Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington D.C.  20001 USA

April 17, 2013

8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast, registration, tabling opportunities
9:00am-9:30am Opening remarks, guest speakers
9:30am-10:45am                 Panel 1

 

Veterans Speak Out Military sexual assault survivors and family members will share tools for support, healing and successful reintegration. The discussions between panelists and moderators will give a voice and face to these experiences and allow for the exploration of what survivors and their families see as the biggest challenges and also potential remedies.
Panelists: Five Veterans
Moderator: Kalima DeSuze

11:00am-12:15pm Panel 2

 

Making Change: Policy Reform in Action This panel will feature congressional and agency staff as well as advocates discussing recent and emerging policy reforms in the areas of military justice, victim rights, and access to reproductive care and veterans’ benefits. Panelists will address the role of advocates and direct stakeholders in identifying and voicing unmet needs, and highlight successful strategies for achieving change within the military and VA. Of particular focus will be the efficacy of such strategies as grassroots action, coalition-building, and institutional advocacy in yielding successful legislative or regulatory reforms.
Panelists: Greg Jacob, Sara Outterson, Jim Pineau, Vania Leveille
Moderator: Beth Hillman

12:30pm-2:15pm Awards Ceremony and Lunch:

Lauterbach Award for Truth and Justice

Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Senator Amy Klobuchar
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

Voice for Change Award
Ruth Moore

Service Provider of the Year Awards
Kathleen Gilberd, Military Law Task Force

Center for Veterans Advancement, Public Counsel Law Center

2:30pm-4:00pm Workshop
4:15pm-5:45pm Workshop

 

Workshop Topics

Participants will choose from a variety of workshops including such topics as Working with Trauma Survivors, Sexual Violence and Criminal Justice: Myths vs. Facts, Telling Your Story, Self-Care, Navigating the Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Claims Process and Mobilizing Your Community.

2:30pm-4:00pm Block 1

Working With Trauma Survivors
This will be a conversation about how to interact with trauma survivors safely and positively as a civilian advocate, reporter or storyteller. Focus will be on the arts/third person storytelling, media interactions and advocates who work daily with people who have experienced trauma.
Panelists: Lee Hancock, Kathleen Hoffman, Sig Christenson, Deidre Graves

Mobilizing Your Community
This workshop will help participants to understand what community and grassroots organizing is and what methods can be effectively used to engage their local communities around specific issues. Topics will cover how to frame the issues, utilizing social media, letter writing and op eds and how to gain access to formal and informal community networks.
Facilitators: BriGette McCoy, and Kalima DeSuze

Navigating the Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Claims Process
This workshop will provide an overview of the VA claim application and appeals process for disabilities stemming from military sexual trauma. Attorneys and advocates will address the unique legal and cultural hurdles to compensation awards, and will review best practices for initial claim development and subsequent appeals. A particular focus will be identifying and presenting alternative evidence in the absence of primary records.
Panelists: Susan Avila-Smith, Katy Clemens, Margaret Middleton, Teresa Panepinto

4:15pm-5:45pm Block 2

Sexual Violence and Criminal Justice: Myths vs. Facts
This workshop will address common misconceptions about victim rights within the criminal justice system, both in the military and in civilian proceedings. Substantive topics will include privacy rights, witness immunity, and compensation and restitution, as well as protocols for investigation and prosecution. Panelists will review policies and practices to improve police and prosecutorial response to gender-based crime, and will survey available civil remedies for victims.
Panelists: Rachel Natelson, Sandra Park, Jessica Powers-Heaven

 

Telling Your Story
Participants will work with nationally recognized bloggers, storytellers and spokespeople to
gain skills in how to share their stories with the public. From general tips to break out sessions on blogging, social media and digital storytelling, this workshop will focus on shaping your voice for an audience.
Facilitators: Brittney Cooper, Ph.D., Chloe Angyal and Mychal Denzel Smith

 

Self-Care
This workshop will be led by a clinician and topics will include the importance of self-care, immediate grounding techniques, self-care options and modalities and setting long-term self-care goals. The workshop will be interactive with learning exercises, Q&A sessions and group conversation.  Individuals will be given the opportunity to learn about different self-care techniques and how to integrate them into their every day lives over the short and long term.  Individuals will also be encouraged to share their self-care ideas with others in the workshop as alternative methods are encouraged and accepted.
Facilitators:  Adriana Rodriguez, Rebekah Havrilla

6:00pm-8:00pm Dinner for scholarship participants


April 18, 2013

Advocacy Day for Service Members, Veterans and their friends and family members     

7:00am-8:00am Breakfast, registration, tabling opportunities
8:00am-10:00am Advocacy Training for Congressional Visits
10:00am-6:00pm Congressional Visits
5:30pm-7:00pm Congressional Reception