nest student forums

Responding to the high level of engagement from students with whom we have piloted our prevention education program, Nest launched Student Forums in May 2015, offering a space for young people to bring their ideas and questions to local policymakers and leaders and granting parents, caregivers, businesses, friends, and neighbors the opportunity to learn more about sexual violence against children and what can be done to stop it.

Given the crucial need to increase the number of adults that can identify signs of exploitation and provide appropriate support, our Nest Student Forums along with film screenings, and other community event bring experts to audiences and foster community dialogue, all while making sure youth voices are elevated.

 
 
DALLAS
SMU
February 2016

PORTLAND
Ecotrust Building
November 2015

PORTLAND
Madison High School
May 2015
AUSTIN
Alamo Drafthouse
November 2016

DALLAS
SMU
December 2016

PORTLAND
Ecotrust Building
May 2017
 

Nest Student Forum - Portland, OR


Ecotrust Building
May 2017
Empowering Youth in the Face of Sexual Violence
Opening remarks by Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum
 
 
moderators
Moderator: Tim DuRoche
Opening Remarks: Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum
Emcees: Emma V., Madison High School and Maridalise T., David Douglas High School

expert panelists

  • Grace Stratton - Field Representative U.S. Senator Wyden
  • Joel Shapiro - Attorney and Victim Advocate
  • Amanda Monaco - Trafficking Intervention Coord, OR DOJ
  • Sri Craven - Associate Professor, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, PSU
  • Denise Biehn - Supervisor of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Program, Portland
  • Tawna Sanchez - Representative, District 43
  • JR Ujifusa - Senior Deputy District Attorney
  • Youth Panelists & Participants:
  • Owen W. - Madison High School Student
  • Stella F. - Madison High School Student
  • Brie G. - Cleveland Student
  • Jared W. - Cleveland Student
  • Edom D. - David Douglas High School Student
  • Anna M. - David Douglas High School Student
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    Nest Student Forum - Dallas, TX


    HAROLD CLARK SIMMONS HALL - SMU
    December 2016
    Students and Policymakers Discuss Solutions for Ending Sexual Assault, Exploitation, and Trafficking of Children in Texas
    with Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, Skyline High School, and Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
     
     
     
    moderators
    Moderator: Wendy Davis
    Emcees: Joanna M., Rangel YWLS and Alfonso R., Skyline High School

    expert panelists

  • Deborah Michaels - FBI Special Agent
  • Honorable Amber Givens-Davis - Dallas County Judge
  • Honorable Lena Levario - Former Texas State District Judge
  • Representative Chris Turner - Texas State Rep., House District 101
  • Professor Camille Kraeplin - Associate Professor, Journalism, SMU
  • Youth Panelists & Participants:
  • Mirka E. - Rangel YWLS Student
  • Marissa G. - Rangel YWLS Student
  • Ashleigh E. - Rangel YWLS Student
  • Juliza V. - Rangel YWLS Student
  • Infiniti T. - Skyline High School Student
  • Fabiola T. - Skyline High School Student
  • Kierra J. - Skyline High School Student
  • Alfonso R. - Skyline High School Student
  • Angelica J. - Skyline High School Student
  • Jamarcus P. - Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy Student
  • Champion J. - Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy Student
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    Nest Student Forum - Austin, TX


    Alamo Drafthouse
    November 2016
    Students and Policymakers Discuss Solutions for Ending Sexual Assault, Exploitation, and Trafficking of Children in Texas
     
     
    moderators
    Moderator: Wendy Davis

    expert panelists

  • Toni McKinley - Crowns of Hope Executive Director; Survivor
  • Melissa Holman - Assistant Attorney General
  • Grant Sparks - Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of Texas
  • Kelly White - CEO, Safe Austin
  • Noël Bridget Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D. - Professor & Director, Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, UT-Austin
  • Youth Panelists & Participants:
  • Cloa G. - Ann Richards Student
  • Isabella B. - Ann Richards Student
  • Story D. - Ann Richards Student
  • Allegra G. - Ann Richards Student
  • Olubunmi O. - Ann Richards Student
  • Lauren B. - Ann Richards Student
  • Chloe L. - Ann Richards Student
  • Ginger R. - Ann Richards Student
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    Nest Student Forum - Dallas, TX


    George Bush Institute
    February 2016
     
     
    In February 2016, New Friends New Life, an organization in Dallas that works to restore and empower formerly trafficked girls and sexually exploited women and their children, presented the third Nest Student Forum - and our first in Texas! Students from Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School educated the audience and participated in a panel discussion with leaders in the Dallas community.
     
