Sexual Violence Prevention E-News

February 10, 2010
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In this issue:
1. Sexual Violence Prevention Network Meeting (and Videoconference): Sexual Violence and People with Disabilities: Problem and Prevention, Friday, February 26, 2010, St. Paul, MN
2. Sex Trafficking of American Indian Women and Girls, March 5, 2010, Bemidji, MN
3. The 15th Annual International Women's Day Celebration March 6, 2010, Minneapolis, MN
4.

What Brain Science Tells Us About Raising Successful, Healthy Kids, April 27, 2010, Blaine, MN


5.

Stop Porn Culture: An International Feminist Anti-Pornography Conference, June 12-13, 2010, Boston, MA


6. Effort to Connect Men in Ending Sexual and Domestic Violence, throughout North America
7. New book: Beyond the Mirror
8. New Study Sheds Light on Partner Violence and Reproductive Coercion
9. Call for Volunteers for Not For Sale Event
10. Employment Opportunity: Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center
11. Funding Alert
12. Calendar

1. Sexual Violence Prevention Network Meeting (and Videoconference): Sexual Violence and People with Disabilities: Problem and Prevention, Friday, February 26, 2010, St. Paul, MN

Please come to the next meeting of the Sexual Violence Prevention Network,

a quarterly gathering to support information sharing, networking and collaboration.

Co-hosted by: the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault; the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Justice Programs; and the Minnesota Department of Health, Sexual Violence Prevention Program

Friday, February 26, 2009, 9:50 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Snelling Office Park, 1645 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul, MN

Directions: http://www.health.state.mn.us/about/sop.html#location

(Lunch will be provided at this meeting site only – not the videoconference sites - registration

for all sites is required)

 

Videoconference sites include St. Paul and the MDH District Offices:

Bemidji, Marshall, Duluth, Rochester, Fergus Falls, St. Cloud, and Mankato.

 

ADDITIONAL CONFERENCE SITES HAVE BEEN ADDED.

THIS PRESENTATION WILL BE OFFERED AT THE FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT OFFICES:

Brainerd (Crow Wing)

Crookston (Polk)

Detroit Lakes (Becker)

Faribault (Rice)

Glencoe (McLeod)

  Moorhead (Clay)

  Mora (Kanabec)

  Red Wing (Goodhue)

  Rochester (Olmsted)

  Worthington (Nobles)

 

For information and to RSVP (required) e-mail doug.palmer@state.mn.us

 

Only the presentation portion of the meeting will be videoconferenced (from 10:15 a.m-12:15 p.m.).

We encourage those attending in greater MN videoconference sites to bring your lunches and

stay after the presentation portion to further discuss prevention activities to pursue

and champion in your community.

 

Registration is required for all locations (by Tuesday, February 24, 2010).

E-mail Doug Palmer indicating your name, contact information, and which location you will be attending. If a special accommodation is needed, please indicate the type of accommodation requested, as well.

 

Topic:

Sexual Violence and People with Disabilities:

Problem and Prevention

 

The focus of this workshop is to examine the problem of sexual violence of people with disabilities within the framework of the Spectrum of Prevention. The information provided about the problem in relationship to people with disabilities is meant to supplement what victim advocates already know about sexual violence. Participants will develop an understanding of the problem at multiple system levels. Specific strategies for primary prevention will be presented for each of the six levels of prevention with an opportunity for participants to share their own ideas for primary prevention.


Presenter: Dr. Nancy Fitzsimons has over 20 years working and collaborating with people with developmental and other disabilities. She developed disability abuse prevention curriculum for the State of Illinois. She was the project director of three federal grants dealing with disability violence and abuse prevention. She co-authored an on-line curriculum and authored the accompanying workbook for training police officers in Minnesota about victimization of people with disabilities titled Shadow Victims: Crimes Against People with Disabilities. She authored a book published by Paul H. Brookes in March 2009 titled Combating Violence and Abuse of People with Disabilities: A Call to Action. Nancy is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Minnesota State University, Mankato and the director of the Master of Social Work program.

