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August 27 – 30, 2017 | Hyatt Regency Hotel | Austin, TX

Ovarian Psycos Film Screening 

A new generation of fierce, unapologetic and feminist women of color from East Los Angeles build a community, confront injustice and redefine identity through a bicycle crew. 

Karuna Nain

Facebook’s Global Safety Programs Manager

Beth Z, aka Your Nerdy Best Friend! 

  • How DO They Do that?
    Secret Tech Weapons for Advocacy Professionals
  • Share and Share a Like:
    29 Tech Tools to Create Cool Content for Social Media
  • Stump the Nerd Booth:
    ask Beth Z your specific tech questions!


The Danger and Thrill of Netflix & Chill: LGBTQ Dating & Relationships in a Digital Age

Scott Fried, health educator and author, discusses social networking allows us to manipulate our image and broadcast to the world the illusion of who we want to be, instead of who we are in actuality.

Malika Saada Saar 

Google’s Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights



Music Panel  

Join the Q&A with  Patricia Vonne, Angel Cintron and SaulPaul. 

Byron Hurt

Award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, anti-sexist activist and adjunct professor at Columbia University. 

River Cruise and Bat Watching  

Enjoy drinks, dinner and the downtown skyline as we cruise down the Colorado River. When the sun sets, appreciate a truly Austin experience as the largest urban bat colony in North America makes their evening emergence from South Congress Bridge.

Set against the backdrop of Austin’s vibrant music and technology scene, TCFV’s #Tech2Empower Statewide Conference is a fresh look at leveraging technology to build community, strengthen services, and tell the story of the Texas family violence movement.

This conference isn’t about “training” – it’s about creating an experiential learning forum for professionals who work within the realities of human frailty, leveraging technology, discussion, film and in-person events to maximize adult learning. 

  • Learn from state and national experts about the intersections between technology and family violence. 
  • Connect with passionate professionals. 
  • Enhance your skills and walk away with new strategies to apply in your communities.
  • CEUs available!

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#Tech2Empower is an entire conference dedicated to the application of technology within a social justice context. The schedule will include more than 40 breakout sessions and a final day dedicated to 4 innovative sessions to apply your knowledge directly to your work.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

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TimeTopic | Speaker | Description
5:30 pm - 7:00 pmHappy Hour | @ The Highball

Open to the Public

7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFilm Screening + Q&A Panel | @ Alamo Drafthouse (South Lamar)

Ovarian Psycos Documentary | Buy Tickets!
Film tickets are sold separately from conference registration.

Monday, August 28, 2017

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TimeTopic | Speaker | Description
8:00 am - 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 9:15 amWelcome
9:15 am - 10:15 amPlenary

Safety @ Facebook
Karuna Nain, Global Safety Programs Manager, Facebook

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Facebook considers safety its most important responsibility. Learn all about Facebook’s approach to online safety and the policies, tools, programs and resources Facebook provides so you can control your online safety.

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10:15 am - 10:45 amBreak
10:45 am - 12:00 pmChoose Your Own Keynote

How DO They Do That? Secret Tech Weapons for Advocacy Professionals
Beth Ziesenis, Author and Speaker, Your Nerdy Best Friend

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What if you could schedule a meeting without having to send three dozen emails to find a time everyone could meet? Or automate your little tasks that keep you from your real work? Or pass off annoying projects to someone else -- without breaking the bank? And what if you could pull all this off straight from your mobile device -- without an IT degree?
Join Your Nerdy Best Friend, aka Author Beth Ziesenis, to discover how to use free and bargain technology tools you never knew existed to work more efficiently with your colleagues, create professional-level graphics and wow your teammates. This high-energy session will give you 30+ tools that will leave people asking, "How DO they do that?"

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The Danger and Thrill of Netflix & Chill: LGBTQ Dating & Relationships in a Digital Age
Scott Fried, Public Speaker, TalkAIDS, Inc.

