Preconference Sessions

By Invitation Only


RPE State Health Dept. Directors’ Meeting
August 27, 9 am – 11 am
Open to State RPE Directors Only.
Pre-registration required.

RPE Orientation & Training for Coalition Staff (conducted by the NSVRC).
August 27, 9 am – 11 am
Open to State Sexual Violence Coalition staff only.  Pre-registration required.

2018 RPE Leadership Training for
Department of Health and Coalition Representatives

Hosted by the National Sexual Violence
Resource Center

August 27-28, 2018

  • WHO:  The RPE Leadership Training is open to only to state/territory-level RPE grantees and coalitions.
  • COST:  There is no registration fee for the meeting.



CALCASA Preconference Institutes & Meetings

CALCASA Executive Directors Meeting
(California CalOES Rape Crisis Center grantees only)
August 27, 10 am – 3 pm
August 28, 10 am – 2 pm

Facilitator: Sandra Henriquez, CALCASA Chief Executive Officer

Description: This two-day pre-conference session will include funding, policy and programmatic updates. California Rape Crisis Centers’ Executive Directors will have an opportunity to connect and brainstorm with peers on critical and emerging issues.


CALCASA Region and Caucus Meetings
(CALCASA members and affiliates only)
Monday, August 27, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (South and North), 5:30pm-6:30pm (Central Coast),

Tuesday, August 28, 6:30-8:00pm (Bay)

Wednesday, August 29, 6:30-8:00 (Midcoast)


CALCASA Annual Meeting
(CALCASA members and affiliates only)
Tuesday, August 28, 3pm – 5 pm


From Individual to Systems Advocacy (2-day Institute)
(California CalOES Rape Crisis Center grantees only)
August 27, 10am – 3pm
August 28, 10am – 2pm

Facilitators: Juliana Baez, Liliana Olvera, CALCASA

Description: One component of ending sexual violence, is the ability to help transform institutions and systems. Effective systemic change requires an understanding of how systems operate. This session will help to strengthen the capacity of CALCASA’s member programs to navigate and influence a variety of institutions. This preconference session is an adaptation of training received from Praxis International’s Advocacy Learning Center.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To define a systems-based approach for anti-sexual assault advocacy
  2. To build capacity of sexual assault prevention and intervention programs to work within large institutions
  3. To identify systems-based approach as a sustainability strategy for organizational stability


Solidarity in Leadership Building

(California CalOES Rape Crisis Center grantees only)
August 27, 2018, 10am – 3pm

Facilitators: Sandy Monroy and Adrienne Spires, CALCASA Staff

Description: Building upon CALCASA’s Leadership Education and Advancement for Professionals (LEAP) project, which centers women of color leadership working in the anti-violence against women field, this workshop will focus on leadership development across affinities as a capacity building and sustainability strategy for sexual assault agencies.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the role of representation in leadership development
  2. Identify key skills necessary for leadership development across affinities
  3. Promote networking and connections


Confidentiality, Privacy, & Security: Using Emerging Technology Safely in Sexual Violence Organizations
(California CalOES Rape Crisis Center grantees only)
August 28, 10am -2pm

Facilitators: Emily Austin, CALCASA Staff

Description: Survivors use technology in new and innovative ways, including ability to access support services through different digital platforms, such as online chat hotlines, text messaging platforms, and social media. This requires thoughtful planning by organizations when they decide to incorporate these platforms into their intervention services. This workshop will provide best practices on how to employ different technologies into their organizations while maintaining confidentiality, privacy, and security.

Learning Objectives – In this workshop, participants will:

  1. Examine the current federal and state laws that dictate the importance of maintaining confidentiality, privacy, and security when using technology.
  2. Emerge with useful tips and strategies that will be useful if they decide to incorporate online hotlines and text messaging into their intervention services.
  3. Will examine current examples of sexual violence organizations incorporating technology into their services, and the steps that they have taken to ensure that survivor information is safe.


