An announcement from MA Rural and Sexual Domestic Violence Project:
We are excited to announce that registration is now open for our upcoming summit, “Economic Justice for Survivors: Exploring Strategies that Work,” on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 in Northampton, MA. This is an all day summit for advocates, activists, and other community stakeholders to explore innovative ideas for advancing economic empowerment for rural survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Guest speakers include Jill Davies, Deputy Director of Greater Hartford Legal Aid and Director of the Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence Initiative; and Nicole Castillo, Domestic and Sexual Violence Program Coordinator at the Newton Wellesley Hospital and the National Advisor to Millennial Issues at BeVisible Latina, the first social networking and career building site for Latinas by Latinas.
There will be two sessions of concurrent workshops, which include:
- Money School: Rethinking Financial Independence Programs for Survivors – Elizabeth Freeman Center
- Voices of Survivors: Building the Foundation for Economic Empowerment – Montague Institute for New Directions (MIND)
- Accessing Public Benefits for Survivors – Community Legal Aid
- Repairing and Protecting Credit and Consumer Rights – Northwestern District Attorney’s Office
- Strategies for Protecting Survivors’ Housing Rights – Community Legal Aid
- Creating Career Pathways in Rural Massachusetts: Understanding the Role of Workforce Development Partners in the Region – Franklin/Hampshire Regional Employment Board, Franklin Hampshire Career Center, and Harmon Personnel Services
- Making the Most of Education’s Promise: Helping Survivors Access the Supports Needed for College Success – Greenfield Community College
An inspiring closing session will be presented by JAC Patrissi and guests. JAC is the Administrative Director of the Behavioral Health Network and co-author with Lundy Bancroft of Should I Stay or Should I Go? A Guide to Knowing if your Relationship Can – and Should – Be Saved.
Plan to join us at the Smith College Conference Center in Northampton on June 8 from 8:30-4:00. The Summit is offered free of charge and we will provide a continental breakfast and lunch, as well as parking passes.
Click here for the Summit flyer and registration information. Please indicate your first and second workshop choices on the registration form. The deadline to register is June 1, but space is limited, so we recommend that you register early. Also, given the emphasis on rural communities, priority will be given to participants from these areas. You will be notified by June 2nd if you have been accepted.
Please share this information with your colleagues and networks!
If you are Deaf or hard of hearing, or are a person with a disability who would like accommodation, please contact Barbara Russell at Barbara.Russell@state.ma.us by May 20, 2016.
Sponsors for this program include the Massachusetts Rural Domestic and Sexual Violence Project of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Jane Doe Inc., and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!
Barbara Russell and Amy Waldman
Barbara Russell, Program Coordinator and Amy Waldman, Project Director
MA Rural Domestic and Sexual Violence Project
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
23 Service Center Rd.
Northampton, MA 01060