 

Agenda:

9:50 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Registration
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Welcome, Introductions
10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Presentation (videoconferenced portion of meeting)
12:15 p.m. - 12:45 - Lunch and small group discussions
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. – Prevention Action Activities
1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. – Resource Sharing, Networking, Wrap up and Evaluations


***(Please be sure to bring resources to announce/share)***
Anyone interested in or working in the field of sexual violence prevention is WELCOME TO ATTEND.

 



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2. Sex Trafficking of American Indian Women and Girls, March 5, 2010, Bemidji, MN

Sex Trafficking of American Indian Women and Girls, March 5, 2010, Bemidji, MN

 

American Indian Resource Center (Bemidji State University)

9:00 am -11:00 am Friday, March 5, 2010

 

Suzanne Koepplinger Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center www.miwrc.org , will present on the recently release study “Shattered Hearts”.  The presentation will offer an overview of the issue of trafficking, what is happening in Minnesota, and a focus on how this issue is impacting American Indian communities.

 

For more information or questions about the event contact the Sexual Assault Program www.sapbchc.org at 218-444-9524 or by email at sapbchc@paulbunyan.net.

 

Sponsors include: BSU Social Work Department, The Evergreen House, Ours to Serve House of Hospitality, Red Lake Homeless Shelter and Sexual Assault Program of Beltrami, Cass & Hubbard Counties

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3. The 15th Annual International Women's Day Celebration March 6, 2010, Minneapolis, MN

The Advocates for Human Rights and the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota Present:

The 15th Annual International Women's Day Celebration

International Women’s Day

March 6, 2010, University of Minnesota, Coffman Memorial Union

 

For more information and to register for this free conference, link to The Advocates for Human Rights: http://www.mnadvocates.org/International_Womens_Day_Celebration.html

 

Agenda:

8:00 - 9:00 Registration

9:00 - 10:15 Welcome, drumHeart performance, and keynote presentation by Leymah Gbowee (http://theadvocatesforhumanrights.org/keynote_speaker_2.html, http://www.womensdrumcenter.org)

10:30 - 11:45 Workshops

11:45 - 12:30 Lunch, exhibits, and vendors

12:30 - 1:00 Twin Cities Women's Choir performance (http://www.twincitieswomenschoir.org/)

1:15 - 2:30 Workshops

2:45 - 4:00 "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" film screening and closing remarks (http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com/v3/)

 

Workshops:

Women Challenge the Media: End the Sexualization of Girls and Young Women in Mainstream Media

Children are exposed to a barrage of sexual and violent images through media of all kinds in mainstream society. TV commercials, movie box covers, music lyrics and even Halloween costumes all contribute to the exploitation of young girls. This interactive workshop will draw on the real life experiences of young women and girls and analyze the impact of media on their rights from an international human rights framework, specifically the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. Participants will discuss practical ideas for taking action to stop the mainstreaming of the sexual exploitation of young girls and provide resources for those who want to learn more about the rights of girls and women. Presenters: Kathy Seipp, The Advocates for Human Rights, and Mackenzie Ellis, Apple Valley High School

Constitutional Protection for Gender Equality: Is an ERA Still Necessary for Minnesota, the U.S. and the World?

Do women have fully protected equality in Minnesota? In the U.S? Why hasn’t the United States ratified the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the world’s most complete international agreement on basic human rights for women? 

