Virtual CAIA 2020

Virtual CAIA 2020

June 9 – 12

CCASA and Violence Free Colorado have made the official decision to transform the previously scheduled in-person event to a virtual conference. Transitioning the conference was a complex decision with many moving parts. And, where there is a will, there is a way.
While getting together in Vail this year wasn’t an option, we still hope you will join us for CAIA 2020– coming to you live via your computer or device!

Virtual CAIA Registration Fee:

Free – Members of Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault/CCASA or Violence Free Colorado.  

$50 – Non-members/Per Person

$20 – Student 

If you were registered for the previously scheduled in-person CAIA event in Vail, CO, you will need to register for the virtual event in order to have access.

Tuesday, June 9

1:00 – 2:30 PM

Keynote Speaker

Wagatwe Wanjuki

Centering the Margins: Bringing Intersectionality to #MeTooSince #MeToo went virals, countless survivors around the world shared their stories in solidarity. Since then, the discourse sparked by #MeToo is as strong as ever, but whose voices are being heard the most? This keynote will discuss the state of #MeToo today and how to use intersectionality to use the cultural flashpoint’s spotlight to refocus the most marginalized survivors.

Wagatwe Wanjuk

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*Sessions will be recorded & available to registered participants.

Wednesday, June 10

9:00am 10:30am MT – Session #1

Gender Sexuality 101: At the Intersections of Accessibility

The connections between disability, gender, and sexuality are many and multi-faceted, and that accessibility serves as a perfect entry point. This presentation will cover pronoun usage, deconstructing the gender binary, the differences between gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, the importance of language, brief histories of oppression, and more, all with the aim of making our services, our communities, and our relationships radically accessible for all.

Zoe Collins

Emma Martin

11:00am- 12:30pm MT – Session #2

The Care & Feeding of Law Enforcement for Advocates

What do cats and dogs have in common? Seemingly nothing. Cats and dogs have historically been seen as rivals and even mortal enemies! Cats and dogs actually have a great deal more in common than we may think. What do advocates and LE have in common? Both are integral to ensuring justice and responsible for caring for victims. We have common ground and solutions towards making our working relationships better – for the benefit of everyone.

Russ Strand

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Grab a bite, stretch your legs and refuel

2:00pm-3:30pm MT – Session #3

Meeting the Needs of People Living with HIV and Violence

People living with HIV are at increased risk of intimate partner violence (IPV). This workshop describes the collaborative efforts of our team to create a trauma-informed IPV protocol for the Children’s Hospital Colorado Immunodeficiency Program (CHIP), which provides care to underserved youth and pregnant women living with HIV, including racial/ethnic minorities and LGBTQ+ community. We will discuss three essential activities: creating a multi-disciplinary leadership working group; strengthening referral networks/partnerships; and adopting a clinic-wide evidence-based protocol.

Karen Hampanda

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Thursday, June 11

9:00am – 10:30am MT – Session #1

Male Victimization: Strategies for Building Trust and Normalizing the Conversation

Less than 15% of men will report they have experienced sexual abuse/violence. Law enforcement and sexual assault advocates are not always prepared to address the barriers men face when considering reporting assault or seeking advocacy. This workshop will encourage participants to identify their personal biases, explore barriers for male reporting and provide strategies for how to build trust with men so we can increase support to this underserved population.

Bernie McFarling

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11:00am – 12:30pm MT – Session #2

Expanding Services to All Victims Who Use Non-Dominant Languages and Working with Remote Interpreters

Language is a crucial component of any agency’s effort seeking to improve the life, safety, and well-being of domestic violence and sexual assault victims/survivors. Survivors who use non-dominant languages are at a higher risk of violence and isolation, and require equal access to services, especially under the challenging circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. From providing them meaningful access to legal services and the courts, supporting them in the procurement of emergency protection orders, participating in language inclusive support groups, and accessing stable and affordable housing, language support enables victims to make informed decisions, leave life-threatening situations and heal, even when working remotely.

Ana Paula Noguez Mercado

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Grab a bite, stretch your legs and refuel

2:00pm-3:30pm MT -Session #3 – LIVE ONLY!

Humor Secrets: What Makes Us Laugh?

This presentation is about revealing the science and the trade secrets behind humor writing and delivery. We will deconstruct bits from famous comedians, unveil the categories of joke structure and unmask the role of persona in comedy delivery. You will leave with the foundation that every great stand-up comedian has acquired and be able to apply it in life and even at the office. This presentation is a must!   

{This session will not be recorded}

Cesar Cervantes

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Friday, June 12

9:00am -10:30am MT – Session #1

Release Trauma Through Decompression; The Missing Link to Self-care

Experiencing a traumatic event impacts us at a cellular level. A single cell can hold the pattern of trauma long after the event and stimulates a consistent stress response that can lead to disease.

Learn simple techniques you can do alone, and with a partner, that combine diaphragmatic breathing and guided pressure to release tension, toxins and trapped emotions. You can maintain this powerful practice at home and share with your clients, too! *Wear comfortable clothing.

Sabrina Fritts

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11:00am – 12:30pm MT – Session #2

Understanding Dynamics of Intimate Partner Violence in the LGBTQIA+ Community

Both historically and currently, LGBTQIA+ survivors have experienced uniquely challenging barriers in accessing adequate, inclusive services. This workshop invites participants into an in-depth exploration of the complexity of these barriers and a rich examination of the roots of intimate partner violence.
Through developing an understanding of how privilege and oppression impact both relationship dynamics and access to resources, service providers are better equipped to navigate the work of building authentically inclusive services.

Shen Hollcraft

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Grab a bite, stretch your legs and refuel

2:00pm-3:30pm MT – Session #3

Embedding Anti-Oppression Into Organizational Practices

Developing anti-oppressive organizations able to serve marginalized populations and communities requires more than just saying you care. It requires an organization to enact a methodology for examining everything from budgetary decisions to vendor relationships to communication skills. It requires a commitment to understanding theory and bringing theory to practice. This session will empower participants to dissect their organizations internal policies and external programming through an anti-oppression lens, and will offer tools for successful implementation.

Regan Byrd

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