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Social networking allows us to manipulate our image and broadcast to the world the illusion of who we want to be, creating a false sense of intimacy, instead of allowing individuals to experience true intimacy and connection. In addition, popular apps, such as Grindr, Scruff and OK Cupid, have made it easier for people to find and hook up with others at a faster rate than at any other time in human history. While providing momentary distractions, these and other platforms also allow us to act in uncivil ways towards each other and ourselves. In this mini-plenary, Scott Fried focuses on how technology has impacted healthy relationships in the LGBTQ community. He discusses the themes of love, rejection, sex, truth, longing, HIV/AIDS and interpersonal relationship violence in the LGBTQ community as part of a personal narrative. He also exposes the secrets and hidden meanings of these interactions and the stories we tell ourselves, ultimately delivering a call to action for healthy relations and developing an appropriate Internet persona.

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12:00 pm - 1:30 pmLunch on Your Own
12:00 pm - 1:30 pmSpecial Session

Apps4Change Tech Demo
Catherine Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup

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The Apps4Change Demo brings together nonprofits, community members, and tech developers for demonstrations and discussion about technology apps designed for communities and positive social impact. Engaging, inspiring, and interactive, the demos help both presenters and attendees learn from each other about how tech can address specific community issues.

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12:00 pm - 1:30 pmBook Signings

Beth Ziesenis, Author and Speaker, Your Nerdy Best Friend
Scott Fried, Public Speaker, TalkAIDS, Inc.

1:30 pm - 2:45 pmWorkshops A

The Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade

The Healing Power of Music
Dr. Raphael Travis, Executive Director, FlowStory, PLLC; Associate Professor and BSW Program Director, School of Social Work, Texas State University

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Extend your understanding of the value of Hip Hop as a vessel for the creative arts and of the prominent role of technology in society. Participants will discuss the specific pathways by which positive experiences help to buffer the negative influences of adverse experiences; analyze the unique role of parenting in general, and fatherhood specifically as a facilitator of support and positive connection; examine and sample how the creative arts, and particularly Hip Hop culture, can promote positive and empowering experiences; review free technology-based health education and intervention strategies that integrate aspects of Hip Hop culture; and formulate strategies and activities that use Hip Hop culture to achieve learning, growth, and a sense of belonging. Revitalize your commitment to empowerment of those that need support, a voice, and agency!

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The Danger and Thrill of Netflix & Chill: The Conversation Continues
Scott Fried, Public Speaker, TalkAIDS, Inc.

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Join Scott as he continues to explore the illusion technology allows us to create of who we want to be. Following his plenary presentation, Scott dives deeper into love, rejection, sex, truth, longing, HIV/AIDS and interpersonal relationship violence in the LGBTQ community as part of a personal narrative. Scott aims to inspire and motivate you as you look to create understanding to serve LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence.

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Digital Storytelling: An Interactive Workshop on How to Infuse Digital Storytelling into Your Work
Amy Hill, Silence Speaks Director, StoryCenter

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Since 1999, Silence Speaks has supported diverse survivors of violence in sharing compelling personal narratives as short videos. This session will use discussion and hands-on activities to describe ethical approaches for sharing stories for family violence prevention advocacy, with a focus on cultural humility and working across language and culture.

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2:45 pm - 3:00 pmBreak
3:00 pm - 4:15 pmWorkshops A

29 Tech Tools to Create Cool Social Media
Beth Ziesenis, Author and Speaker, Your Nerdy Best Friend

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The most popular posts on social media are pictures and videos, and with a few easy (and free!)
tech tools, you can transform your messages into share-worthy graphics that will put your
organization out in front. This action-packed session will give you dozens of sites and apps that
will help you elevate the quality of your social media posts and other material.
• Discover sites to turn quotes into graphics
• Transform ordinary photos into works of art
• Create infographics for little or no cost

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Safety @ Facebook continued
Karuna Nain, Global Safety Programs Manager, Facebook

Building an Online Community
Anna Gonzalez, Social Media Director, NASDAQ

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We may be familiar with the power of social media in our personal lives, but how do we harness it to further the mission and goals of an organization? And how do you set up proper rules of engagement? We'll discuss best practices for winning and engaging on social media in this session.