Join us as we discuss a growing movement in Minnesota to resurrect the state ERA to be finally added to the Minnesota Constitution in the November 2010 elections. Learn about the federal ERA: the history, why it's still necessary and the current strategies to get a new amendment into the U.S. Constitution.  Also learn about the prospects for U.S. Senate ratification of CEDAW in the coming year and what difference ratification might make for Minnesota women. Presenters: M. Kathleen Murphy, Minnesota CAFE (Constitutional Amendment For Equality) Coalition, Lisa C. Stratton, University of Minnesota Law School, and Jill Gaulding, University of Minnesota Law School

The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Family Homelessness

Why is homelessness among women and children on the rise? What does domestic violence have to do with homelessness and how can you make a difference? Come and learn about the impact of domestic violence on women and children and how this often results in homelessness and the lack of visibility about this issue in our community. Our panel of experts will talk about the work being done to empower women and children experiencing homelessness, the links with physical and sexual assault, and what you can do to make a difference. The audience will also be able to experience firsthand a groundbreaking program that is working today to change lives. There are solutions to this issue – we hope you will join us. Presenters: Trisha Cummins Kauffman, Jo Kurzmann, Kathy Blegen-Huntley, East Metro Women's Council

Why Indigenous Women View Women's Rights Differently

This workshop explains and explores how factors such as colonization, capitalism, globalization, nationalism, and paternalistic development have impacted indigenous women. Human rights violations for indigenous women are not based solely on their sex, but are intertwined with other aspects of their identity. In order to challenge the human rights violations of indigenous women, one must understand how these differ from other women. A different set of threats face indigenous women. The workshop will explore the issue of violence against women. It will also look at similarities of U.S. Native Americans and other indigenous populations. Presenters: Maureen L. White Eagle, Partners for Women's Equality, and Dr. Bianet Castellanos, American Studies, University of Minnesota

Minnesota's Report Card: A Post-Beijing Snapshot

What progress has the U.S. made on the 12-point Beijing Platform in the past 15 years? Hint: We do NOT lead the world on many fronts. The presenters will offer a whirlwind review, with special focus on Minnesota and the National Gender and Equity Campaign. To aid in participants' view of the "big picture," presenters will introduce resources including the Minnesota Women's Action Plan, share a tangible example of the impact of the Beijing World Women's Conference for Asian American women and their communities, and highlight materials from networks of Native American and Latina women. Presenters: Bonnie Watkins,Minnesota Women's Consortium and Bo Thao-Urabe, Asian Americans-Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)

Immigration Relief Specific to Immigrant Women and Children

Immigration Law provides several categories of relief that are specific to vulnerable women and children. This workshop will introduce and explore the humanitarian types of relief available under current immigration law, including available relief for victims of crime such as domestic and sexual assault, for women who have been or are likely to be persecuted, and remedies available to juveniles. Specific areas of immigration law that will be covered include asylum, VAWA, U visas, T visas and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. This session is broad in nature and appropriate for those with little of no knowledge of immigration law. Presenters: Sheila Stuhlman and Cynthia Anderson, Immigrant Law Center of MN

Empowering Women in the United Nations: Gender Equity Architecture Reform (GEAR)

This workshop will explore the formation of the UN's latest body on women's rights, GEAR. We will have an explanation of what it does and why it's different and important. We will then have a mock meeting of this new body with students playing members of the body and students representing member states being questioned by the body. We will explore the women's rights issues being addressed at present by the body. There will be audience interaction with questions throughout the workshop. Presented by: United Nations Student Association, University of Minnesota

Women and Climate Change

When natural disasters strike, they hit poor communities first and worst. And since women make up an estimated 70 percent of those living below the poverty line, they are most likely to bear the heaviest burdens. At the same time, women are often left out of the conversation about adapting to climate change, even though they are sometimes in the best position to provide solutions. Our workshop will discuss these issues, show what women around the world are doing to cope, and talk about the current climate change legislation. Participants will be presented the opportunity to partake in a variety of action items. Presenters: Jessica Lettween, Leah Sedler, and Lucy Camacho, Oxfam Action Corps-MN

"Beyond the Mirror": Understanding and Responding to Domestic Abuse through Poetry and Dialogue

This innovative, interactive workshop utilizes poetry from the book Beyond the Mirror, by local writer Marlene Jezierski, to illuminate abuse victim experiences of psychological abuse. The workshop will include:

