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The Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation’s Fourth Annual Survivor-Led Symposium, 4/2

Due to on-going concerns surrounding the coronavirus, this event has been postponed until further notice.

Please see the University's COVID-19 Update for more details. 

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Moving the Movement Forward


Thursday, April 2, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Inn at Villanova
601 County Line Road, Wayne, PA 19087


It is imperative that the experiences of survivors inform the development of policies and best practices to combat commercial sexual exploitation. Survivor voices must remain front and center of the anti-trafficking movement as we work together to shape policy, provide services, and work towards a world where commercial sexual exploitation is a relic of the past.

This year, survivor leaders will lead a series of cutting-edge panels, discussions and presentations focusing on topical issues related to commercial sexual exploitation and moving the movement forward.

The Symposium is free to survivors. It is approved by Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 6.5 substantive CLE credits and is also approved by The National Association of Social Workers for 6.5 CEU credits.

Registration cost includes breakfast and lunch, along with entry to the reception.

Following the Symposium, we will also be celebrating the 5th anniversary of the CSE Institute’s official launch with a special fundraising reception and awards ceremony at Charles Widger School of Law. 



Subject to change


8:00-9:00 a.m.: Registration & Breakfast


9:00-9:10 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks


9:30-10:30 a.m.: The Survivor-Ally Relationship: Taking an Honest Look

Audrey Morrissey, Associate Director & National Survivor Leadership Director, My Life My Choice
Lisa Goldblatt Grace, LICSW, MPH, Co-Founder & Executive Director, My Life My Choice


10:30-10:45 a.m.: Break


10:45-11:15 a.m.: Survivor Speaker

Christine Stark, Author, Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation


11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Panel Discussion – Equality/Abolitionist Model: A Conversation About Progressive Prostitution Policy

Alisa Bernard, Director of Education and Partnerships, Organization for Prostitution Survivors
Marie DeLeon, Survivor Leadership Consultant and Founder, Healing Journey
Cherie Jiminez, Founder, EVA Center
Suzanne Jay, Advocate, Vancouver Rape Relief & Women's Shelter
Moderated by Ane Mathieson, LMSW, Project Director, the EMPOWER Center at Sanctuary for Families


12:15-1:15 p.m.: Lunch Break & Networking


1:15-1:45 p.m.: Survivor Speaker

Kathleen Mitchell, Founder, Dignity House Programs


1:45-2:45 p.m.: Panel Discussion – How Research Helps to Inform on the Ground Policy Reforms

Angie Henderson, PhD, Professor of Sociology, University of Northern Colorado
Peter Qualliotine, Co-founder, Organization for Prostitution Survivors and Equality Model Initiative, EVA Center
Christine Raino, Senior Director of Public Policy, Shared Hope International
Moderated by Jamie Rosseland, Writer, Speaker and Advocate 


2:45-3:00 p.m.: Break


3:00-4:00 p.m.: Panel Discussion – Trauma and Substance Use Disorder

Cathy Bauer, Diversion Program Manager, Catholic Charities Community Services Arizona
Joy Friedman, Domestic & Sexual Violence Advocate, Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center
Liz Johnstone, Director, Living in Freedom Together (LIFT) & Jana's Place
Moderated by Dr. Priya E. Mammen, Urban Innovation Fellow, Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, Drexel University


4:00 p.m.: Wrap-Up & Closing Remarks

Tammy McDonnell, Survivor Advocate & Street Outreach Coordinator, Covenant House Pennsylvania