NC Human Trafficking Commission Meeting (May 21)

The NC Human Trafficking Commission will hold a meeting on Thursday, May 21, from 10 AM to 1 PM.  This meeting is open to the public, and it will be held at the Governor’s Crime Commission, 1201 Front Street, in downtown Raleigh.

Here is a copy of the Public Notice of Meeting on 5.21.15 from the NC Department of Justice.  For more information about the meeting, please contact Assistant Attorney General Narcisa Woods at (919) 716-6938.

Two free webcasts: “How are Our Kids Doing?” (May 12)

On Tuesday, May 12, there will be two free webcasts about children and education.

Webcast #1 will be the release of the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report at 9 AM.  A major goal is for the United States to graduate 90 percent of our high school students by 2020.  The rate has steadily increased, from 79 percent in 2011, to 80 percent in 2012, to 81.4 percent in 2013.  Progress, though, is uneven across communities, states, and social groups.  Researchers behind this report will present key findings and discuss what it will take to reach the 2020 goal of 90 percent graduation.  Register for the free webcast at this link!

Webcast #2 will be a discussion of “The American Dream and Our Kids,” beginning at 1 PM.  Join America’s Promise Alliance founding chair Gen. Colin L. Powell and Harvard University professor and author Dr. Robert Putnam as they discuss opportunity gaps along the pathway to the American Dream and what can be done to fix them.  Register for the free webcast at this link!

The webcasts are free, but space is limited, so please register at the supplied links.  On May 12, be sure to join the conversation and share your thoughts on social media with the hashtag #GradNation.

Nest Foundation creates curriculum to accompany “Playground” documentary

The Nest Foundation recently made a film called “Playground,” a documentary that explores the devastating impact of child sex trafficking in the United States.  The film has been shown in communities across the country and even around the world, and Nest has found that prevention education is our most powerful investment in the effort to stop child sexual exploitation and trafficking.

At every screening, a common question was asked by members of the audience:  “How do we get this film into high schools?”  The average age of a child trafficked for sex is 13, and if children are not aware of the signs of potential perpetrators, they may end up becoming victims.

In December 2014, Nest launched a new curriculum about preventing sexual exploitation.  This high school curriculum focuses on 4 crucial topics:  breaking down sexual exploitation and trafficking; deconstructing media and advertising that send the wrong messages about sexuality; encouraging students to be smart about what they share on social media; and encouraging youth action and citizenship so that students can be heard.

The curriculum was piloted in Portland, OR, and data from Nest’s 2014 Annual Report revealed intriguing data:  87 percent of students were able to recognize trafficking as a form of modern-day slavery; 88 percent of students recognized the role pop culture plays in sustaining the sex industry; and 95 percent of students felt equipped to take action within their communities to prevent exploitation and trafficking.

The data shows the importance of education in the prevention of human trafficking and modern-day slavery, and “Playground” is a documentary that gives strong support in teaching the public about how to recognize it and how to ultimately prevent it.  The Nest Foundation is currently looking at other cities across the country for implementation of its new curriculum, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Dallas, and New York.  With the curriculum, Nest hopes to arm a generation of our youth to stay safe and smart in their own environments!  You can join the conversation on their Facebook and Twitter pages, and you can find out more about the documentary’s impact summary at nestfoundation.org.

JLR Conference (May 2)

The Junior League of Raleigh is hosting its second annual Empowering Women’s Conference.  The conference will be on Saturday, May 2, from 8 AM to 2:30 PM at the Center for Community Leadership (711 Hillsborough St) in Raleigh.

The keynote speaker of the event will be Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run.  Established in Charlotte in 1996, this non-profit organization provides young girls with the necessary skills to embrace their individual strengths and successfully navigate life experiences.  Girls on the Run is now in over 200 cities across North America, thanks to the help of over 120,000 volunteers!

The JLR conference on May 2 is a free event, and complimentary breakfast and lunch are included.  Anyone interested in attending may register at www.jlraleigh.org.