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Safe Shelter Collaborative: Providing Faster Access
Jennifer Morrison, Director, AdvanceNet Labs
Catherine Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup

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Jennifer and Catherine will provide an overview of the tools of the Safe Shelter Collaborative; best practices being utilized in Texas around crowd source funding and donor base development as they relate to the Safe Shelter Collaborative, and will end with a discussion on the expansion of the tool in Texas.

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4:15 pm - 4:30 pmBreak
4:30 pm - 5:15 pmPlenary | Music Panel

How the Music Community Can Bring Awareness to Domestic Violence
Patricia Vonne, Musician, Songwriter, Actress, Producer, and Animator
SaulPaul, Musician, Songwriter, Producer
Angel Cintron, Musician, Songwriter

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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TimeTopic | Speaker | Description
7:30 am - 8:30 am
8:30 am - 8:45 amWelcome
8:45 am - 9:45 amPlenary

Addressing the Intersection of Human Rights and Tech from A Gendered Lens
Malika Saada Saar, Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights, Google

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In many ways cyber violence against women and girls represents the new terrain of gendered violence. At the same time, there are powerful ways in which tech is growing human rights defenders' voices and advancing new tools to bear witness to abuses perpetrated against vulnerable communities. How can we use these new tech platforms and products in service to building a more just world?

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9:45 am - 10:15 amBreak
10:15 am - 11:30 amChoose Your Own Keynote

Safe Technology
Ian Harris, Technology Safety Legal Manager, National Network to End Domestic Violence

Youth Leveraging Tech and Film to Influence Cultural Change
Shael Norris | Charles Coleman | Daisy Coleman | Ella Fairon | Jada Smith, Co-Founders, SafeBAE

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SafeBAE is a student-focused, survivor-driven organization who exists to spark change in peer culture by addressing sexual and dating violence as early as middle and high school. SafeBAE's team of 4 teen survivors/co-founders will share their experience using film and technology to create tools that authentically speak to youth audiences, engage them in the issue, and tell survivor stories, including a focus on ending harassing re-victimization of survivors online. SafeBAE’s free materials, activist tools, and educational video content is available alone or in collaboration with the Netflix film, Audrie & Daisy (the film subjects), to be screened in high schools across the country, in partnership with Futures Without Violence.

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11:30 am - 1:00 pmLunch On Your Own
11:30 am - 2:15 pmSpecial Session

Defining Success Workgroup
2nd Meeting

1:00 pm - 2:15 pmWorkshops C

TBA - film workshop

The New Networking: Coalition- and Community-Building
Jane Claire Hervey, Founder and Director, #bossbabesATX
Leslie Lozano, Co-Founding Board Member and Arts/Workshop Coordinator, #bossbabesATX

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In a world of online friending, how do you make genuine personal and professional connections? In this talk, the founders of #bossbabesATX will explore their authentic, innovative approach to networking and collaboration.

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#GUILTY: Identifying, Preserving, and Presenting Digital Evidence
Jane Anderson, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas

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The way we interact with technology continues to increase and evolve as we rely on computers, smart phones, and other digital devices to complete many of our daily activities. Unfortunately, as technology becomes more integral to our lives, offenders have increasingly misused technology to facilitate crimes against women, and as a means to assert power and control in the course of an intimate partner relationship. Where technology is being used to perpetrate crimes, investigators and prosecutors can identify, preserve, and present digital evidence in order strengthen cases, support victims, and hold offenders accountable for the full range of their criminal and abusive activity.
This presentation will demonstrate how cyber investigations can be used to reveal evidence of criminal activity, as well as evidence of the power and control dynamics of an abusive intimate partner relationship. The presenter will discuss theories of admission, rules of evidence, and case law will be discussed using “real life” examples to demonstrate how to properly authenticate and introduce digital evidence in civil and criminal proceedings.

