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2020 Family Justice Center Conference

Registration Now Open!


Living a Legacy of HOPE

Dear Friends,

 We are so excited to begin registration for our 2020 International Family Justice Center Conference (May 18-21, 2020) in San Diego, California entitled "Living a Legacy of Hope". Hope is the single greatest predictor of long-term well being in the lives of trauma-exposed adults and children. This year our conference will be again grounded in the science of hope and every attendee will walk away with practical tools to increase personal hope and better equipped to give hope to others. Rarely can a conference promise to provide a life-changing understanding of hope to a multi-disciplinary audience of police officers, prosecutors, advocates, doctors, nurses, civil attorneys, judges, probation/parole officers, ministers, camping professionals, mental health professionals, public health officers, policy makers, faith community leaders, elected officials, survivors, batterers intervention program facilitators, and other attendees. We measure hope, resiliency, and well-being in our conference attendees and our outcomes are powerful and long-lasting. Our outcomes include a major finding that hope is more significant than resiliency in predicting well being in trauma survivors and the professionals serving them. This next year we will again evaluate this finding from years' past.

 Our speakers are a "Who's Who" in the field of the collaborative work and include law enforcement leaders, prosecutors, advocates, judges, doctors, nurses, social workers, mental health professionals, and researchers. A complete listing of workshops is available online for your review.  We are especially focusing on legacy speakers this year as we honor many in the domestic and sexual assault movements that have been doing this work for 25+ years. Our Annual International Family Justice Center Conference brings together 800 multi-disciplinary professionals working in the fields of domestic violence, stalking, child abuse, sexual assault, elder abuse, and human trafficking. For the last three years, our conference has sold out with many multi-disciplinary teams from communities across the country and around the world joining us for three amazing days together. This next year will be no exception.

Our team at Alliance for HOPE International has never been more excited about the future of our work. We have more than 130 operating Family Justice/Multi-Agency Centers and more than 100 more in some stage of development across the United States and around the world. Two years ago, we helped launched the European Family Justice Center Alliance and connect with other worldwide allies that include open or developing Family Justice Centers in more than 25 countries. Our Camp HOPE America program for children exposed to domestic violence, with national support from Verizon, has now expanded to 20 states with the support of Affiliated Family Justice Centers and forward-thinking community-based agencies. More and more communities are realizing that cross-sector collaboration and collective impact approaches are the future. Agencies cannot keep working alone in silos. Our Family Justice Center Alliance program can provide the support for any community to develop a Family Justice Center framework. Our Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention is doing transformational work around the world in addressing near and non-fatal strangulation assaults. Each of our major programs will have tracks at the conference along with our Polyvictimization Track - focusing on addressing lifetime trauma and victimization with those reaching out for help after experiencing violence and abuse.

 We want to see local communities attend our conference in multi-disciplinary teams with diverse representation including child welfare, domestic violence, elder abuse, human trafficking, and sexual assault professionals. We want to enhance the multi-disciplinary relationship building that occurs each year, the small group learning opportunities among those working in Family Justice Centers, Child Advocacy Centers, Rape Crisis Centers, High Risk Teams, multi-disciplinary teams, and other types of collaborative models. We also want to give community-based sexual assault and domestic violence agencies the information and research they need to help them expand their vision and operations - moving more toward multi-agency models that survivors want and need in their journey to hope and healing. So, identify your team, book your hotel room (space is limited), and register today! The InterContinental Hotel, on the Bay, is the newest and most beautiful hotel in downtown San Diego.

 Why bring a team? Why not just come alone? If you come in a team, you will leave with a shared vision for more trauma-informed, hope-centered approaches to addressing and preventing the violence that destroys the lives of so many children and adults in your community. This may be the most important conference you and your colleagues will ever attend! It will inspire you forward to continue Living a Legacy of Hope and give you the tools to provide life-changing pathways to hope for survivors, both adults and children, in your community!

 With Great HOPE,

 Casey Gwinn, President & Gael Strack, CEO

To Register for the 20th Annual International Family Justice Center Conference, Click HERE.

This conference will address what best practices look like in child abuse, sexual assault, elder abuse human trafficking, and domestic violence for:

  • Prosecutors

  • Law Enforcement Officers

  • Advocates

  • Therapists

  • Civil Attorneys

  • Doctors

  • Nurses

  • Judges

  • Court Professionals

  • Survivors

  • Parole and Probation Officers

The International Family Justice Center Conference is the only national and international violence prevention conference focused on the development of multi-agency, multi-disciplinary teams in every community in America and around the world!

 In 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) will host two tracks (with six workshops per track) of the conference - one on "Handling Non-Fatal Strangulation Cases" and the other on "Expanding Family Justice and Multi-Agency Centers." The U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) will sponsor a track on "Working at the Intersections of Co-Occurring Trauma (Polyvictimization)" and the complex challenges of working with polyvictims - survivors impacted by multiple forms of childhood and adult trauma. In all workshops, we will share our lessons learned on how your community can move forward toward greater collaboration, co-located service approaches, and effective high risk teams - that can save lives and produce better short and long-term outcomes for survivors and their children. Other conference workshop tracks will include: "Improving the Law Enforcement Response"; "Best Practices for Civil and Criminal Justice Professionals"; "Trauma Informed Advocacy"; and "Camp HOPE America: Breaking the Cycle."

 Join us for an amazing three days of interaction, small group discussions, strategic thinking, and cutting edge learning. Our speakers and sessions will challenge you and your multi-disciplinary team to dream big and change the world!

Come join us for Living a Legacy of HOPE 

To visit our registration website click  HERE. 

Conference Registration Type Registration Rates

Individual $570

Group Rate (4 or more) $520 each

-International Resident $420
-US Military Personnel

2-Day Attendance $380

This project is supported all or in part by Grant No. 2016-TA-AX-K066 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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