Me too. Telling Your Story to Change the World

Workshop sponsored by Impact Justice and

Crime Survivors for Safety & Justice
Monday August 27, 10am – 5pm and
Tuesday, August 28, 9am-4pm

At the 2018 National Sexual Assault, Impact Justice and Crime Survivors for Safety & Justice are hosting an in-depth, two-day pre-conference workshop in which we will transform our survivor journeys into public storytelling to advocate for survivor-centered policies. Participants will practice developing tight, clear, 2-3 minute speeches about what we would like to see changed in the world based on our own survivor stories. Participants will also receive specific tips on how much of our stories to tell, how to control our message if we choose to work with the media, and how to deal with difficult questions from our friends, family and co-workers as we embody our public survivor journey. This session will also help us commit to and practice taking good care of ourselves as we become public speakers about our transcendence and the wisdom we’ve gained from it.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This workshop is designed for people who identify as survivors of sexual harm and/or violence and want to practice speaking publicly about their story. This doesn’t mean on TV or on a stage at a conference; it could mean at a meeting to someone making decisions about sexual assault policy, for example.

WHEN and WHERE: This workshop will be held on Monday August 27, 10am – 5pm and Tuesday, August 28, 9am – 4pm at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, CA prior to the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC).

COST: There is no cost for this workshop (although participants are responsible their own transportation, hotel, and food costs). Participants are not required to attend NSAC conference to attend this pre-conference workshop. If participants want to attend the conference on August 29-31, 2018, they must pay for registration for the conference.

baliga headshot 2017 reducedWORKSHOP LEADER: sujatha baliga, Impact Justice: sujatha baliga’s work ischaracterized by an equal dedication to victims and persons accused of crime. A former victim advocate and public defender, sujatha was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship, which she used to organize a successful restorative juvenile diversion program in Alameda County. sujatha is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences, has been a guest on NPR’s Talk of the Nation and the Today Show, and her work has been profiled in the New York Times Magazine. She often speaks publicly and inside prisons about restorative justice, her personal experiences as a survivor of child sexual abuse, and her path to forgiveness. Today, sujatha is the director of the Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice, where she helps communities implement restorative justice alternatives to juvenile detention and zero-tolerance school discipline policies. sujatha is a proud co-founder of Crime Survivor for Safety and Justice. She is also dedicated to advancing restorative justice to end child sexual abuse and intrafamilial and sexual violence. sujatha earned her A.B. from Harvard College, her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and has held two federal clerkships.

WORKSHOP SPONSORS: Impact Justice and Crime Survivors for Safety & Justice

HOW TO APPLY: Applications closed JUNE 11

Because space is limited, and because we aspire to create a diverse learning community in terms of both lived experience and identity, we thank you in advance for filling out this questionnaire, which we understand can feel intrusive and very personal. Please know that the answers to your questions will remain confidential to the National Sexual Assault Conference support team and the workshop facilitators, and will never be shared publicly. We will be back to you by the week of June 25, 2018 to let you know if you have been selected for this workshop.


How Did They Do That?! Building Effective, PREA-Compliant Victim Services Programs in Custody Settings

Workshop presented by Just Detention International
August 28, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Are you a corrections official or victim advocate looking to create a program or strengthen an existing program that delivers quality rape crisis services to prisoners, or a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding administrator seeking to ensure access to such services? On August 28, Just Detention International will be holding an all-day interactive pre-conference workshop that will provide the answers and resources you need to reach this underserved population. This workshop is also an opportunity to learn from and strategize with corrections agencies and advocates that have developed successful victim services programs and will feature JDI and CALCASA’s successful partnership through CalOES for work in California prisons.
There is no cost for this workshop (participants are responsible their own transportation, hotel, and food costs). Participants are not required to attend NSAC conference to attend this pre-conference workshop. If participants want to attend the National Sexual Assault Conference on August 29-31, 2018, they must pay for registration for the conference.

Registration required.

This workshop is made possible through funding from the Office on Victims of Crime.



Si Se Puede! y Ya Basta! Janitorial Worker and Farm Worker. Promotoras Working to End Sexual Violence

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1-day workshop for SEIU-USWW, Maintenance Cooperation
Trust Fund, and Lideres Campesinas (in Spanish)
(Invitation Only)
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 10am-3pm

WHO: Participants are restricted to invited participants who are promotoras with SEIU-USWW, Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund, and Lideres Campesinas.

COST: Free (for pre-conference institute only)