By Jenna Fisher, Program Coordinator (Trainings and Underserved Populations)
MCASA has officially opened registration for our annual MCASA Women of Color Network (MWOCN) Conference! The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Bowie State University. MWOCN works to promote education, advocacy, and leadership in communities in order to improve the delivery of service to victims and to prevent sexual violence. MCASA’s goal is to advocate for policy change that will ensure the rights of historically oppressed women. MWOCN represents Arab, Asian, Latin, Native American, and African Diasporic cultures and seeks social justice for women of all races. MWOCN was founded in 2000 in order to be an advocate in communities of color and provide insight on issues that impact women of color.
This year, with the support of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, MWOCN is proud to present Through A Different Lens: A Focus On Special Populations. We are particularly excited to feature three keynote speakers. Re’dhonda Malone, MPH, is a Public Health Advisor at the U.S. Center for Disease Control & Prevention and will focus her speech on sexual violence prevention. Fiona Oliphant, Esq., is the Acting Director of the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project and will focus her presentation on the necessity of implementing cultural humility in sexual violence response and prevention work. Finally, Tina Frundt, the founder and Executive Director of Courtney’s House, will focus her presentation on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.
In addition to the exciting keynote speakers, the event will also feature breakout sessions focused on men and boys, sexual assault in the military, and immigration options for survivors. There is still time to register. Please note that registration will close on November 11, 2016. We anticipate this year’s event to be an educational and engaging event for all attendees. T