Hunderds of people gathered at the 2016 CALCASA Statewide Conference for Transformative Conversations to End Sexual Violence.  Watch the powerful keynote presentations and plenary sessions from this event that took place June 21-22, 2016 in Sacramento, CA.  Materials from the conference can be found here.


Day One


Jackie Payne

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 bene ts, 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. Jackie also chaired the national coalition to end domestic and sexual violence and helped lead the successful campaign to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. During this time, Jackie also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, teaching Gender, Equality, and the Law. 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 ofthe 100-plus af liates to engage in effective advocacy. In 2006, Jackie was promoted to Director of Government Relations, taking over responsibility for the entirety of the Federation’s state, federal, and international policy work. She left the Federation in 2009 to undertake this initiative for the NoVo Foundation. Jackie received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School. She is a trustee of the Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation and serves on the board of the Women’s Funding Alliance.



sujatha baliga

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, baliga 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 baliga 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. sujatha 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 pro led her work. She earned her A.B. from Harvard College, her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and has held two federal clerkships.


Closing Plenary





Day Two

Lovisa Stannow

During NSAC, CALCASA was pleased to announce a national partnership with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (a project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape) and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (a project of the North Caroline Coalition Against Sexual Assault) with seed funding from the National Football League (NFL) to change our culture in one generation. As part of this partnership, the organizations will focus on prevention, communications and messaging, and policy, respectively, to elevate the profile of sexual violence prevention and streamline access to resources.




Farah Tanis

Farah Tanis is Lead Faculty for the Institute for Gender and Cultural Competence. Tanis is co-founder and 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. Tanis’ work includes the development curricula, policy development, technical assistance and training focused on an intersection of social justice issues facing women and LGBTQH communities of color on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as well as mainstream campuses and communities. Tanis 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. Tanis created Mother Tongue Monologues, a theatrical and multimedia art vehicle for teaching Black and Queer sexual politics in communities across the nation. Tanis is a 2012 U.S. Human Rights Institute Fellow (USHRN) and is a member of the Task Force on the International Convention

on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Tanis is a 2014 Feminist Majority Foundation “Ms. Wonder” Honoree for her work to address gender-violence on the nation’s college campuses. Tanis is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of Business, Institute for Executive Management, possesses a B.A. in Science from NYU, and an M.A. in Social Work from Fordham University.


Closing Plenary


Transformative Conversation with Farah Tanis, Lovisa Stannow and David Lee





2016 Statewide Conference