Plenary Speakers for 2016 Statewide Conference Announced!

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Keynote Speakers for 2016 Statewide Conference 
Transformative Conversations to End Sexual Violence
These leaders will guide our transformative conversations and help to create a space to dig deep as we use a social justice lens in our movement to end sexual violence.
sujatha baliga
Director, Restorative Justice Project
Vice President, Impact Justice
Just Beginnings Fellow
Lovisa Stannow
Executive Director and Board Secretary,
Just Detention International
Farah Tanis
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Black Women’s Blueprint
Jackie Payne
Director, Move to End Violence
For information on location, cost, scholarships, and more,
sujatha baliga

Director, Restorative Justice Project
Vice President, Impact Justice
Just Beginnings Fellow
sujatha baliga’s work is characterized by an equal dedication to victims and persons accused of crimes. She speaks publicly and inside prisons about her own experiences as a survivor of child sexual abuse and her path to forgiveness. A former victim advocate and public defender in New York and New Mexico, sujatha was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship in 2008, which she used to launch a pre-charge restorative juvenile diversion program in Alameda County. Through the Restorative Justice Project, sujatha helps communities implement restorative justice alternatives to juvenile detention and zero-tolerance school discipline policies; she is also dedicated to restorative approaches to end child sexual abuse and intimate partner violence. sujatah is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences; she’s been a guest on NPR and the Today Show; and The New York Times Magazine and The Atlantic have profiled her work. She earned her A.B. from Harvard College, her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and has held two federal clerkships.
Lovisa Stannow
Executive Director and Board Secretary,
Just Detention International
Lovisa Stannow is the Executive Director and Board Secretary of Just Detention International (JDI). Lovisa manages all of JDI’s work, in the U.S. and internationally, and serves as the organization’s primary spokesperson. She has written extensively about prisoner rape, including a series of high-profile articles in The New York Review of Books, and is regularly featured in media outlets across the U.S. Prior to joining JDI in 2002, Lovisa served as the Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Women’s Health and the West Coast Director and Communications Director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. In the early 1990s, she worked as a Press Officer for Amnesty International, following several years as a journalist in Europe and Latin America. Lovisa is multilingual and has spent significant parts of her career based in war zones and areas of humanitarian disaster in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Lovisa is a certified rape crisis counselor.
Farah Tanis
Co-Founder and Executive Director,
Black Women’s Blueprint
Farah Tanis is co-founder, Executive Director of Black Women’s Blueprint working at the grassroots and institutional levels to address the spectrum of gender violence against women and girls in Black/African American and other communities of color. Farah is Lead Faculty for the Institute for Gender and Cultural Competence. Farah is founder and is lead curator at the Museum of Women’s Resistance (MoWRe), which in 2013 became internationally recognized as a Site of Conscience.  Farah created Mother Tongue Monologues, a theatrical and multimedia art vehicle for teaching Black and Queer sexual politics in communities across the nation.
Jackie Payne

Director, Move to End Violence
Jackie Payne is the Director of Move to End Violence. Jackie began her career in post-apartheid South Africa, working on issues related to gender equality, women’s health, and economic empowerment. In 1997, Jackie became staff attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, covering a range of matters, including domestic and sexual violence, public benefits, housing, and consumer protection. Jackie then joined the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund in Washington, D.C., where she led a national coalition of community-based organizations dedicated to addressing the gendered-roots of poverty in America.
In 2003, Jackie was recruited by Planned Parenthood Federation of America to run its 50-state advocacy program. In this role, Jackie set the Federation’s state policy agenda and enhanced the capacity of the 100-plus affiliates to engage in effective advocacy. She left the Federation in 2009 to undertake this initiative for the NoVo Foundation.
For information on location, cost, scholarships, and more, please visit our website
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Shaina Brown

Shaina Brown is responsible for managing strategic communications and providing analysis on legislative issues related to sexual violence. Shaina has a background in public affairs, media relations and grant management. Shaina joined the movement to end sexual violence in 2009, serving as a volunteer for Jeans 4 Justice, a San Diego based social change organization.

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