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TESSA Project: Collaborative and Integrated Systems Between Health Clinics & DV Programs
Jessica Grace, Program Manager, Behavioral & Community Health, UNT Health Science Center
Dr. Emily Spence-Almaguer, PhD, Associate Dean for Community Engagement & Health Equity and Associate Professor, UNT Health Science Center

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Screening for Interpersonal Violence is a recommended practice within primary care clinics, yet screening rates remain low. The TESSA project is designed to bypass common barriers to screening and patient engagement by using technology solutions that allow for self-administered screening embedded in a check-in process, provide trauma informed clinician guidance within the electronic medical record, and tele linkage to immediate health advocacy services for identified victims. This session will provide an overview of TESSA, detailing the approaches we have used and ways to build support from existing community partnerships such as IPV service agencies and an EMS provider.

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2:15 pm - 2:30 pmBreak
2:30 pm - 3:45 pmWorkshops D

How Can TechSoup Help Your Nonprofit?
Catherine Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, Caravan Studios (a division of TechSoup)

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TechSoup, a 501(c)(3) organization, has been helping nonprofits and libraries access and use technology for over 30 years. Many nonprofits and libraries know us from our product philanthropy service that offers technology products at 4% to 6% of retail from companies such as Adobe, Microsoft, Cisco, and Symantec. But there’s more to us than that! Come meet TechSoup reps who will provide an overview of what TechSoup offers, including tech tools to help with community outreach and fundraising.

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Human Trafficking: How Technology Facilitates Exploitation and Healing
Bill Bernstein, Deputy Directory, Mosaic Family Services
John Nehme, President & CEO, Allies Against Slavery
Brandi Reed, Director of Education & Prevention, Family Support Services

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Trafficking is very much a hidden crime, especially certain types of labor trafficking, which is a type of crime that is rarely identified. Mr. Bernstein will talk about many of the barriers to identifying and uncovering cases of human trafficking, more correctly known as modern-day slavery, as well as some of the common misconceptions about trafficking. He will cover many aspects of this crime, providing several examples of various types of trafficking, including sex and labor trafficking involving women and men, foreign-born and domestic, adults and minors.
Several cases will be discussed to show examples of challenges we face in working with trafficked persons and bringing the perpetrators to justice. The control that traffickers have over those whom they are abusing will be explained. Those attending will gain an understanding of why people who are trafficked do not self-identify or reach out for help, and how to overcome this barrier.

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Project ReVEAL: Initial Evaluation of the Use of Video Statements in Family Violence Cases
Jaime Esparza, JD, District Attorney, 34th Judicial District
Leila Wood, Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at University of Texas at Austin

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Project ReVEAL (Recording Victim Video Statements as Evidence to Advance Legal Outcomes in Family Violence Cases) evaluates the use of videotaped statements taken by officers to increase law enforcement investigation skills and prosecutor readiness and aid decision making in family violence cases. Initial findings of the pilot evaluation will be presented, including practice implementation and outcomes.

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Intimate Partner Violence and Brain Injury: A New Approach
Joshua Brown, Neurofeedback Mentor/Trainer, Fort Bend Women's Center
Peggy Wright, Counseling Supervisor, Fort Bend Women's Center

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As traumatic brain injury (TBI), symptoms have become increasingly well known within populations of combat veterans and athletes, survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) have received little to no attention. Screening and interventions to remediate TBI symptoms are exceedingly rare in the IPV community. Fort Bend Women’s Center staff will educate the audience about IPV and the link to TBI through an in-depth exploration of our unique qEEG-guided neurofeedback pilot.
Participants will be presented with an overview of the link between domestic violence and traumatic brain. This will be followed by a brief explanation of neurofeedback (including a live demonstration), its history, and relevant research. Finally, there will be a discussion of the current program model, the evaluation process used, and the outcomes thus far.

