Tuesday, May 18
12:00-12:30 p.m. CST
Speakers: Rosario de la Torre, Comfort Dondo
Moderated by: Vanesa Diaz, Martin O. Sabo Fellow Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Abuse is a significant problem for all women, and immigrant women globally are particularly vulnerable. Economic and social factors, including immigration status, are challenges to reporting violence or seeking necessary services. Rosario de la Torre, legal advocate at Casa de Esperanza, and Phumulani shelter founder, Comfort Dondo, are mobilizing to protect Latina and African immigrant women by creating bilingual shelters, and survivor support through both legal action and culturally-specific community engagement, including tea ceremonies and listening sessions. Rosario and Comfort model how to lift up all women experiencing violence by sharing their innovative solutions grounded in community realities.
Thursday, April 8
12:00-12:30 p.m. CST
Speakers: Sarah Super, Survivor and Advocate & Lori Greene, Mosaic Artist
Moderated by: Patricia Cumbie, Communications Manager of GRW
Sarah Super and Lori Greene had a vision to create the first memorial to sexual assault survivors on Boom Island Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They wanted to create a place that invited action, engagement, and remembering. Hear their powerful stories about why they created the Survivors Memorial, and how its creation has changed their lives and impacted legions of survivors.
Thursday, April 29
12:00-12:45 p.m. CST
Speakers: Jess Braverman, Andrea Jenkins, Erin Maye Quade
Moderated by: Cheryl Thomas, Executive Director of GRW
Addressing harmful gender norms is critical to ensuring all people are viewed as equals with rights to privacy, freedom, employment, education, health, safety and justice. Legal advocate Jess Braverman and advocacy director Erin Maye Quade from Gender Justice, and Andrea Jenkins, who made history as the first African American openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States, are leading voices in LGBTQ liberation. Their stories of resilience and courage counter dehumanizing narratives that deny LGBTQ people their human rights. Their inclusive actions and barrier-breaking achievements will inspire you to ensure everyone lives in a community free from violence.