Nest student forum: Portland

Empowering Youth in the Face of Sexual Violence

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Event Details

Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center // Ecotrust
Billy Frank, Jr. Conference Center
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209


See FAQ Below for parking info

Event starts promptly at 6pm.
Students, please check in with Nishima by 5:30pm.
Expert panelists, please check in with Nishima by 5:45pm

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Student panelists from Portland Public Schools and David Douglas School District

Keynote Speaker


Special Guest




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Tim DuRoche // Moderator, Director of Programs, World Affairs Council of Oregon

Tim DuRoche has worked for over 25 years as an artist, writer, curator, and facilitator of community conversations in both Portland and Minneapolis. His artistic practice and nonprofit programs have for many years been concerned with the public realm and how we share the commons. Currently he’s the director of programs for the World Affairs Council of Oregon, where he's worked since 2010, producing upwards of 400 programs on global issues. Very active in the region around nonprofit, cultural equity, arts and education, and interfaith issues, Tim has served on the boards of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition and Coalition for Livable Future, has been a member of the State Commission on Civic Engagement, Oregon Nikkei Endowment's Program Committee, and the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, among other voluntarism commitments. He's a frequent public speaker and moderator for cultural organizations including Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Oregon Humanities, Wordstock, Portland Center for Public Humanities, the Multnomah County Library, and Portland Business Alliance, among others. Tim is also a jazz musician and radio host for listener-supported KMHD Jazz Radio, in what passes for his spare time.

Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum

A former federal prosecutor and state trial and appellate judge, Ellen Rosenblum was first elected to a four-year term as Oregon's 17th Attorney General in November, 2012 and was re-elected to a second term November 8, 2016. She is the first woman to serve as Oregon Attorney General. Her priorities include consumer protection and civil rights – advocating for and protecting Oregon's children, seniors, immigrants and crime victims and those saddled with education-related debt. She is committed to assisting district attorneys and local law enforcement in prosecuting elder abuse and complex crimes and has made crimes against children as well as consumer internet privacy high priorities. Attorney General Rosenblum has been active in local and national organizations of lawyers, judges and attorneys general. She has served on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General and she is the immediate past Chair of the Conference of Western Attorneys General. She has served as Secretary of the American Bar Association and is the Chair of the ABA Section of State & Local Government Law. She co-founded the section’s Attorneys General and Department of Justice Issues Committee (AGDJ).

Grace Stratton

Grace Stratton is the Multnomah County Field Representative for US Senator Ron Wyden. She has worked for Senator Wyden for three years. During this time, Grace has worked closely with partners in Multnomah County and Oregon to help raise awareness and combat the problem of Sex Trafficking on behalf of Senator Wyden who is a long-time advocate for survivors of trafficking and has worked to pass numerous bills that address this issue.

Joel Shapiro // Speaker

Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator

Amy Collins

FBI Violent Crimes Against Children Squad

Isaac Delong

Assoc. Prof. in the School of Social Work at P.S.U.

Dr. Alma M.O. Trinidad





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Joel Shapiro, Attorney and Victim Advocate

Joel Shapiro has worked on sex trafficking policy at the federal, state, and local level. He has served as Chief Counsel to Sen. Ron Wyden, Policy Counsel to Commissioner Diane McKeel, and lobbyist for the Kids Are Not For Sale in Oregon coalition. In addition to policy work, he represents victims of sex trafficking in civil law suits in his law practice.

Amanda Monaco // Trafficking Intervention Coordinator, Oregon Department of Justice Crime Victims Service Division

Amanda Monaco is the statewide Trafficking Intervention Coordinator with the Oregon Department of Justice. She has 8 years of experience working with and for victims of trafficking. She currently chairs the Attorney General’s Trafficking Intervention Advisory Committee working with stakeholders around the state of Oregon on addressing the states response for victims of trafficking. She continues to work directly with community partners such as local and federal Law Enforcement, the District Attorney and United States Attorney offices, DHS, homeless youth programs, child abuse centers, advocates, and many other organizations in an effort to build a coordinated and collaborative response for victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, and labor trafficking in each county throughout the state.

Alma M.O. Trinidad// Associate Professor of Social WOrk, Portland State University

Dr. Alma M.O. Trinidad, PhD, MSW is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Portland State University. Born and raised on the island of Molokai in Hawai‘i, she is a Filipina macro social worker and scholar activist. She brings an array of scholarly work and practice in community development and organizing, policy analysis, organizational culture and processes, and collective impact in the areas of health promotion and education among diverse communities. Her publications have focused on critical Indigenous pedagogy of place, youth empowerment, social determinants of health and education, participatory action research, and leadership and mentorship for social change and equity. Other research and teaching interests include critical humanist design thinking, culturally responsible research methods, and faith-based organizing. She serves on several boards of community-based organizations and grassroots groups in addressing issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Past consultations with government and other systems included collaborative and participatory processes for youth of color and historically minoritized communities.

