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.


Wake County Childhood Injury/Violence Prevention Networking Event (June 18)

Join us for the 2nd Annual Wake County Childhood Injury and Violence Prevention Networking Event!  It will take place on Thursday, June 18, from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Local Government Federal Credit Union Conference Center (323 W. Jones St.) in downtown Raleigh.

The event is the official launch of the Skills & Knowledge for Injury Prevention Partners (SKIPP) – supported by the John Rex Endowment.  The SKIPP Project will provide networking and training opportunities to injury and violence prevention practitioners who serve children and youth in Wake County.

Keynote speaker Alan Dellapenna, Jr., is the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch Head of the NC Division of Public Health.  He will share insights on how the field of injury and violence prevention has grown over the years, as well as discussing statewide efforts on the issue.  Break-out sessions during the event will also allow attendees to network and share with others about applying evidence-informed strategies to prevent child and youth injury.

This event is free, but space is limited.  Anyone interested in attending should register by June 11 at the following link:  https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ezyrBIj0v5GC1UN.  For more information, please contact Robert LeTourneau at robert_letourneau@unc.edu.

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.

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.

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!



PreventConnect’s 2014 Web Conference series (beginning March 25)

National project PreventConnect is pleased to share its 2014 series of web conferences!

This year’s web conferences focus on the theme, Joining our fellow travelers.   Throughout the year, members of PreventConnect and the Prevention Institute will focus on how sexual and domestic violence preventionists work within our communities.

The first web conference in this year’s series is Foundations in Prevention, scheduled for Tuesday, March 25, from 2-3:30 PM EDT.  This introductory web conference will review the fundamentals of a public health approach to preventing violence.  Main topics will include identifying the elements of a public health approach to preventing sexual and domestic violence; articulating the differences between primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention and providing examples of effective primary prevention strategies; and engaging in a candid discussion about how to shift the five identified norms that contribute to sexual and domestic violence.

Join Prevention Institute’s Annie Lyles along with special guests for this introductory web conference.  You can register to participate in the event by clicking on this link, and check back at http://www.preventconnect.org/2014/03/2014_web_conference_series/ for future updates on the rest of 2014’s web conference series.

Sign Polaris Project’s H.R. 3344 petition!

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, but we can do more.  You can act today to prevent labor trafficking.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people coming to work in the US on visas are put at greater risk of labor trafficking by unchecked labor recruiters.  Abusive recruiters prey on workers by charging fees and tricking them into exploitative jobs that pay a fraction of the national minimum wage.  These workers end up with insufficient wages for basic needs, and they become trapped, unable to return home to see their families.

A proposed bill that will crack down on these abusive recruiters is H.R. 3344, the Fraudulent Overseas Recruitment and Trafficking Elimination (FORTE) Act.  This legislation will ensure:

– No more lying in contracts
– No more excessive fees
– More oversight of recruiters

H.R. 3344 will require third-party foreign labor recruiters to register with the Department of Labor, and it will also require labor recruiters to provide explicit information, including the identity and addresses of both the recruiter and the employer, terms and conditions of employment, and an explanation that significant changes cannot be made to the original contract without adequate notice and the voluntary consent of the worker.

You can act to prevent future labor trafficking by telling Congress to pass H.R. 3344.  Click here to access the Polaris Project’s petition and to contact your local Congressional members about this issue.