Nest student forum: Portland

Empowering Youth in the Face of Sexual Violence

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Opening remarks by Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum

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

May 31, 2017

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Event starts promptly at 6pm.
Students, please check in with Nishima by 5:30pm.
Expert panelists, please check in with Nishima by 5:40pm

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Student panelists from Madison, David Douglas, Cleveland High Schools, and Youth Ending Slavery.

Attorney General

Ellen F. Rosenblum

Field Representative, U.S. Senator Wyden

Grace Stratton

Moderator, Dir of Programs, World Affairs Council of OR

Tim DuRoche

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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.

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Attorney and Victim Advocate

Joel Shapiro

Trafficking Intervention Coordinator, Oregon DOJ

Amanda Monaco

Associate Professor WGSS, PSU

Sri Craven

Supervisor, FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children

Denise Biehn

Representative, District 43

Tawna Sanchez

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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.

Sri Craven // Assistant Professor, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Portland State University

Sri Craven teaches the relationship between WGS and feminism in a variety of ways: by studying popular cultural forms such as comedy, film, and literature; through social critical theory from critical race and ethnic studies, and feminist and queer studies; and by practicing a feminist pedagogy based in intersectional perspectives. Her research focuses on how the ‘transnational’ as a conceptual term may be used to revise and practice feminist and queer curricula, pedagogy, and critiques of cultural texts and social issues. Sri is especially invested in creating and building sustainable communities, which respond to the many ethical demands of our times by exploring and engaging the connections between many of our critical issues. Sri sees mentorship and support of young people as crucial to such a project and process.

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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




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What time should I arrive? 

  • Student speakers/panelists should arrive by 5:30pm and check in with Nishima. Expert panelists should arrive by 5:40pm and check in with Nishima. The event will start promptly at 6pm.

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Run of Show

[30 minutes]
Student Emcees introduce Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum
Opening Remarks - Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum
Student Emcees introduce Grace Stratton
Letter from Senator Ron Wyden - Grace Stratton
Student Emcees introduce Nishima Chudasama
About Nest Foundation - Nishima Chudasama
Student Emcees introduce Gaye Chapman, Teacher
Teaching and Engaging Students - Gaye Chapman
Student Emcees introduce Jayne Frost, student spoken word performer
Student Spoken Word Performance - Jayne Frost

[70 minutes]
Moderated Discussion - Tim and Panelists

[20 minutes]
• Audience Q&A
• Call To Action and Thank you - Brody Kreiter/Hannah Buckley, Cleveland High School
• 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.