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Freedom from Sexual Violence

Event: PREA Summit


The Summit will provide an opportunity for community-based advocates and corrections staff to learn about the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and best practices for serving victims of sexual violence who are incarcerated.

Who Should Attend:
Day 1 is open to advocates
Day 2 is open to corrections staff and advocates

There is no registration fee for this training.
Travel scholarships
 are available for mileage and lodging reimbursement!

Click here to register

Featured Presenters:

Melanie Barton

Melanie Barton is the PREA Coordinator at the Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She works closely with the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC), providing services to incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse throughout the state. Over the last year, she has provided training on PREA and sexual assault to the MDOC corrections staff, as well as technical assistance and PREA-specific training to local rape crisis centers. Ms. Barton’s work recently expanded to providing comprehensive inmate education training, engaging inmates in questions and dialogue, to assisting them in understanding advocacy access and services under the PREA Standards. She continues to work with her MDOC partners annually providing new-hire training for cadets and mock training sessions with case scenarios for corrections staff.

Vanessa Sapien

Vanessa Sapien, MA, is a Senior Program Officer with Just Detention International. As a member of JDI’s domestic programs team, she provides training and technical assistance for corrections staff, advocates, and service providers on how to keep prisoners safe from sexual violence. A mental health professional and trained domestic violence and rape crisis counselor, Vanessa has many years of experience helping survivors. She has received numerous awards for her clinical work, including a Presidential Service Award. Vanessa has also been recognized for her work in honoring diversity and social justice in mental health.


This project is supported by grant no. 2015-WF-AX-0026, awarded by the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice – administering office for the S.T.O.P. Formula Grant Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the state or the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.