•         Dynamics of violent relationships focusing on psychological abuse

•         Poetry reading

•         Group discussion

•         How individuals and communities can respond

•         Tools for individual and community action

The poetry is effective in engaging and motivating participants. While the poetry is a valuable tool for presenters to frame this issue, its power lies in its ability to fuel ongoing dialogue and provide an answer to the question, “But what can I do?”  Presenters: Marlene Jezierski, author, and Amy Highness, Alexandra House

Voices of Middle East Women on Peace, Justice, and Human Rights

Listen to voices of women from the Middle East through interviews conducted by the presenter and the women's own writings.  Women of Israel and Palestine will address the issues that affect their human rights and how violence affects their daily lives.  Hear live from at least one woman who now makes her home in the United States and the effects that her experiences in the Middle East have in her life now. Receive resources to further inform yourself and several ideas you can use to help women who are in need of your voice to advocate for their human rights. Presenters: Kathy Adam, Middle East Peace Now,  Duaa Azem, and Gaida Azem

Health Care Reform from Dollars to Sense - Are We There Yet?

The World Health Organization ranks the U.S. first in healthcare expenditure, but 37th in overall performance and 72nd by overall health among 191 nations. Women, minorities and seniors in the U.S. pay disproportionately more than their counterparts. The Older Women’s League (OWL) has advocated “Medicare for All” since 1980. OWL and doctors from Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition (MUHCC) explain progress on women’s access to care in recent federal and state legislation, and their current experience in Minnesota.  This session will inform women of local and national resources for the right to health.  Presenters: Janet Asancheyev, Older Women’s League of MN, Susan Hasti, MD, and Amy Lange, RN, Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition

 

For more information and to register for this free conference, link to The Advocates for Human Rights: http://www.mnadvocates.org/International_Womens_Day_Celebration.html 

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4.

What Brain Science Tells Us About Raising Successful, Healthy Kids, April 27, 2010, Blaine, MN

What Brain Science Tells Us About Raising Successful, Healthy Kids, April 27, 2010, Blaine, MN

 

The Anoka County Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) is pleased to announce that Dr. David Walsh will be returning to Anoka County on April 27!  Based on his new book to be released in Fall 2010, Parenting with the Brain in Mind: What Brain Science Tells Us About Raising Successful, Healthy Kids, Dr. Walsh will translate the latest findings from brain science into practical strategies professionals can use in their work with children, teens and families. The event will take place on:

April 27, 2010

12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Schwan’s Center, 1700 105th Avenue, N., Blaine, MN

Cost: $25

 

We will also be hosting a free community event in the evening of the same day from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  More information will be available in early March. Registration will not be required for the evening event.

 

The last time Dr. Walsh presented in Anoka County, over 100 professionals and 400 community members attended!  We look to have similar numbers as he talks about his new work in the field of raising successful, healthy children.  The CAPC would like to thank our partners in sponsoring this event as part of April/Prevent Child Abuse Month activities:  Connexus Energy and the Statewide Health Improvement Program/Anoka County Community Health & Environmental Services.

 

For more information contact:

Donna McDonald, Violence Prevention Coordinator

Alliance for a Violence Free Anoka County Anoka County Community Health

donna.mcdonald@co.anoka.mn.us 

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5.

Stop Porn Culture: An International Feminist Anti-Pornography Conference, June 12-13, 2010, Boston, MA

Stop Porn Culture: An International Feminist Anti-Pornography Conference, June 12-13, 2010, Boston, MA


In March 2007, over 500 people gathered at a conference at Wheelock College in Boston to help re-ignite a progressive and feminist movement against pornography.  Our second national conference will once again bring together activists, academics, researchers, survivors, parents, and other concerned community members to continue developing our anti-pornography analysis and building our resistance movement. Come and join us for two days of keynotes, workshops, and discussion.  Speakers include Wendy Maltz, Gail Dines, Chyng Sun, Rebecca Whisnant, Jane Caputi, Sharon Cooper, Robert Jensen, and Carolyn West.

