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ICYMI – June

The 2022 Colorado Advocacy in Action conference was a roaring success! The conference, presented by CCASA and Violence Free Colorado, was four days of learning from experts, connecting with one another, and checking in on ourselves. And remember, even though the conference ended on June 16th, attendees have access to all of the sessions until September 9th. If you have any questions about accessing those virtual sessions, please reach out to Sierra Agens, our Training and Technical Assistance Manager, or Maria Mendez, our Strengthening Sexual Assault Services Project Director.

We offer many thanks to those who joined, those who taught us, and all of those working behind the scenes to make the 2022 Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference run smoothly.

As many of you know, CCASA has been exploring, learning about, and discussing restorative justice practices with the Colorado anti-sexual violence community. From June 22nd to June 23rd, CCASA held our Restorative Justice Summit. We are extremely grateful for the community of restorative justice practitioners who shared their experiences and knowledge with us. Additionally, Jenna Harper, CCASA’s Sexual Assault Response Program Manager, not only led the summit, but has been integral in teaching about restorative justice statewide. Thank you, Jenna! Another big thank you to everyone who joined and learned from the Restorative Justice Summit; we can’t wait to see how you implement these practices in your communities!

CCASA’s Survivor Task Force had one of their quarterly meetings this June. Elizabeth Newman, CCASA’s Policy Director, presented updates from the 2022 Legislative Session. But, STF meetings are an opportunity for survivors to have their voices heard. Most of the meeting was dedicated to Elizabeth asking survivors what would make Colorado safer or better for them going forward. This feedback will directly impact CCASA’s policy strategies and stances in the future. If you, or a Colorado survivor you know, would like to join CCASA’s Survivor Task Force, sign up online or contact Brandi Dye, our Communications and Community Engagement Manager.