     
     
    moderators Co-Moderator: The Honorable Florence Shapiro
    Youth Co-Moderator: Sammie C., Irma Rangel Student

    expert panelists

  • The Honorable Morgan Meyer - TX House of Representatives
  • Professor Cheryl Nelson Butler - SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Judge Lena Levario - Former Dallas County Criminal Court Judge
  • Brooke Grona-Robb - Asst District Attorney
  • Melissa Miles - City Attorney’s Office
  • Deborah Michaels - FBI Special Agent
  • Lisa Shedden - Department of Justice
  • Youth Panelists & Participants:
  • Amy P. - Irma Rangel Student
  • Abigail T. - Irma Rangel Student
  • Ja'El T. - Irma Rangel Student
  • Melissa S. - Irma Rangel Student
  • Jennifer U. - Irma Rangel Student
  • Vanessa S. - Irma Rangel Student
  • Evelin B. - Irma Rangel Student
  • Chastity C. - Irma Rangel Student
  • Brenda C. - Irma Rangel Student
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    Nest Student Forum - Portland


    Ecotrust Building
    NOVEMBER 2015
     
     
    In partnership with Youth Ending Slavery, Nest organized our second student forum in Portland to discuss ways to prevent sexual exploitation in Oregon. Students were represented from several schools and youth groups in Portland and the event yielded candid conversations between young people and other community members.
     
     
     
     
    moderators Co-Moderator: Marci Jackson - Portland Police Bureau's Crisis Response Team Youth Co-Moderator: Avital Balwit - Board Member, Youth Ending Slavery

    expert panelists
  • Diane McKeel - Commissioner, District 4, Multnomah County
  • Rod Underhill - District Attorney, Multnomah County
  • Kathleen Taylor- State Representative, District 41
  • Chuck Lovell - Sergeant, Portland Police Bureau
  • Paloma Sparks - BOLI Legislative Director

  • Youth Speakers & panelist included 20 students from:

  • Madison High School

  • David Douglas High School

  • Youth Ending Slavery Board

  • American SPCC Youth Advisory Board

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    Nest Student Forum - Portland


    Madison High School
    May 2015
     
    In partnership with the American SPCC and with support from Portland-based youth organization, Youth Ending Slavery (YES), Nest inaugurated our Student Forums in December 2014 with students from Madison High School, David Douglas High School, and YES serving as panelists alongside leaders and policymakers in the Oregon community. Students shared information about sexual exploitation and trafficking in their city and panelists discussed ways in which changes in laws, prevention education, and community actions can help push the movement to end sexual violence against children forward.
     
     
     
     
    moderators Co-Moderator: Clare M., President, Youth Ending Slavery Youth Co-Moderator: Joel Shapiro, Attorney and Policy Advisor

    expert panelists
  • Diane McKeel - Commissioner, District 4, Multnomah County
  • JR Ujifusa - Deputy District Attorney, Multnomah County
  • Kathleen Taylor - State Representative, District 41
  • Mike Gallagher - Officer, Portland Police Bureau
  • Paloma Sparks - BOLI Legislative Director
  • Amanda Swanson - CSEC Intervention Coordinator, Crime Victims Service Division, OR Dept. of Justice
  • Youth Panelists

  • Emma C. - Board Member, Youth Ending Slavery
  • Natalie B. - Board Member, Youth Ending Slavery
  • Abraham R. - David Douglas HS, YES Chapter Member
  • Jessica M. - David Douglas HS, YES Chapter Member
  • Lasha S. - Grant High School
  • Naomi S. - Grant High School
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