Welcome | Advancing Strategies For A Safe & Healthy Community Conference
People you see every day
Your friends, family, neighbors, strangers
May be victims of
domestic violence
sexual assault
human trafficking
Would you recognize them? Would you know how to help?
Join us and find out how.

Advancing Strategies For A Safe & Healthy Community Conference

August 14-16, 2018
Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino
Biloxi, MS

Please join us for a multidisciplinary training conference addressing domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. This training opportunity is designed to benefit those working for victim service agencies, law enforcement, prosecution, and nursing/medical staff.

Plenary Speakers
Barbara Amaya
Barbara Amaya

Advocate, Best-selling Author, Survivor Expert

Barbara Amaya is an award winning advocate, speaker, trainer, author of Amazon best selling memoir 'Nobody's Girl' and graphic novel 'The Destiny of Zoe Carpenter'. And a survivor leader in the movement to end human trafficking and all violence against women. Barbara has dedicated her life to combating human trafficking and violence against women and children. She holds a background in education, a credential in early childhood development and a PHD in psychology. Barbara has been actively raising awareness of the sexual exploitation of children and domestic sex trafficking since 2012.

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Bobby Kipper
Robert J. (Bobby) Kipper

National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence (NCPCV)

Mr. Kipper is the founder and director of the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence. His expertise in the area of community and school violence prevention has been recognized by the White House, Congress, and a number of states across America. His best-selling book, “No Colors: 100 Ways to Keep Gangs from Taking Away Our Communities,” has been instrumental in developing gang reduction programs in communities across America.

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Sgt. Jerald Monahan
Sgt. Jerald Monahan

Law Enforcement Liaison, End Violence Against Women International

Jerald Monahan is a 40 year public safety official having served in several Arizona law enforcement agencies. He currently is the Chief of Police for Yavapai College in Prescott Arizona and also serves as the Law Enforcement Liaison for the Non-Profit Criminal Justice Training Organization, End Violence Against Women International. Chief Monahan has served on several boards and commissions involved in addressing issues of domestic and sexual violence and is the current Advisory Board Chairperson for the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence.

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Varsha N
Varsha N.,JD

Independent Consultant

Varsha serves as an independent training consultant and has been a guest speaker at non-profit organizations, agencies, and universities nationally and internationally addressing a wide variety of topics including diversity, cross-cultural communication, bias, domestic violence and sexual assault. Workshop participants typically consist of medical and legal professionals, law enforcement officials, advocates, university students- amongst many others. Her work experiences include working with diverse populations from Somalia, India, Iraq, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Nepal, Russia, and many more.

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Anisha Durve
Anisha Durve, D.O.M. A.P.

Author and Instructor

Anisha is a doctor of oriental medicine, acupuncturist, ayurvedic practitioner, ayur-yoga and meditation instructor since 2000. She blends the wisdom of these ancient Eastern modalities in a truly integrative manner. She is an accomplished public speaker and teaches workshops and trainings for students and practitioners globally. Anisha is motivated to teach victims and survivors of gender violence integrative tools to assist in their healing journey. She teaches trauma protocols for healthcare practitioners to work with gender violence victims.

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Speakers & Presenters

Just a sample:

  • William Killibrew
    Global Advocate for Human, Civil, Children and Victims’ Rights
  • Leslye Orloff
    Director, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP)
  • Sgt. James Markey
    Consultant, Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)
  • Maja Hasic
    Anti-Human Trafficking Program Director, Tapestri Inc.
  • Fran Baker
    Executive Director, Bornfree of Mississippi, Inc.

A sample of the session topics:

  • A Hot Topic in a Cold Case: Informing the Jury's Response to Evidence
  • The Connection Between Bullying and Intimate Partner Violence
  • Advanced Training for Service Providers Working with Human Trafficking
  • Understanding & Investigating Technology Misuse
  • Investigation of Sexual Assault in the Military
  • Trauma and the Impact on the Professional
  • Identification of Predominant Aggressors & Signs of Victim Trauma in Domestic Violence
The Advancing Strategies For A Safe & Healthy Community Conference is being hosted by:
Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence logo Pascagoula Police Department logo
Golden Nuggest Casino & Hotel

The conference offers special package rates at the beautiful Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino.

  • Room rate: $79.99/night
  • Use Code: S186154 for conference rate
  • Phone: (228)435-5400
Conference exhibitors behind a table

Exhibitors are invited to set up display booths each day of the conference. Space is limited, so sign up early! Deadline for registration is July 20th.

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