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Brie Akins, CCASA’s Executive Director, talks about the bright future of CCASA!

Hi everyone,

I can’t believe that it has already been 3 months since I started with CCASA. I am so impressed with how much our small staff and many partners accomplish!

I have been busy wrapping up our fiscal year, but I am thankful to those of you who have reached out to introduce yourself and welcome me. Now that the fiscal stuff is all wrapped up (for now), my plan is to do my own reaching out and get to know you all. The staff and I also want to make a trip to one region each quarter so that we can learn about all the great work that you are doing and how we can support you.

I am also exploring potential new partnerships with organizations and individuals doing related work outside of traditional response systems, since we know that, for a variety of reasons, many survivors never access criminal justice and other social and health services. Primary prevention is a particular passion of mine and I believe that, in order to address root causes of sexual violence and create lasting change, we need to build bridges across issues and pool our resources and efforts. I know that many of you are already doing innovative work, both around response and prevention, within your own community and I’d like to help others learn from the expertise that exists within Colorado as well as draw upon national resources.

Additionally, this year we will be working on developing a new 3-year strategic plan for CCASA and will be identifying ways to get input from membership. Tied in with strategic planning, a major goal of mine is to work with the CCASA Board on resource development so we can increase the capacity of CCASA to support the great work you all are doing and to engage in systems advocacy on the behalf of survivors. I’d love to hear from you if you have ideas for how we can better support you and strengthen CCASA’s work!

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