Secretary of State Elaine Marshall appointed president of National Association of Secretaries of State

PATH NC would like to congratulate NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall on her appointment as the new president of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS)!

Secretary of State Marshall replaces former Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, who took office as governor of Oregon on February 18, following former Oregon governor John Kitzhaber’s resignation.  As the new president of NASS, Marshall will serve out the remainder of Brown’s original term of office, ending in July.

Marshall continues to support ending forms of exploitation within our state and beyond.   She is a supporter and friend to PATH NC, and we wish her the best in her recent appointment!

Founded in 1904, NASS is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the US. Its members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, and Puerto Rico. NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. The association has key initiatives in the areas of elections and voting, state business services, digital archiving, international relations and state securities regulation, as well as several well-established awards programs.

PreventConnect’s 2015 Web Conference series (beginning February 26)

PreventConnect is pleased to announce the 2015 series of web conferences!

This year’s series is titled Making Connections, Honoring Communities. Partner Prevention Institute and invited guests speakers will join PreventConnect to talk about linking sexual and domestic violence prevention efforts to related efforts and movements, as well as strategies for creating healthy, thriving communities.

The first web conference of 2015 is “Using Popular Education to Engage Communities in Sexual Violence Prevention.”  It is scheduled for Thursday, February 26, from 2 PM to 3:30 PM EST.  Topics will encompass the basic principles and practices of popular education, as well as identifying ways to engage communities in sexual violence prevention through popular education.

Guest speakers in this free web conference will be Roberto Tijerina, a trainer at the Wayside Center for Popular Education; Morgan J. Curtis, LMSW, Deputy Director at the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA); and Tim Love, Prevention Program Director at TAASA.  All interested participants can register by clicking on this link, and for updates on the rest of this year’s web conference series, stay tuned by checking back at PreventConnect’s 2015 Web Conference Series page!



Concerts for a Cause (March 15)

Join ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now for a special Concert for a Cause on Sunday, March 15 at 4 PM at the Kirk of Kildaire (200 High Meadow Drive) in Cary.

The performer will be Joshua Carswell, a winner of the American Traditions Competition.  Joshua is a frequent performer of commercial music, musical theater, and opera.  He has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall and on the Grand Ole Opry.  He has also performed with local symphonies and operas, as well as the award-winning Annie Moses Band!

Bring your family and friends to this free event open to the public on March 15!  Donations are graciously accepted, and all proceeds will benefit ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now.

WomenNC Fellowship Dinner (February 19)

WomenNC is holding its 6th annual Local-to-Global dinner forum on Thursday, February 19.  The event will take place from 5 PM to 8:30 PM at the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus (1070 Partners Way) in Raleigh.

From 5-6:30, there will be a reception and fundraising raffle, and the dinner and program will go from 6:30-8:30.  The event’s keynote speaker will be Annie E. Clark, writer, spokesperson, and co-founder of End Rape on Campus, an organization supporting sexual assault survivors.

As well as being a contributor to MSNBC and the Huffington Post, Ms. Clark also worked on a recent documentary film called “The Hunting Ground,” which highlights the lives of sexual assault survivors.  The documentary has been named one of the five game-changing documentaries of the year!  It debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and it will be in theaters on February 27.  You can view the film’s trailer at the following YouTube link.

The fellowship dinner is open only to paid registrants, so if you are interested in attending, please RSVP by Sunday, February 15!  To register and purchase tickets, please visit the Eventbrite page supplied in the link.  For any questions about the event, please contact the WomenNC Events Committee at (919) 744-4778, or email them at

New seminar available: Studying the Impact of the Internet and Social Media on Sex Trafficking

Presented by Dr. Nicole Bryan, Director of CSR Initiatives with the Runaway & Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC), a new web seminar is available called “Studying the Impact of the Internet and Social Media on Sex Trafficking.

Objectives in this webinar are to show:

  • Runaway and homeless youth agencies represent the front line, face real challenges, offer opportunities to build trust, are uniquely positioned to facilitate dialogue, have important ground-truth to contribute, possess varying capacities and knowledge sets, and require a seat at the table in resource planning, research and engagement.
  • The relationship between sex trafficking and technology is far from transparent.  Attention to detail and listening-to-understand is critical.   Sex trafficking is not new yet new forms of technology-facilitated exploitation are emerging.  Dynamic adaptation and inclusion are critical.
  • Youth-inclusive, evidence-based approaches, sensitive to nuance and agile enough to embrace different iterations, offer advantages over fear-based policy.  Holistic responses that address interdependencies, embrace well-being, are mindful of unintended consequences and the dangers of moral hazard and moral panic, offer prudent alternatives to zero-tolerance policy and zero-sum, one-size-fits-all thinking.

To access the pretest and webinar, please click on the following link:

Help Shape a Federal Immigrant & Refugee Integration Strategy

Last November, the President created a White House Task Force on New Americans.  Its goal is to develop a federal immigrant and refugee integration strategy that allows new Americans to contribute to society to their fullest potential and bring new Americans together with their receiving communities to strengthen other communities.

The White House recently issued a Blog post highlighting the creation of the Task Force.  Additionally, the blog serves as a CALL FOR IDEAS to help shape the focus of the federal immigration and refugee integration strategy.  By March, the Task Force will submit a plan to President Obama that includes recommendations for federal actions to promote the integration of new Americans. In developing this plan, the Task Force needs to hear from you.

An email account has been created to collect these ideas.  Please send your ideas, big or small, to by February 9, 2015

Showing of UN Film “I Am a Girl” (February 20)

Come to the Cameron Village Public Library on Friday, February 20, for a free showing of the documentary I Am a Girl.”

This film tells the stories of six girls from around the world trying to live extraordinary lives in places where girls and women often don’t matter.

Join the Africana Studies Program, the Women’s & Gender Studies Program, the Women’s Center, and the North Carolina Chapter of UN Women for this free showing!  It will take place on the 2nd floor of the Cameron Village Public Library, beginning at 6 PM on February 20.  We hope to see you there!