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ICYMI – October

This October, Gina Lopez, CCASA’s Rural and Indigenous Program Manager, presented at the annual Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance conference in Keystone, Colorado. Jenna Harper, our Sexual Assault Response Program Manager, also presented.

Gina’s workshop, on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR) of Colorado Taskforce, taught 76 participants about the colonial roots of MMIR, the national efforts to address this issue, and the MMIR taskforce in Colorado. Do you want more information about the statewide MMIR taskforce? Contact gina@ccasa.org.

Jenna presented a workshop on the role restorative justice can play in the movement to address and end sexual violence, as well as CCASA’s pilot restorative justice project. To learn more about restorative justice frameworks, and the pilot project, reach out to Jenna at jenna@ccasa.org.

CCASA staff were honored to be invited the Wings’ 40th Anniversary award ceremony. Elizabeth Newman, our Public Policy Director, and Brandi Dye, our Communications and Community Engagement manager attended. They were able to make face-to-face connections with those we’ve only worked with virtually, and learn from community leaders who are champions of healing. We thank Wings not only for the invitation, but for the work they do to help adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

In October, Elizabeth and Brandi, worked on and finalized written resources on statewide bills and policy. Members will have access to these resources soon. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to Elizabeth, or Brandi for your questions on legislation and systems that impact survivors in Colorado.