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.
Join WATCH on Tuesday, November 16th at 11:30am CST (9:30am Pacific, 10:30am Mountain, 12:30pm Eastern) for its webinar training on Providing Feedback to Your Courts with Special Guest: Hennepin County District Court Judge Margaret Daly. 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.
Questions that will be addressed:
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?
“This webinar was extremely helpful and brought my attention to new ideas and issues that I hope to discuss and use when implementing our program.” -Past participant 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 the address listed above. 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.
Join WATCH on Wednesday, September 29th at 11:30am CST (9:30am PST, 10:30am MST, 12:30pm EST) for a one-hour webinar on Managing Court Monitor Volunteers.
Learn skills and strategies to develop and strengthen your court monitoring volunteer program. We will discuss recruitment and retention strategies, developing monitor guidelines and working with problem volunteers. We will also review sample volunteer training curricula, volunteer forms, screening tools and more. Frustrated with volunteers showing up late or not taking accurate notes? Not sure if you should have a dress code? Having concerns about monitors disrupting court? This webinar will answer these and other important court monitor volunteer questions. Special guests from Family Safety Court Watch in Tulsa and the Legal Aid Justice Center in Virginia will join us to discuss their innovative programs that use seniors and law students, respectively, to monitor the courts!
COST: $35 for National Association of Court Monitoring Program members and $50 for non-members. You may pay with a credit card online or mail a check to WATCH at 608 2nd Ave South #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.
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