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3:45 pm - 4:00 pmBreak
4:00 pm - 5:15 pmWorkshops E

Enhancing Survivor Parent and Child Safety: The Safe and Together Model
David Mandel, Founder, Safe and Together

Mobile Advocacy: Enhancing Connections to Survivor Services
Glenaan O'Neil, Regional Director of Immigrant Victims Services, Lone Star Victims Advocacy
Heather Bellino, Executive Director, Texas Advocacy Project

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This workshop will focus on how best to leverage a mixture high and low tech approaches to providing direct victims services and advocacy to clients living in under served rural communities.

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Agency Use of Technology
Ian Harris, Technology Safety Legal Manager, National Network to End Domestic Violence

Workshop TBA

6:30 pm - 8:30 pmSpecial Event
Lone Star River Cruise with Dinner
Boarding begins at 6:30 pm. Boat departs at 7:00 pm.

All DayRegistration
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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TimeTopic | Speaker | Description
8:00 am - 8:45 amBreakfast
8:45 am - 12:00 pmPrevention Hackathon: Level Up Your Social Media Game

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This hands-on session explores strategies for developing trending prevention content, youth-led & youth-centered social media efforts, and putting your social media analytics to evaluative use. Participants are encouraged to stay for both part 1 and 2 of the session.
BYOD - bring your own device! We will have some available for group use.

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8:45 am - 10:15 am | Trending: Developing Prevention Content & Youth-Led Social Media Strategies
10:15 am - 10:30 am | Break
10:30 am - 12:00 am | Program Evaluation + Telling Your Social Media Story

Designed for Prevention Coaching Group members, prevention & outreach staff, social media staff
8:45 am - 12:00 pmTech Townhall on Immigration
8:45 am - 9:45 am | TBA
9:45 am - 10:45 am | TBA
10:45 am - 11:00 am | Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm | TBA
8:45 am - 12:00 pmProtective Parenting
8:45 am - 9:45 am | David Mandel, Founder, Safe and Together
9:45 am - 10:45 am | Joshua Brown, Neurofeedback Mentor/Trainer | Peggy Wright, Counseling Supervisor - Fort Bend Women's Center
10:45 am - 11:00 am | Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Miriam Jansky, Trauma Services Director, Center for Child Protection

Designed for: CPS, DV advocates
8:45 am - 12:00 pm
Innovating Skills
8:45 am - 9:45 am | Mobile Advocacy
9:45 am - 10:45 am | Tech Safety | Ian Harris, NNEDV
10:45 am - 11:45 am | Data Outcomes: Storytelling and Trafficking
8:45 am - 12:00 pm

Predicting the Possible: Utilizing Analytics to Drive Community Response to Domestic Violence Offenders
8:45 am - 10:15 am | Susan Scrupski, Founder, Big Mountain Data
10:15 am - 10:30 am | Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm | TBA

Designed for: BIPP providers, CCR members, DVHRT members, prosecutors, judges, law enforcement, and legal advocates
12:00 pm - 12:30 pmLuncheon
12:30 pm - 1:30 pmPlenary

Byron Hurt, Documentary Filmmaker and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University
1:30 pm - 2:00 pmClosing


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  • If you are a government agency and need to pay by check, email Crystal Tabony.

Full Conference

For admission to all sessions and included meals on each day of August 28, 29, and 30.

Regular Registration Rates
$270: TCFV Member
$320: Non-member

Early Registration Rates

Ended June 15, 2017
$225: TCFV Member
$275: Non-member

One Day Only

For admission to all sessions and included meals on ONE day of either August 28, 29, or 30.

$165: TCFV Member or Non-Member


Available with any conference registration.

Lone Star River Cruise with Dinner
$15: TCFV Member
$25: Non-Member

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellations received by August 6, 2017 will receive a refund, minus a $25 processing fee. Cancellations after this date are non-refundable.


Contact Crystal Tabony, Information Visualization & Administrative Specialist, at ctabony@tcfv.org.

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Karuna Nain

Karuna Nain is Global Safety Programs Manager at Facebook, based in the Menlo Park, CA office, where she oversees the development and implementation of Facebook’s safety policy programs throughout the world. She has worked on developing the NNEDV Privacy and Safety guide for Facebook, redesigning the Facebook Safety Center, Bullying Prevention Hub and launching a Parents Portal as well as supporting Facebook’s suicide prevention efforts.


