Compassionate Communities: Towards Collective Liberation

Save the Date

November 3rd – 4th, 2015

Boise Centre, Boise, Idaho

Compassionate Communities: Towards Collective Liberation is a two-day conference on gender violence – abuse and rape – against girls and women and people who are gender oppressed. Gender violence does not occur in isolation, it is fueled by multiple, systemic oppressions. Be part of bold conversations towards the liberation of the most marginalized person in our communities, the last girl.

Registration opens September 15th

Among the Plenary Speakers

Connie Burk: Director of Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse and national speaker on gender violence.

Ruchira Gupta: Founder and President of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, a grassroots organization in India working to end sex trafficking for at-risk girls and women.

Paul Kivel: Social justice educator and author of bestselling book Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice.

Heidi Lehmann: International expert on violence against women and girls in war zones, former Senior Director of the International Rescue Committee’s Women’s Protection and Empowerment Unit.

Nicole Matthews: Member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe and the Executive Director for the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition.

Mónica Ramírez: Founder of Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Esperanza: The Immigrant Women’s Legal Initiative” to end sexual violence against farmworker and low-wage immigrant women.

Nancy Smith: Director of Vera’s Center on Victimization and Safety overseeing work that addresses violence against women with disabilities.

Lovisa Stannow: Executive Director of Just Detention International; a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention.


NBCC LogoThe Idaho Coalition has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6519. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Idaho Coalition is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Past Events:

Compassionate Communities – October 28th, 2014

cc_speakers_headerCompassionate Communities was dedicated to seeking to challenge and reshape our core beliefs about today’s families’ reality. And at the same time offer bold new ways to think about families in the entirety of their experience – from violence to poverty to immigration, and more. Those who were able to join us, were challenged to imagine new ways to prevent violence and to respond to families impacted by violence. We believe that, together, we can create the conditions where all families thrive.

Change Agent Speakers:

Miriam Yeung, MPA

Chris Blodgett, PhD –

Resources from Dr. Blodgett:



Adriann Barboa –

Embracing the Entirety of Families Lived Experiences Panel Discussion – 



Still have questions regarding the October 28, 2014 Compassionate Communities convening? Please call the Idaho Coalition at 208-384-0419, ext. 308 or toll-free at 1-888-293-6118.

OVW STEP Program Institute on Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence & Stalking, and the Use of Technology in Secondary Schools

June 24, 2014 – June 26, 2014

Compassionate Communities – October 15th, 2013

The convening was dedicated to cultivating interconnected communities to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, Compassionate Communities Logomen and boys. Engaging and connecting with marginalized and oppressed communities is essential to widening the circle of compassion. In order to create compassionate communities, we think of the person or child who is valued the least, suffers the most, and comes in last, and we put that person, and others like them, at the center of our work. Compassionate Communities draws wisdom from science and diverse social justice movements, and cultivates compassion to create a future without violence.

Change Agent Plenaries PowerPoint’s

Anu Bhagwati PowerPoint

Dacher Keltner PowerPoint

Sujata Warrier PowerPoint

Wendy Olsen PowerPoint

Banner Session Handout

Banner Blast Handouts – Large Print

Banner Blast Handouts


Still have questions regarding the October 15, 2013 Compassionate Communities convening? Please call the Idaho Coalition at 208-384-0419, ext. 308 or toll-free at 1-888-293-6118.