The Twin Cities is among the nation's 13 largest centers for sex trafficking of children. In a concerted effort to combat this disturbing trend, business and nonprofit leaders, law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates, and private funders are working to design a field-leading intervention model to eliminate the sex trafficking of Minnesota girls. Cutting-edge programs - like the women's Foundation of Minnesota's MN Girls Are Not For Sale campaign and Carlson's training protocol to help Radisson Hotel employees spot and report trafficking activities - are leading the way in this fight.
The Women of Color Network (WOCN) is hosting the 2012 National Call to Action Institute and Conference on July 9-13, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota. This more centralized location will increase accessibility to the Midwest and Western Regions.
This National Institute and Conference is the result of over 25 national Call to Action Calls that began in April 2007 with over 700 women of color, male and mainstream advocates across the country to raise awareness regarding the workplace challenges that women of color advocates and activists face in their violence against women programs and the lack of women of color leadership within the anti-violence against women movement as a whole.
Our theme is "Collective Empowerment, Collective Liberation", with the purpose of:
Uniting women of color across ethnicity, race, age,citizenship, sexual orientation, disability, body type, faith, discipline, and locality for collective survival.
Encouraging Aspiring Allies to support women of color leadership and aim for collective liberation in challenging racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, agesim, and other forms of oppression and bias.
Join WATCH on Tuesday, May 24th at 1pm CST (11am Pacific, 12pm Mountain, 2pm Eastern) for its webinar training on Providing Feedback to Your Criminal Justice System. This one-hour workshop will examine how to provide direct feedback, information and suggestions to criminal justice system staff in order to improve the system.
The webinar will answer questions such as: How do you approach a prosecutor with questions or feedback on a case? Is it useful to contact a judge who has ignored your feedback previously? What do you do when a clerk has been rude to a victim? When is it appropriate to contact a supervisor or to file a formal complaint?
COST: $35 for National Association of Court Monitoring Program members and $50 for non-members. You may pay with a credit card online or send a check to: WATCH 608 2nd Ave S, #465 Minneapolis, MN 55402 *If paying by check, please include the name of the webinar you are registering for, as well as a phone number, mailing address, and e-mail contact.
Twin Ports Take Back the Night is a free community event to raise awareness about violence against women and children. Our event starts with a rally, featuring music, dance, and other performances. We will then take to the streets and march in solidarity. We end the night with a speak out for survivors.
Join us at 1pm CST on March 29 for a webinar on writing defendant chronologies. Chronologies are written histories of an offender's life of crime that WATCH publishes in its newsletter. Chronologies are used to highlight gaps in the legal system, document escalating levels of violence, and make recommendations for improvement. This webinar is a step-by-step guide to creating your own defendant chronologies. Topics include choosing a defendant, obtaining court records, and organizing and publishing your data. COST: $35 for National Association of Court Monitoring Program members and $50 for non-members.
This training will provide victim advocates and allied professionals with knowledge and skills to help address the needs of LGBTQ victims of crime. The training includes information about LGBTQ identities; language and terminology; bias, stigma, and discrimination issues; crisis response; impact of trauma; legal responses; and strategies to best work with LGBTQ survivors of crime.
Why throw a party in honor of consensual sex, you ask? Here's why!
It is necessary to talk about sexual assault and learn more about preventing it. It is necessary to educate the community on the importance of consent. The absence of "no" does not equal "yes." The line between "no" and "yes" is too often blurred by miscommunication or refusal to listen, and worse, the lack of communication has even amde this topic uncomfortable to discuss.
Consent requires an enthusiastic and FREELY GIVEN "YES!" Every. Single. Time.
By having events such as the I <3 Consensual Sex party, targeted specifically to college-aged youth, we intentionally create a public, light-hearted atmosphere to reduce the discomfort surrounding discussions on the otherwise serious topic of sexual assault. We ulitmately hope to create a context in which people can communicate about sex in way that reduces the violence and coercion that often surrounds sexual expression.
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