A CALL TO MEN 2015 National Conference (Sept. 10 and 11)

Sponsored in part by the Carolina Panthers and the NFL, A CALL TO MEN will be holding its annual national conference in Charlotte this year.  The event, titled “Sports Culture:  Advancing its Role in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention,” will take place on Thursday, Sept. 10 and Friday, Sept. 11 at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel (3315 Scott Futrell Drive) in Charlotte.

Topics covered at the conference will include coaching healthy respectful manhood, trafficking and major sporting events, addressing violence against women in the entertainment/music industry, the role of faith communities in domestic violence prevention, and many more.  Presenters at the two-day event will include Jennifer Siebel Newsom, founder of the Representation Project; Rachel Lloyd, founder/CEO of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services; Lynn Rosenthal, former White House advisor on violence against women; and Mildred Muhammad, author and domestic abuse survivor.

To register for this event, please visit the EventBrite page at actm2015nationalconference.eventbrite.com.  For any additional questions, please contact Danielle Erwin at Danielle@acalltomen.org.

A CALL TO MEN is a leading national violence prevention organization providing training and education for men, boys and communities. The organization’s aim is to shift social norms that negatively impact our culture and promote a more healthy and respectful definition of manhood.


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.

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.

FREE 8 part Substance Abuse & Trauma webinar series (December 12)

The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health is pleased to announce a new webinar later this month, titled “Empowerment: Survivors of DV/SA in Recovery Define Success and Share What Works.” 

This is the final installment of an 8-part series focused on the areas of substance abuse, trauma, and domestic violence.  The first step toward creating a safer environment is listening to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  During this webinar, panel members from the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence‘s Women in Recovery Caucus will share their experience and their options on providing ways to reduce service barriers often experienced by survivors.

This webinar will take place on Thursday, December 12 from 3:00-4:30 PM.  It is free of charge, and you can click here to register.  You can also click on this link to access the rest of the series.

Shedding Light on Child Trafficking in NC (January 23-24)

Save the date January 23-24, 2014!

Please join On Eagles Wings Ministries, ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now, and PATH NC for the upcoming NC Against Child Trafficking statewide conference, “Shedding Light on Child Trafficking in NC.”  The event will be hosted by the Edenton Street United Methodist Church at 228 W. Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh.

Our target audience will be professionals and volunteers who work with youth in North Carolina.  Topics addressed in this two-day conference will include ways to recognize and respond to human trafficking, state legislation regarding human trafficking, and ways to collaborate with organizations who are geared toward preventing trafficking.

We will also have numerous speakers and presenters.  Confirmed speakers include Dr. Sharon Cooper of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children; detective Bill Woolf of the Fairfax County (VA) Police Department; Alesia Adams of the Salvation Army of Atlanta; Sarah Pomeroy of the Prevention Project in Richmond, VA; New Hanover County Assistant District Attorney Lindsey Roberson; Emily Fitchpatrick of On Eagles Wings Ministries; and Salvation Army of Wake County case managers Megan Hamilton and Jessica Porta.

Registration is open now until December 19, so please visit www.ncagainstchildtrafficking.com for more information.

National Missing Children’s Day (MAY 25)

May 25 was first proclaimed National Missing Children’s Day by Ronald Reagan, and it has been recognized every year since 1983.

National Missing Children’s Day is dedicated to helping parents and guardians give priority to the safety and well-being of our children.  It serves as a reminder to continue efforts in reuniting missing children with their parents.

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) has supplied a Missing Children Special Feature online resource for National Missing Children’s Day.  Take a few minutes to visit this link, and you will gain valuable knowledge about AMBER alerts, publications for families and law enforcement, and general statistics.

Established in 1972, the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is a federally funded resource offering justice and drug-related information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.


The North Carolina General Assembly is also doing its part to help increase the safety of children in our state.

HB 149, also known as “Caylee’s Law,”  was passed and Governor Pat McCrory signed it into law on May 17, 2013.  “Caylee’s Law” will speed the rescue of missing children by requiring mandatory reporting of missing children after 24 hours.