SEAHEC Workshop on Human Trafficking (April 20)

The South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) in Wilmington is offering a one-day workshop on human trafficking.  This workshop will address its prevalence, characteristics of victims, and resources available for referral and treatment.

The target audience of this workshop is psychologists, nurses, counselors, social workers, and any other professional within the field of health.  Upon completion of the workshop, attendees should be able to identify the characteristics of a human trafficking victim, identify state laws pertaining to victims and perpetrators, recognize health care needs of victims, and list community resources available to victims and professionals.

The workshop will take place on Monday, April 20, from 8:30 AM to 3:15 PM at SEAHEC (2511 Delaney Avenue) in Wilmington.  This course offers professional health care credits, such as 5 contact hours, 5 nursing contact hours, the Category A NC Psychology Credit, and 5 hours of the National Board for Certified Counselors Credit.

An event flyer and registration form are supplied here in this PDF file.  Interested participants may also register online at SEAHEC’s event page.  For more event information, please contact Amanda Miller at (910) 667-9348 or at Amanda.miller@seahec.net.

Video series for National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  The Children’s Bureau and the National Child Abuse Prevention Partners are offering a video series this month called Connections.

The series of videos will be released every Wednesday, and topics will include strategies for abuse prevention, promoting research, and strengthening families and communities.  Tomorrow (April 1) beginning at 2:30 PM EDT, Children’s Bureau Associate Commissioner JooYeun Chang will kick off the series with a live web conference discussing the important prevention components of the FY2016 President’s Budget request for the Administration for Children and Families.  Anyone interested in participating can join the discussion at https://esi.adobeconnect.com/cbsession.

More information on National Child Abuse Prevention Month, including tips, tools and resources, can be accessed on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website.

Upcoming events from WomenNC (March 25, April 9, April 25)

Here is some information about three upcoming events from WomenNC!

1:  Research Findings: NC Women’s Political Participation (March 25)

Faculty from Meredith College’s History & Political Science departments will share the findings of a report on the status of women in North Carolina politics and will announce the results of the first-ever political poll conducted by Meredith College faculty and students.  The event will address the problem of women’s under-representation in North Carolina politics and will propose solutions to addressing this issue.

This event is open to the public, and it will take place on Wednesday, March 25, from 10:00 AM to noon at the Kresge Auditorium on the campus of Meredith College (3800 Hillsborough St) in Raleigh.

2:  Global-to-Local: 2015 Fellows’ Reflections from the United Nations and the 4th Annual Carolyn King Scholarship Award (April 9)

This event will feature reflections and insights on the global status of women.  In March, WomenNC sponsored seven select university students to participate and present at the United Nations 59th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. This year’s CSW theme focused on “Implementing the Beijing Platform For Action,” reflecting on the progress made in the past 20 years since the landmark declaration was adopted in 1995.  You can find biographies of the 2015 fellowship students at www.womennc.org/un-csw-fellowship/2015-fellowship.

Also at this event, the fourth annual Carolyn King Scholarship Award will be presented to the 2015 WomenNC fellow who has most exemplified the determination and strength of conviction for social justice.

This event will take place on Thursday, April 9, from 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM at the FedEx Global Education Center (301 Pittsboro St) on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.  The event is open to the public, but space is limited, so everyone interested in attending should register by April 7 by visiting the CSW Symposium’s EventBrite page.

3:  Reading of Teach a Woman to Fish (April 25)

WomenNC is proudly co-sponsoring Ritu Sharma’s book reading of Teach a Woman to Fish.  Sharma is the co-founder and former president of Women Thrive Worldwide, a non-profit women’s advocacy group that brings women’s voices from around the world to decision makers in Washington, DC.  Her book vividly describes women around the world and how they are striving to overcome poverty.  It also calls readers to action in joining the global struggle for equality and opportunity for women and girls.

This free event will take place on Saturday, April 25, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Quail Ridge Books (3522 Wade Avenue) in Raleigh.

For any questions about these upcoming events, or if you would like to get involved in WomenNC, please contact the organization at info@womennc.org