CONVERGE! Conference

Converge! Re-Imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence

En Espanol 

CONVERGE! Re-Imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence
February 7-8, 2014

University of Miami School of Law
University of Miami School of Law Race & Social Justice Law Review
Miami Worker's Center Sisterhood of Survivors
Center on Applied Feminism-University of Baltimore School of Law

For over 40 years, gender violence has been the focus of feminist activism in the U.S. WHERE ARE WE HEADED NOW?

This conference brought together SURVIVORS, ACTIVISTS, and ACADEMICS to RECONSIDER the dominant U.S. responses to gender violence, to build capacity for political mobilization and reform, to share innovative approaches to gender violence, and to promote cross-fertilization and collaboration between researchers, practitioners, and activists.

CONVERGE! is about building a TRANSFORMATIVE POLITICAL AGENDA to REFOCUS U.S. priorities in funding, activism, law, and social services in ways that better address the INTERSECTING INEQUALITIES that create and maintain gender violence.

The CONVERGE! Conference was organized around the following themes:

  • Structural Inequality and Gender Violence
  • Re-Imagining Mobilization Against Gender Violence
  • Alternatives to Criminal Justice Strategies
  • Reframing Gender Injustice as a Violation of Human Rights
  • Responding to Retrenchment and Stalemate in Reform Efforts

13.0 Approved Florida CLE credits

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Keynote Speaker

Beth Richie

Dr. Beth Richie is The Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and Professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law and Justice at The University of Illinois at Chicago. The emphasis of her scholarly and activist work has been on the ways that race/ethnicity and social position affect women's experience of violence and incarceration, focusing on the experiences of African American battered women and sexual assault survivors. Read more about Dr. Richie at University of Illinois.

 

 

 Confirmed Speakers

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Aziza Ahmed
Northeastern University School of Law

Sara Ainsworth
Seattle University School of Law

Cathy Albisa
National Economic & Social Rights Initiative

Etiony Aldarondo
University of Miami, Dunspaugh-Dalton Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center in the School of Education

Aleta Alston-Toure'
Free Marissa Now!

Lis-Marie Alvarado
Community Organizer

Rosana Araujo
Miami Workers Center

Sujatha Baliga
Restorative Justice Project at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Sienna Baskin
Urban Justice Center

Marleine Bastien
Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. (Haitian women of Miami)

Carrie Bettinger-Lopez
University of Miami School of Law

Beatrice Bianchi
University of Miami School of Law

Alisa Bierria
UC Berkeley, Center for Race and Gender

Ted Bunch
Move to End Violence; A Call to Men

Connie Burk
NW Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse

Cyra Choudhury
Florida International University School of Law

Donna Coker
University of Miami School of Law

Sarah Deer
William Mitchell College of Law

Angela Diaz-Vidaillet
VictimResponse

Ejim Dike
US Human Rights Network

Laura Dunn
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Alesha Durfee
Arizona State University, Women and Gender Studies

Jennifer Felipe
University of Miami School of Law

Zanita Fenton
University of Miami School of Law

Reina Fernandez
Miami Workers Center, Sisterhood Of Survivors

Juana Flores
Mujeres Unidas y Activas

Mary Anne Franks
University of Miami School of Law

Rashmi Goel
University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Julie Goldscheid
CUNY School of Law

Reyna Gomez
Miami Workers Center, Sisterhood Of Survivors

Wanda Gomez
Domestic Violence Survivor

Rosa M. Gonzalez-Guarda
University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies

Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Leigh Goodmark
University of Baltimore School of Law

Staci Haines
Generative Somatics: Somatic Transformation and Social Justice

Lillian Hewko
National Women's Health Network

Rosie Hidalgo
Casa de Esperanza

Monique Hoeflinger
Ms. Foundation for Women

Angela Hooton
Center for Reproductive Rights

C. Quince Hopkins
Florida Coastal School of Law

Neil Irvin
Men Can Stop Rape

Tiloma Jayasinghe
Sakhi for South Asian Women

Margaret E. Johnson
University of Baltimore School of Law, Center on Applied Feminism

Michelle Kaminsky
"Author, Reflections of a Domestic Violence Prosecutor: Suggestions for Reform"

Valli Kalei Kanuha
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Sociology

Mimi Kim
Creative Interventions

Lisa Young Larance
Founder, Reflectively Embracing Nonviolence through Education for Women

Tamara Lave
University of Miami School of Law

Elizabeth L. MacDowell
William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Ramandeep Kaur Mahal
University of Miami School of Law

Martha R. Mahoney
University of Miami School of Law

Nicole Matthews
Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition

Joan Meier
George Washington University Law School

Anne Menard
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Ivon Mesa
Coordinated Victim Assistance Center, Miami-Dade Department of Human Services

Susan Miller
University of Delaware, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Kelly Miller
Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