Malika Saada Saar

Malika Saada Saar is Google’s Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights. Before joining Google, Malika was founder and Executive Director of the Human Rights Project for Girls (Rights4Girls), a human rights organization focused on gender-based violence against young women and girls in the U.S. She also served as Special Counsel on Human Rights at The Raben Group. As a human rights lawyer and advocate, Malika led the effort to shut down Craigslist sex ads that served as the leading site for the trafficking of children for sex, ended the federal practice of shackling pregnant mothers behind bars in U.S. prisons, and successfully advocated for millions in federal funding for treatment services for at-risk families. Newsweek and the Daily Beast have named Malika as one of “150 Women Who Shake the World.”

The Obama White House selected Ms. Saada Saar to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights and Essie Justice Group.

Malika has been featured in the Daily Beast, Huffington Post, O: The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Politico, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Elle, Redbook Magazine, Essence, Tavis Smiley Show, BBC, ABC News, Good Morning America, CNN, and National Public Radio. She has also been honored by Brown University’s highest alumni award, the Roger Williams award, and by Georgetown Law Center’s esteemed Robert F. Drinan Award for Public Service.

Malika holds a B.A. from Brown University, M.A. in education from Stanford University, and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.


Patricia Vonne

Patricia Vonne has proven herself a truly ascendant and transcendent musical artist. The San Antonio, Texas native singer, songwriter, bandleader and actress just released her 6th album “Viva Bandolera” of Texas border rock on her own Bandolera Records.

Patricia continues her trailblazing ride along the borderline where Castillian & Mexican infusions of flamenco and fiery gypsy guitar meets all- American rock ‘n’ roll. Her song “Traeme Paz” was featured in the film ” Once Upon a Time in Mexico” and she was voted Best Female Vocalist 2014 & 2015 at the Austin Music Awards. Patricia has toured internationally including the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. She has shared the stage with Chris Isaak, Los Lobos, Raul Malo & .collaborated with Texas musical heavyweights such as Charlie Sexton, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, Rosie Flores, Doyle Bramhall & Flaco Jimenez.

Patricia reprises her role as Dallas (aka Zorro Girl) in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and has appeared in Spy Kids, Desperado and Machete Kills. Her award winning animation videos shot and edited by Patricia, features her original illustrations for her song “El Marinero y La Sirena which won the audience award at Cine Las Americas Film Fest 2015 & was featured at SXSW Film Fest 2015 and “Paris Trance” which screened at the Paris Film Festival, Paris Short Film Festival, Cine Las Americas International Film Festival & Women’s Independent Film Fest 2016 & her latest homage to Federico Garcia Lorca “Huerta de San Vicente” will screen in May 2017 at Cine Las Americas Film Fest.

“Imagine a young Chrissie Hynde fronting the Mavericks with a little help from Calexico” – Word magazine


Saul Paul

SaulPaul is a Musician with a Message. Part rapper/part singer songwriter, SaulPaul is an entertaining artist who blends his voice, his guitar and his loop pedal to create a live show that is nothing less than an EXPERIENCE. For over a decade, SaulPaul has entertained and inspired audiences at amazing venues across the world including 2 TEDx Talks, 5 Super Bowls and the Kennedy Center for Performing arts.

He’s performed at some of the world’s most esteemed music festivals and lectured at some of the country’s top universities. He has collaborated with artists from around the world and has also been featured on MTV, LA TIMES, ESPN Radio and countless other media outlets.

His mission is to inspire, empower and entertain. As an influential voice in corporate social responsibility, he has consulted and assisted in creating campaigns and projects for the United Nations Foundation, Spotify, Johnson & Johnson and the NFL. As an artist advocate, he currently serves as a Texas Governor for the Recording Academy.

In part because of his art and part because of his heart, June 12th was deemed SaulPaul Day by the Mayor of Austin, TX. Most recently he was also selected as the recipient of the 2017 Austinite of the Year Award as well as the Arts, Media and Entertainment Award for excellence in the arts and service to the Austin community.


