff have addressed the challenges the victim services program faced in its first year. This presentation will discuss each topic through the lens of agency capacity and program management.

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Beth Tanner

Beth Tanner joined the Innocence Inquiry Commission as Associate Director in 2017.

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Emma Paul

Emma Paul is the Victim Services Coordinator for the Innocence Inquiry Commission.

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Lindsey Guice Smith

Lindsey Guice Smith has been the Commission’s Executive Director since October 2015.

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3:15PM - 4:45PM

Community Collaboration is a Non-Zero Sum Game

In this session, the founders of Engage Together will provide the information, ideas, and inspiration community stakeholders need to understand how each of them is uniquely positioned to help end and prevent human trafficking, and how together, every need in communities can be met.

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Ashleigh Chapman

Ashleigh S. Chapman, JD is a human rights lawyer and social entrepreneur.

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Alana Flora

Alana has dedicated her life to advocating for the vulnerable and works to catalyze solutions through community collaboration, including in education, legal, nonprofit, government, and community sectors

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3:15PM - 4:45PM

Chris Croft

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5:00-6:00pm

Happy Hour

Join us for our happy hour, hosted by Chef Camorrow Drake! Chef Drake will demonstrate a mixology course, featuring drinks you can make with ingredients found in your participant box! These can be made as mocktails or cocktails.

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4:45PM-5:00PM

Closing Remarks

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Monika Johnson Hostler

Monika Johnson Hostler is the Executive Director at NCCASA.

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Day Three

12:00-12:15

Welcome, Announcements and a Cultural Offering

Monika Johnson-Hostler, Executive Director at NCCASA, will welcome folks to the 2021 Biennial Conference, Exploring Emergent Strategies for Long-Term Transformation, as well as provide announcements for the day. Chucho Ruiz Vai Sevoi of the Eudeve Tlamanalcah peoples will be sharing a Cultural Offering in the form of ceremonial & traditional songs that invoke ancestral wisdom and healing.

Read More
Jesus “Chucho” Ruiz Vai Sevoi — Eudeve (Opata) Tlamanalcah

In the last five years, Chucho has been intentional in engaging men and boys through his work with CPLC, implementing A Call to Men’s Live Respect Coaching Healthy Manhood curriculum in several local high schools and also collaborating with local organization Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, and specifically with Emerge’s Men Education Program, as a co-facilitator.

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Monika Johnson Hostler

Monika Johnson Hostler is the Executive Director at NCCASA.

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12:15PM - 1:15PM

Strengths and Shadows: Susceptibility to Trauma and Building Resilience

We come together with the knowledge that trauma has happened, to take steps for healing, and to build resilience for moving forward.

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Shana Hormann

Dr. Shana Hormann is passionate about working with organizations and communities that have experienced trauma with the intention of promoting health and resilience.

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1:15PM - 3:00PM

Building Individual and Team Resilience

We will explore individual and team Strengths and Shadows to champion our strongest positive qualities, and to shine light on qualities that are too often denied and hidden.

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Shana Hormann

Dr. Shana Hormann is passionate about working with organizations and communities that have experienced trauma with the intention of promoting health and resilience.

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1:15PM - 3:00PM

Taking Care of Our Own: Supervising Survivors

This workshop will give supervisors the opportunity to discuss the challenges and barriers to effectively manage the various needs of survivors in the workplace.

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Deanna Harrington

Deanna came to NCCASA with 10 years of experience working directly in the field at NC Rape Crisis Centers as both a front line advocate and eventually Director.

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Melinda Manning

Melinda Manning, JD, MSW is the director of UNC Hospital’s Beacon program.

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1:15PM - 3:00PM

An Action-Oriented, Historical, Intersectional, and Trauma-Informed Exploration of the Sexual Assault Kit Backlog in North Carolina

Participants will have the opportunity to: explore the NC SAKI dashboard; process the systemic, historical, and cultural reasons that lead to the current backlog; learn about free victim notification tools and financial resources for SAKI survivors; and brainstorm actions they can take in their communities to prevent a future backlog.

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Cynthia Clark

Cynthia Clark, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Victim Advocate has volunteered and worked for Our VOICE, Buncombe County's Rape Crisis and Prevention Center, for over five years.

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Juliette Grimmett

She is Founder of Chrysalis Network and serves as the Sexual Assault Victim Policy Strategist for the NC Department of Justice as part of the DOJ-funded Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant.

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1:15PM - 3:00PM

So You Want to Create an Evidence-Informed Curriculum

In this 90-minute webinar, attendees will learn the differences between emerging practices, promising practices, and best practices, and important steps to take to create an evidence-informed strategy.

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Madison Van Epps

Madison Van Epps is currently working with NCCASA as a webinar and training consultant in human trafficking prevention and education.

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1:15PM - 3:00PM

Nina Jusuf

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3:15PM - 4:45PM

4:45PM-5:00PM

Closing Remarks

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Monika Johnson Hostler

Monika Johnson Hostler is the Executive Director at NCCASA.

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Registration Information

Tickets for the conference are available online through Eventbrite. For more registration information, please visit our events page there.

 

FEES

Current NCCASA Members: $125.00 $90

Non-NCCASA Members: $175.00 $140

Students*: $50.00 $15

One Day: $75.00 $40

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*Full-time Undergraduate Students

Call For Proposals

Our Call for Proposals has ended. Thank you so much to everyone who submitted a proposal.