At CCASA, December is a time to plan and strategize for the new year. While we always remain dedicated to our mission and abide by our values, the end of the year is a great time to examine how we continue to work toward a world free from sexual violence.
Our dedicated programs team is geared up for 2022. This December, they updated resources, reimagined trainings, like SAATI; and created webinars that will be held in the new year. As always, you can submit webinar requests to our programs team.
While we can always expect to be surprised by the state legislature, our Policy Director, Elizabeth Newman, has been planning for the 2022 session. CCASA is actively supporting legislation to address the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Relatives. In addition to meeting with stakeholders in regards to this possible bill, CCASA virtually hosted our Policy Committee. Committee members met to plan for the upcoming legislative session and discuss policy priorities.
Members are core to the work CCASA does. This December, staff took some time to consider the relationship between our organization and the members we support, represent, and are in community with. More than anything, these relationships are partnerships. CCASA was created by sexual assault service providers who wanted a collective voice to speak for them at the State Capitol. And we are honored to continue that legacy. CCASA also provides trainings, resources, like You Have the Right collateral; and support of member initiatives. Be sure to renew your membership by March 1st to receive a 10% discount.
As we end one year and begin another, CCASA would like to say thank you to our members, staff, donors, partners, and survivors. Our work would be impossible without each of you. Now is also a time to acknowledge that 2021 has been a hard year for a lot of us. These last 12 months have been filled with sadness, disappointment, confusion and plenty of other emotions that make us human. We thank you for honoring the humanity of the CCASA team and ideally we’ve honored yours as well. Now, more than ever, we know we can’t predict what the next year will bring. But we have hope. CCASA hopes this year is filled with peace, equity, and safety for all of us.