Presentations and workshops include:
•       The pornification of our culture
•       Racism in pop culture and pornography
•       Local, national, and international organizing
•       Porn and capitalism
•       Legal strategies against porn
•       The sexualization of children
•       Compulsive pornography use
•       Hooking up: the porn culture on campus

For more information and to register please go to: http://stoppornculture.org/conference/

ADDITIONALLY:

The Stop Porn Culture website is up and running. Take a look at http://stoppornculture.org/ . An "Anti-porn News" featured to keep everyone updated on pornography in the news. Feel free to send news articles for possible inclusion, including news about activism against pornography.

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6. Effort to Connect Men in Ending Sexual and Domestic Violence, throughout North America

Effort to Connect Men in Ending Sexual and Domestic Violence, throughout North America

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

The Minnesota Men's Action Network (http://www.menaspeacemakers.org/programs/mnman) is participating in efforts to connect with men throughout North America. Men are increasingly stepping up to join women to end sexual and domestic violence. These networks enable us to learn from each other and increase our effectiveness.

 

A small group has come together under the umbrella of the Global MenEngage Alliance to move forward the idea of forming a North America regional men’s network. We envision this network serving the following purposes:

- Develop communication systems for resource sharing and capacity building for like-minded groups and individuals at local, national and international levels.

- Promote collaboration among these groups on program development, community campaigns and evaluation research.

- Organize advocacy for public policy and social change consistent with collective strategic objectives and the goals of MenEngage.

- Select North American representation on the Global MenEngage steering committee.

 

As a next step towards this goal, we are asking men and women from Canada, Mexico and the United States to complete a brief online survey at http://menengagena.surveyconsole.com. This will enable us to compile information about organizational and individual efforts currently underway in North America, and levels of interest in forming a North American network.

 

We are asking you to fill out the survey yourself now (http://menengagena.surveyconsole.com), and share the survey with others. We also hope you will consider participating in the formation of this network. See more information on the Global MenEngage Alliance at www.menengage.org.

 

The Minnesota Men's Action Network continues to develop connections with men in communities throughout MN in primary prevention efforts to stop this violence before it starts. Contact us for ways you and men in your community can be involved.

 

Thanks for all you do!

 

Chuck Derry, Gender Violence Institute

MN Men's Action Network

15510 Huber Avenue NW, Clearwater, MN 55320

320-558-4510 office   gvi@frontiernet.net

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7. New book: Beyond the Mirror

Beyond the Mirror was written to shine light on the darkness of pain and suffering that victims experience when cutting words and demeaning nonverbal behaviors are perpetrated by their intimate partners.  Many individuals in abusive relationships do not recognize that the behaviors of their partner are abusive, especially if the abuser does not punch, strangle, rape, or push her or him down stairs.  The physical elements of abusive relationships are easily recognized by society, but the cunning and cruel use of words that hurt and control another person is not well understood.

 

Families, friends, and neighbors often find it difficult to understand why victims stay in abusive homes.  Some have difficulty being supportive because they don't understand the dynamics and control of emotional/psychological abuse.  Beyond the Mirror, uses poetry to cast light on these abuses.

 

Beyond the Mirror is available electronically at no cost. Hard copies are available in small quantities at no cost (depending on availability) or in larger quantities at a low cost. Link to: www.beyond-the-mirror.org

 

About the author:

Marlene Jezierski, RN, BAN, is a nationally recognized violence education consultant, educator, lecturer and author. She has spoken widely on the subject in the U.S. and New Zealand.  A pioneer, she teaches health care professionals and community members on ways to respond to the problem of domestic violence through early intervention and support.  She has written curricula for health care professionals, faith communities and preschool providers, developed screening tools, written patient education materials, and developed and delivered domestic violence training to health professionals, fire departments, emergency responders, faith community members, pre-school caregivers and community members. She developed groundbreaking domestic violence educator courses and courses on the impact of domestic violence on children and continues to expand these materials, while mentoring countless health care professionals, church groups, preschool providers and community and legislative leaders on this vital public health issue. For more information, link to www.beyond-the-mirror.org.  Ms Jezierski is presenting at the 15th Annual International Women's Day Celebration on March 6, 2010 (see posting in this SVPN issue).