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Tawna Sanchez, Representative, District 43

Representative Tawna Sanchez has spent her life working to strengthen our community. Born of Shoshone-Bannock, Ute, and Carrizo descent, Tawna grew up in Portland, and for many years has been a leader fighting for the rights of women, indigenous people, and the most vulnerable. As the Director of Family Services at the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), Tawna helped create the Early College Academy, expanded early childhood services, affordable housing development, elder support, and assisted in building a nationally recognized domestic violence wrap-around service model. Over time, Tawna has helped raise 18 foster kids, and has been active in state policy making – serving on the Family Services Review Commission and the Child Welfare Advisory Committee. As a state representative, Tawna remains committed to standing up for social justice on the side of the oppressed, and pushing to make our systems more equitable




Event FAQs

What time should I arrive? 

  • Student speakers/panelists should arrive by 5:30pm and check in with Nishima. Expert panelists should arrive by 5:45pm and check in with Nishima. The event will start promptly at 6pm.

Where can I get parking information and directions? 

Is this event open to the public? 

  • This event is open to the public.

Is this event free?

  • This event is free to the public and we invite donations of $25 to support Nest’s prevention education programs.

How do my friends and family RSVP for the event? 

More questions? Email nishima AT!

Run of Show

[30 minutes]
Student Emcees introduce Opening Speaker
Opening Remarks - Opening Speaker
Student Emcees introduce Special Guest
Brief remarks - Special Guest
Student Emcees introduce Nishima Chudasama
About Nest Foundation - Nishima Chudasama
Student Emcees introduce Teacher
Teaching and Engaging Students - Teachern
Student Emcees introduce Student Performer, student spoken word performer
Student Spoken Word Performance

[70 minutes]
Moderated Discussion - Moderator and Panelists

[20 minutes]
• Audience Q&A
• Call To Action and Thank you - Students
• Quick Wrap-Up and note about student capstone projects/local organizations - Nishima

• Emcees will have two reserved seats in the very front row, close to the podium. They will start the evening by standing at the podium and return to their seats in between introducing speakers.
• All other non-panelist speakers, including spoken word performers and call-to-action speaker will also be seated in reserved seats and go up to the podium to speak and then return to their seats.
• Student and expert panelists will begin the evening by being seated at a table at the front of the room, facing the audience.

Nest Student Forums:

Frequently Asked Questions


 What are the goals of a Nest Student Forum?

 The goals of these events are to:

  • Bring conversations students have had into the classroom to their community.

  • Hear real-world examples and anecdotes from experts to shed light on the realities of child sexual exploitation, including sexual abuse, sextortion, and trafficking.

  • Discuss the role and impact of technology, sexting, and youth internet culture in creating or exacerbating vulnerability while emphasizing smart and informed use of technology rather than fear and shame.

  • Hear from teenagers about what they have learned in the Nest Curriculum, what they feel is valuable and what is missing in their overall education, and to listen to their lived experiences, perceptions, ideas, and frustrations.

What is the format of a Nest Student Forum?

 The event typically begins with brief remarks from several speakers. In the past, speakers have included, attorney generals, state senators, teachers, students performing spoken word, and other local leaders. One or two students from participating schools serve as emcees and introduce these intial speakers.

The event then flows into a moderated discussion between students, who are seated together at one table and expert panelists, who are seated at another table. The moderator starts the conversation by briefly introducing each panelist and then asking specific questions to kick things off. After that, the moderator facilitates a conversation among the student and expert panelists.

Following the moderated conversation, there is an audience Q+A. The evening ends a call to action. 

Who is in the audience?

This event is open to the public and the audience usually includes high school students who have taken the Nest Curriculum and those that have not, high school teachers, parents/family members, representatives from local organizations, and the general public. We always appreciate help in getting the word out about these events!

Who is responsible for organizing these events?

Event logistics are handled by Nest but we do work with teachers to coordinate student participation and any other logistics, such as organizing buses/transport.

How many Nest Student Forums do you host?

We typically host one Nest Student Forum per school year in each city we are serving. These events take place either in Nov/Dec or Apr/May depending on the calendars of the schools we are working with. Each Nest Student Forum includes students representing all of the schools implementing the Nest Curriculum that school year.

 Do you have any video or clips from other forums?

Please feel free to view and share highlights from the Nest Student Forum that took place in Dallas, TX in November 2016: