The New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence in partnership with the New Mexico Attorney General's Office and All Families Matter is sponsoring a day of workshops at the Lorenzo's de Mesilla in Las Cruces, New Mexico on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. These workshops are appropriate for advocates in domestic abuse programs, law enforcement, court staff, prosecutors, educators, health professionals, mental health professionals, social workers, and workers in a range of human service fields. Please REGISTER at the bottom of this page.
Kari Meredith of the New Mexico Attorney General's Office presenting a workshop on Teen Dating Violence and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. The afternoon will feature a workshop with Jordon Johnson from All Families Matter on creating inclusive spaces for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.
You can sign up for one or both of these 3-hour workshops. They are presented at no cost to participants. Lunch will be on your own.
9:00 a.m. The Impact of Dating and Sexual Violence Among Youth
This workshop examines dating and sexual violence among youth where the participants develop a common understanding of teen dating violence (TDV). The workshop explores the different types of dating violence, signs that a teen is in a violent relationship and ways the teens handle these relationships. This workshop discusses some different types of dating violence including, but not limited to, emotional and physical abuse, birth control sabotage, reproductive coercion, digital dating abuse and domestic minor sex trafficking. There are visual aids (PowerPoint and several video clips) surrounding the issues stated above. The workshop leaves the participants with additional knowledge, red flags, activities and prevention strategies surrounding the issue of TDV, including DV screening/crisis call skills which they can to take back to their communities. There is an evaluation at the end of the workshop which helps to gauge the increase in knowledge of the issue and indication if the participants will use this knowledge and/or activities within their scope of work. There is also opportunity for any participants interested in having trainings within their communities make a request for our staff to conduct such trainings on TDV.
10:30 a.m. Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and Its Relationship to Teen Dating Violence
Trafficking is a crime of exploitation. Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking is the commercial sexual exploitation of American children within U.S. borders. It is estimated that at least 100,000 American juveniles are victimized through prostitution in America each year. One manifestation of DMST involves a trafficker/pimp who poses as a “boyfriend” who builds a romantic relationship with the youth. This workshop will provide information on the DMST victim profile, the relationship between the victim and the trafficker/pimp, including the calculated and methodical stages of how the trafficker establishes trust, and psychologically and physically bonds with the victim.
12:00 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:30 p.m. Creating Inclusive Spaces
This workshop provides participants a foundation of knowledge and practices when working with a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender population. We will engage in a conversation about how to build rapport and alliances with this constituency, create a welcoming environment, and develop inclusive practices within your agency.
4:30 p.m. End
Kari Meredith is the Teen Dating Violence Project Coordinator with the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General. Prior to this position, she was part of the legal team that secured the first two human trafficking indictments in NM. Previously working with Child, Youth and Families on cases involving Child Protective Services in AZ and passionately involved as an advocate with local crisis centers and shelters, she brings a wealth of information regarding the continuum of violence, specifically as it relates to victims of domestic violence. She currently sits on the Intimate Partner Death Review Team which reviews facts and circumstances surrounding intimate partner and sexual violence related deaths in New Mexico and leads a statewide program which offers training and technical assistance to law enforcement, social service providers, school staff, community members and students about issues surrounding teen dating violence.
Jordon Johnson, M.S.W, M.A., is a consultant with a specialization in educating and advocating for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. He is currently the coordinator of the All Families Matter public education campaign and coalition in New Mexico, which focuses on raising awareness and visibility about LGBT families and individuals. He works closely with local community leaders and organizations to advance services for LGBT people in New Mexico. He is committed to developing sustainable community-based programs and services with local and national partners. All Families Matter is a public education campaign that helps raise awareness and the visibility about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families and individuals across our state. It’s about starting conversations, and sharing stories about how LGBT people and their families should be treated fairly―just like all families in New Mexico. All Families Matter is about opening hearts and minds throughout our state.