We are pleased to announce Innovation in Motion Presenters, Sara Haskie-Mendoza (National Compadres Network) and Rebecca Epstein (Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality) at In Solidarity We Rise: Healing, Opportunity and Justice for Girls, October 11-13, 2017.

Join us at In Solidarity and learn more about Xinachtli: Girls’ Transformational Healing through Rites of Passage, with Sara Haskie-Mendoza, Debra Camarillo, & Angell Pérez and the 2017 report, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood, with Rebecca Epstein & Dr. Jamilia Blake.

Transformational Healing.

The Xinachtli: Girls’ Transformational Healing through Rites of Passage Innovation In Motion Workshop will engage participants in developing an understanding of facilitating the empowerment of girls of color to resist and prevent violence through the framework of transformational healing-informed and gender-based rites of passage.

Sara Haskie-Mendoza is the Manager of Women’s and Girls’ Programs at the National Compadres Network and has worked 25 years as a grassroots community organizer, trainer and outreach specialist. Sara developed Xinachtli –– an innovative healing informed rites of passage curriculum for girls— in which she has trained hundreds of facilitators nationally. She is a fellow of the California Women’s Policy Institute and a recipient of the 2007 Los Angeles Peace Maker Award. Sara worked as a fundraising trainer for Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training and has served as a field representative for the International Indian Treaty Council, working at the U.N. Commission for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.

Debra Camarillo brings rich experience of over 25 years in culturally rooted healing. She currently serves as the Executive Director of The Latino Commission which operates in three separate counties San Francisco, San Mateo and Tulare County offering a continuum of services from outpatient, residential and transitional housing to the Latino community. She has worked as a counselor to long time prisoners returning to the community for the Height Ashbury Free Clinic as a BASN Coordinator, which managed all of the reintegrating services for parolees for the City and County of San Francisco. She has served as a contract analyst for San Francisco Public Health Department Substance Abuse Community Services managing the Latino, DUI, and Women’s services.

Angell Pérez is the current Executive Director for Colorado Circles for Change (formally known as VORP of Denver) who’s mission is “to create a pathway for our youth to discover sacred relationships with self, family and community, to reduce juvenile violence and incarceration and see youth reach their full potential.” Although her academic and professional training have provided a particular advantage in this work, Angell attributes her personal lived experience as a youth heavily involved in a gang with both parents incarcerated and her journey of breaking that cycle. She shares this experience as the root of her expertise, passion and success in supporting youth’s self-empowerment to leave, resist and dismantle violence in their community. Angell has worked with women and girls specifically over the past 15 years to address the precise needs they have to support transformational healing and empowerment in a gender specific way.

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Girlhood Interrupted.

The Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood Innovation in Motion Workshop will discuss the results of their 2017 study finding that adults perceive Black girls as older and less innocent than their white peers. They will also discuss potential implications of this study for the treatment of Black girls in school and the juvenile justice system.

Rebecca Epstein is the Executive Director of the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality. She has over 20 years’ experience in litigation and policy development, and she has maintained a special focus on race and sex discrimination and the policies and practices that support marginalized girls. Rebecca is the lead author of Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood; Gender and Trauma: Somatic Interventions for Girls in the Juvenile Justice System and Implications for Policy and Practice (2017); and Blueprint: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Sex Trafficking of Girls (2013), as well as co-author of The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story (2015). Her work has been published across the country, and she has appeared as an expert speaker at national, state, and local briefings and conferences on issues affecting marginalized girls.

Jamilia Blake, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and Associate Professor at Texas A&M University. Dr. Blake’s research examines the developmental trajectory of peer-directed aggression, bullying, and victimization in socially marginalized youth and racial/ethnic disparities in school discipline with a specific focus on Black females. She has published studies examining the social and psychological consequences of aggression for African American girls and students with disabilities and the disparate impact of school discipline for Black females. Dr. Blake is the co-editor of the American Psychological Association’s book Psychological Assessment and Intervention for Ethnic Minority Children and is the author of more than 30 publications.

Download the Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood Report

Registration is Open!

Join us for three days of Learning, Strategizing, Connecting and Creating through: Full-day Pre-Conference Intensives; Front Porch Conversations; A Call to Solidarity Strategy Sessions; Deep Dive Learning Opportunities; Innovation in Motion Sessions, and visit our, Un-Exhibit Hall and Self-Care Room.

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Rise In Solidarity Together.

Change Maker, Trail Blazer, Champion, Innovator, Advocate, Ally – which are you? Support the advancement of healing, opportunity and justice for girls and young women by sponsoring the In Solidarity conference.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact Holly Weems-Ladd at Holly@NationalCrittenton.org or, 503.297.2217.

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