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8. New Study Sheds Light on Partner Violence and Reproductive Coercion

New Study Sheds Light on Partner Violence and Reproductive Coercion

 

A groundbreaking study on reproductive coercion and birth control sabotage conducted by researchers at the University of California Davis School of Medicine (http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/medschool/) and the Harvard School of Public Health (http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/) has been released. Published in Contraception journal (http://www.contraceptionjournal.org/home), “Pregnancy Coercion, Intimate Partner Violence and Unintended Pregnancy” is the first quantitative study that links reproductive coercion and unintended pregnancy to physical and sexual partner violence. The findings discredit the common assumption that young women become pregnant because they choose to not use contraception or want a baby. Instead, the findings indicate that male partners often sabotage the birth control of young women and teenage girls by damaging condoms and destroying contraceptives – behavior which is more commonly referred to as “reproductive coercion.”

 

The study was carried out among 16-29 year old women at five reproductive health clinics in Northern California from August 2008 to March 2009. Respondents were asked about birth control sabotage, pregnancy coercion, and intimate partner violence. The study found that approximately one in five women experienced pregnancy coercion, and 15% indicated that they had experienced birth control sabotage. Over half of the respondents indicated that they had experienced sexual or physical violence from an intimate partner, with 35% percent of these respondents also reporting pregnancy coercion or birth control sabotage.

 

Such findings suggest that in order to reduce unintended pregnancy, physical and sexual violence must be addressed. Teaching young women how to recognize, avoid, or leave abusive relationships will aid in achieving the goal. In addition, screenings of female patients for violence, pregnancy coercion, and birth control must occur at reproductive health clinics. Read more... http://www.stopvaw.org/new_study_sheds_light_on_reproductive_coercion.html  

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9. Call for Volunteers for Not For Sale Event

Dear Friends of Not For Sale,  

 

Not For Sale’s Stop Paying for Slavery Tour  http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/events/stop-paying-for-slavery/sps-how/  is scheduled for Minnesota for April 21 - April 24.  There's not much to do - OTHER THAN - getting venues at no cost plus advertising and taking care of all the related details for a number of events, as follows:

April 21:  Justice League meeting

April 22:  Noon time - Faith Leaders Event/Luncheon (I'm checking to see if it must be a luncheon although if it is, we would charge for it to the extent that the venue is not able to cover the cost)

              Evening - the main Stop Paying for Slavery Event (need a large venue for this preferably one that could hold between 750 to 1000 - yes, let's dream big)

April 23:  Noon or afternoon - meeting with Minnesota business leaders at one of our university's business schools

              Evening - Influential House of People meeting (type of setting unknown for now)

April 21 - 23:  High school programs at as many high schools as we can schedule

April 24:  The events for this day are not normally part of the tour; however, due to some very dedicated people, we will have the following additional events:  

              Morning:  Free2play walk to be held on Bethel University Campus.  This will be a fund raiser through registration fees and sponsorships.  (Melanie Lustila is planning this event with assistance from Kurty Karlsgodt who heads up a new NFS group at Bethel.)

              Evening:  Fashion Show and fund raiser that will be held at the W Minneapolis - The Foshay.  This is being made possible due to the tremendous effort of Ebani Butler and Korisa  Matezevich.

 

If you are willing to help, or want to first hear more about what needs to be done, please come to a meeting on Thursday, February 18, at Dick Wexler’s home, 1904 Franklin Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414. We will review what needs to be done and ask you to volunteer to help in any way you can.  Any amount of help will be greatly appreciated.  Also, if you know of others who might be interested in helping, please feel free to invite them to the meeting.   