Lavon Morris-Grant
Lavon Morris-Grant, LLC

Adele M. Morrison
Wayne State University Law School

Heidi Notario-Smull
Casa de Esperanza

Jodeen Olguín-Tayler
Caring Across Generations

Marcia Olivo
Miami Workers Center, Sisterhood Of Survivors

Lumarie Orozco
Casa de Esperanza

Eesha Pandit
Move to End Violence

Sandra S. Park
ACLU Women’s Rights Project

Jackie Payne
Move to End Violence

Hillary Potter
University of Colorado at Boulder

James Ptacek
Suffolk University in Boston

Quanita Toffie
Miami Workers Center

Beth E. Richie
The University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy

Andrea L. Ritchie
Streetwise & Safe

Maria Rodriguez
Florida Immigrant Coalition

Rebecca Sharpless
University of Miami School of Law

Sandy Skelaney
Consultant | Entrepreneur | Speaker | Advocate

Terra L. Slavin
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

SpearIt
Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Andrew Sta. Ana
Day One

Nan Stoops
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Wayne Thomas
GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project

Natalia Villegas Rodriguez
University of Miami, School of Nursing and Health Studies

Deborah M. Weissman
University of North Carolina School of Law

Cindy Wiesner
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance

Jessica R. Williams
University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies

Rebecca Wyss
Ohio University

 Co-Hosts and Sponsors

Co-Hosts

UM School of Law

University of Miami School of Law

The University of Miami School of Law serves society and the public good by promoting justice, advancing knowledge, and preparing graduates to represent clients ethically and effectively. Through scholarship and service our faculty members influence public policy and challenge the status quo. Our very diverse student body brings a passion for learning and public service. Our graduates are leaders in law, business, government and public interest in South Florida, the nation, and the world.

 

Miami Worker's Center Sisterhood of Survivors

Sisterhood of Survivors (S.O.S.) is an organizing group led by survivors of systemic violence including domestic violence, sexual assault, and violence directed at domestic workers. The mission of S.O.S. is to empower survivors to organize and raise consciousness for systemic and social change to end violence against women. Sisterhood of Survivors seeks to raise the voices of survivors in a unified way, about the impact of violence on them, their families and society in general. SOS members believe that those who are most affected by policies to respond to violence should be involved in the creation of those policies.

 

 

The Center on Applied Feminism (University of Baltimore School of Law)

Unique within the legal academy, the Center seeks to apply feminist insights to legal practice and the policy arena. In particular, the Center will examine how feminist theory can benefit legal practitioners in representing clients, shape legal doctrine, and play a role in policy debates and implementation. The Center has faculty affiliates from throughout the University.

 

 

University of Miami Race and Social Justice Law Review

Founded in 2007, the University of Miami Race and Social Justice Law Review, formerly known as the Black Law Review, is a student journal committed to the promotion and publication of scholarly articles that address the legal, social, economic, and psychological issues that affect communities of color, with a particular emphasize on the global Black community. The Race and Social Justice Law Review published its first edition in 2009. The articles published through the Race and Social Justice Law Review are geared towards promoting scholarly dialogue about major issues affecting communities of color, including, but not limited to the economics of discrimination, racial profiling, and healthcare.

 

 Sponsors

CONVERGE! was made possible by the generous contributions of:

NoVo Foundation
Move to End Violence, a program of the NoVo Foundation
The Women's Fund of Miami-Dade
Miami Law HOPE Public Interest Resource Center
Miami Law LAFAC: Law Activity Fee Allocation Committee
Southern Wine and Spirits of South Florida
Florida New Majority
Child Advocacy & Family Law
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Miami Law Human Rights Clinic
OUTLaw
Richard Milstein & Eric Hankin
Student Organization for Human Rights
University of Miami English Department
University of Miami School of Education & Human Development
University of Miami Women & Gender Studies Program

 

FOR INFORMATION
Contact: converge@law.miami.edu

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CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS

Donna Coker
University of Miami School of Law

Marcia Olivo
Miami Workers Center

Leigh Goodmark
University of Baltimore School of Law
Visitor, 2013-2014 University of Maryland School of Law 

CONFERENCE CO-HOSTS

Miami LawSisterhood of SurvivorsSisterhood of Survivors (S.O.S.) is an organizing group led by survivors of systemic violence. 

The Center on Applied Feminism seeks to apply feminist insights to legal practice and the policy arena. 

Race and Social Justice Law Review is a student journal that publishes scholarly articles on the legal, social, economic, and psychological issues that affect communities of color. 

FOR INFORMATION
Contact: converge@law.miami.edu

See Program and Schedule
See Full Conference Description

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS

Donna Coker
University of Miami School of Law

Marcia Olivo
Miami Workers Center

Leigh Goodmark
University of Baltimore School of Law
Visitor, 2013-2014 University of Maryland School of Law 

CONFERENCE CO-HOSTS

Miami LawSisterhood of SurvivorsSisterhood of Survivors (S.O.S.) is an organizing group led by survivors of systemic violence. 

The Center on Applied Feminism seeks to apply feminist insights to legal practice and the policy arena. 

Race and Social Justice Law Review is a student journal that publishes scholarly articles on the legal, social, economic, and psychological issues that affect communities of color.