Travel Log: 3 Appearances, 3 Cities, 15 Days

Three conferences in one month. One on the east coast of the U.S. One on the west coast of the U.S., and one in Nepal. I am still catching my breath.

The month began with the Safe Children Coalition Conference in Sarasota, FL, where I co-presented with the Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Megan Olive, Research and Evaluation Coordinator, and Gloria Saiz, Clinical Program Director, on “Changing the Child Welfare System Response to Domestic Violence.” The event was a major success with some 250 child welfare and youth mental health experts and practitioners from across Florida in attendance.

This presentation focuses on CHS’s pilot program “Partners 4 Safe Families” and its Domestic Violence training program. This six-month pilot project was conducted to determine if the use of evidenced-based domestic violence screening tools and assessments at intake could alter the way that child welfare staff address domestic violence. The results were transformative and provide simple low-cost solutions that can be implemented to create systemic change that protects both children and survivors.

Then, Gloria and I took the show on the road to San Francisco and presented at the Ending Violence Against Women International Conference, which focuses on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, human trafficking and elder abuse. The three-day conference brought together law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victim advocates, judges, parole and probation officers, rape crisis workers, health care professionals, faith community members, educators, researchers and others to highligh promising practices — like “Partners 4 Safe Families” — and emerging issues to effectively respond to these crimes in all communities.

Finally, I braved 30 hours on multiple airplanes to attend and present at the Nepal Advocacy Training and Strategic Planning Workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal. I represented For Every Woman Treaty, for which I serve as its Chief of Global Operations. Along with Every Woman Treaty, this event was sponsored by Nepal Rotary Club of Kathmandu in partnership with the Global Health Advocacy Incubator. This event brought women’s rights leaders together to help them develop advocacy, communications, and leadership skills, and to help these leaders build a network enabling them to seek measures to both prevent and address violence against women to drastically improve the safety of women in Nepal.

Being able to share and develop a strategy to take the GHAI treaty process from the pilot to other countries around the world was just the pinnacle of my Nepalese adventure. I also was fortunate enough to be able to take some time to explore the countryside and hike some of Nepal’s most popular treks. I hope you enjoy the photos from this incredible adventure.

Now that I am back stateside, the daily work of empowering nonprofits to expand their missions continues. If you are interested in hearing more about the recent conferences or want to know how Sharity can benefit your nonprofit, visit today.