 

The Stop Paying for Slavery Tour will be a significant event that will spot light the tragic evil of human trafficking in Minnesota in a way never done before and will result in many more people joining the movement to end slavery.

 

What can you do now:

1.  If you can come to the meeting contact Dick Wexler at rwexler@notforsalecampaign.org or 612-379-7294.

2.  If you know of others who might be interested in helping make the tour a reality, invite them and have them notify us if they can come.

3.  If you can't come to the meeting but want to help, let Dick Welxer know and we will fill you in on the opportunities identified during the meeting.

 

Thank you for your support in the past.  Whether or not you can help with the Tour, we hope you will be able attend one or more of the events.

 

Richard Wexler, Minnesota State Director
Not For Sale Campaign
612-379-7294, www.notforsalecampaign.org

I am not for sale.
You are not for sale.
No one should be for sale.

 

BECOME AN ABOLITIONIST!

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10. Employment Opportunity: Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center

MIWRC is seeking a dedicated individual to provide one-to-one services, facilitate groups and access community resources for sexual assault / abuse survivors to assist in their recovery.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Associate degree / 2 years college

Knowledgeable about the dynamics of sexual violence required, including prostitution and sex trafficking.  

Must complete or have completed 40 hours of sexual violence training.

Must be comfortable working with individuals experiencing distress and those connected to sexual assault survivors.

Experience in community outreach and providing crisis management required.

Experience in group facilitation and group dynamics.

Experience with court advocacy, public speaking and/or providing training on victim rights.

Working experience and knowledge of the American Indian community.

Experience in assessment of client needs and mentoring/supporting solutions.

Ability to conduct crisis management.

Ability to work well with individuals and groups in various settings.

Maintain highly confidential and sensitive information.

 

Other Qualifications:

Exemplify professional conduct and ethical standards.

Excellent computer skills and record keeping skills.

Ability to handle stressful situations.

Excellent verbal and written skills.

Self motivated and directed.

Must be willing to submit to DHS Rule #3, Criminal Background Study.

Must have no current problem related to alcohol or drug use.

Valid Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record required.  Must have own vehicle available for work and be willing to transport clients.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

Provide assessment of needs, crisis intervention, support/court advocacy and one-to-one services, and facilitate MIWRC weekly Sexual Assault support group, and other support groups assigned by supervisor.

Provide safety planning, referral for OFP’s, harassment orders, shelter referrals and emergency needs.

Collaborate and network with other organizations, including the local Police Department.

Record and keep accurate and up-to-date client files and accurate group list.

Assist in outreach efforts to the American Indian population.

Assist in recruitment and training of volunteers, interns and coordinate schedules.

Prepare monthly reports for supervisor and maintain statistical data.

Plan and provide public speaking to professional and community groups on sexual assault/abuse

and victims’ rights.

Be available occasional Saturday mornings or Saturday afternoons for group facilitations at the Adult Correctional Facility and occasional events for crisis advocacy and meetings.

Attend training and meetings as required by the position.

Respond to other duties as assigned by the Healing Journey Manager.

 

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full-time; Regular; Exempt    SALARY: $34,000 - $35,000 DOQ 

 

REPORTING AND SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: The Sexual Assault Advocate reports directly to the Healing Journey Program Manager and has no supervisory responsibilities.

 

HOW TO APPLY:  Send Resume and cover letter to HR@miwrc.org or send by mail

to the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, 2300 - 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN

55404 or fax (612)728-2039, phone (612)728-2000.

 

Visit www.miwrc.org to learn more about us.  Equal Employment Employer



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11. Funding Alert

The FUNDING ALERT provides a synopsis of the available funding that can be used by individuals and/or agencies working to end domestic violence and sexual assault. The FUNDING ALERT is located at: http://new.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/FundingAlert-V5N5.pdf

 

INCLUDED IN THIS ISSUE:

GOVERNMENT FUNDING:

 

OVW FY 2010 Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Grant Program (SASP) OVW FY 2010 Sexual Assault Services Formula Grant Program FY2010 Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program OVW Education, Training and Enhanced Services to End Violence Against and Abuse of Women with Disabilities OVW FY 2010 Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program OVW FY 2010 Enhanced Training and Services to End Violence Against and Abuse of Women Later in Life Program OVW FY 2010 Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program FY 2010 National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) Solicitation State Justice Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis Centers, 2010 FY 2010 Second Chance Act Mentoring Grants to Nonprofit Organizations SMART FY 2010 Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management Grant Program

 

PRIVATE FUNDING

  • 2010 Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards 2010 Make a Powerful Difference Contest

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12. Calendar

Calendar

·     Note…For additional events (to attend or promote) link to the MN Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) electronic clearinghouse (a great resource for MN events, articles, and more!) See http://www.mincava.umn.edu/types/11

·     For another excellent resource, link to the Advocates for Human Rights Calendar (http://www.advrights.org/The_Advocates_Events.html)


2010, Sexual Violence Support Groups begin. For more information contact the Sexual Violence Center, http://www.sexualviolencecenter.org/

612-871-5100.

 

February 25-26, 2010, Cornerstone’s Annual Conference on Domestic Violence and Abuse, Bloomington, MN.  For more information link to: www.cornerstonemn.org

 

February 26, 2010, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN). Topic: Sexual Violence and People with Disabilities: Understanding the Problem and How to Prevent it. For information contact: Amy Kenzie. To register contact: doug.palmer@state.mn.us

 

March 5, 2010, Sex Trafficking of American Indian Women and Girls, Bemidji, MN. For more information or questions about the event contact the Sexual Assault Program www.sapbchc.org at 218-444-9524 or by email at sapbchc@paulbunyan.net.

 

March 6, 2010, 15th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration. For more information link to Advocates for Human Rights

 

March 18-21, 2010,  Male Survivor 2010 International Conference: Healing and Hope for Male Survivors, New York, NY. For more information link to MaleSurvivor (http://www.malesurvivor.org/)

 

April 7, 2010, MN Annual Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Conference, St. Cloud, MN. Visit www.pcamn.org for full information and to register as a participant or an exhibitor. 

 

April 10, 2019, Eighth Annual Feast of Giving for Children, Minneapolis, MN. For more information call (612) 827-3028 www.familyenhancementcenter.org.

 

April 23, 2010, Bebo Norman’s Victory Concert for Breaking Free at Bethel University. For more information link to Breaking Free http://www.breakingfree.net/default.aspx   breakingfree@breakingfree.net 651/654-6557.

 

June 16-17, Conference on Reducing Violence Against Women on College Campuses: A Coordinated Community Response Approach, Las Vegas, NV. Link to: http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/savethedate.pdf

 

April 19-21, 2010, International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking, Atlanta, GA. For more information link to End Violence Against Women International (http://www.evawintl.org/conferencedetail.aspx?confid=8).

 

April 27, 2010,  What Brain Science Tells Us About Raising Successful, Healthy Kids, Blaine, MN. For more information contact: Donna McDonald, 763-422-7047, donna.mcdonald@co.anoka.mn.us

 

May 14, 2010, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN). For information contact: amy.kenzie@state.mn.us

 

June 12-13, 2010, Stop Porn Culture: An International Feminist Anti-Pornography Conference, 2010, Boston, MA. For more information and to register please go to: http://stoppornculture.org/conference/

September 1-3, 2010, National Sexual Assault Conference, Los Angeles, CA. For more information link to CALCASA (http://calcasa.org/nsac/)

 

August 13, 2010, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN). For information contact: amy.kenzie@state.mn.us

 

November 5, 2010, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN). For information contact: amy.kenzie@state.mn.us



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Amy Kenzie

Program Coordinator,

Sexual Violence Prevention Program
Injury and Violence Prevention Unit
Minnesota Department of Health
PO Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882

Phone: 651-201-5410, FAX: 651/201-5800
e-mail: amy.kenzie@state.mn.us
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