Angel Cintron

At the age of 8, San Antonio, Texas native Angelina Cintron, embarked on a journey with singing and performing to perfect her craft of songwriting, which began at just 12 years old. Today at the age of 18, Angel has progressed in her musical abilities and is now capable on multiple instruments consisting of the violin, ukulele, and piano. She entices her followers with a sound of an alternative pop/RnB style. Angel has managed to accumulate an organic following of over 162k on Instagram alone. Her social media outlets on Facebook and Twitter, among others, are also gaining traction into the thousands of followers.

Angel has recently completed a new project of 3 songs written by herself and publishing company Cloud 9’s “The Mutints”, who also produced the tracks. Music in the process includes productions from Track Entertainment, Adam Zelkind, and Big Chrizzle, among others, is scheduled for release this year. An opportunity to collaborate with Atlantic Records recording artist Jaymes Young is another project Angel has embraced. She began her first venture in the latter part of 2015. Every composition on the EP was near and dear to her heart and gave a glimpse into the personal life of the artist. The writing credit in each of the songs of her EP is given to her as well. The order of the tracks follows a path of how Angel found herself as a person and as an artist. The project was released in October 2016, entitled “Arise”.

With countless musical works coming Angel’s way, 2017 is already looking to be a promising year for the aspiring Angel Cintron. She also looks forward to having her music published in films and TV shows as she continues building her song catalogue. Creating brand new material will be at the heart of Angel’s focus to create more music and visuals for her expanding fan base.


Beth Ziesenis

Meet Your New Nerdy Best Friend…Beth Ziesenis: Author. Speaker. Nerd. Although the only real trophy she ever won was for making perfect French fries at McDonald’s in high school, Beth Z has been featured on Best Speaker lists by Meetings & Conventions magazine and MeetingsNet. Since her first Commodore 64 computer, Beth has made a verb out of the word nerd. She helps computer users all over the country filter through thousands of apps, gadgets, widgets and doodads to find the perfect free and bargain technology tools for business and personal use through presentations and her books, including the latest title, Nerd Know-How: The 27+ Best Apps for Work and How to Use ‘Em, available on Amazon.com.


Scott Fried

Scott is a talented, passionate and captivating professional speaker. Scott is also a health educator and an author, and he speaks about a variety of topics including diversity, inclusion, human rights, LGBTQ issues, sexual responsibility, abstinence, dating, transmission of HIV, alternative sexuality, eating disorders, body image, self-mutilation, suicide, alcohol and drug misuse, divorce, broken-heartedness, intimacy, spirituality, and the effects of technology in this digital age.

He is also the author of three books: If I Grow Up: Talking with Teens about AIDS, Love and Staying Alive; I i My Invisible Kingdom: Letters From the Secret Lives of Teens; and A Private Midnight: A Teenager’s Scrapbook of Secrets. He has a DVD of his parent lecture entitled, “How to Talk to the Creature in Your Car.” He has been published in numerous periodicals and newspapers and is featured in the books The Five Gifts of Illness: A ReconsiderationLiving Proof: Courage in the Face of AIDSThe Faces of AIDS: Lives at the Epicenter; and The World is a Narrow Bridge: Stories that Celebrate Hope and Healing.

Each year, Scott leads a team of volunteers to Roatan, Hondura to do community work for indigent families, conduct HIV/AIDS educational workshops, feed prisoners and hand out thousands of free condoms.


Ian Harris

Technology Safety Legal Manager, National Network to End Domestic Violence


SafeBAE, Co-Founders

SafeBAE is a student-focused, survivor-driven organization whose mission is to raise awareness about sexual assault in middle and high schools and student’s rights under Title IX. SafeBAE is focused on preventing dating violence and sexual assault by giving students the tools to change peer culture, end harassing re-victimization, and advocate for consent and safe relationship education.

Charles Coleman

Daisy Coleman

Ella Fairon

Jada Smith

Shael Norris

Byron Hurt

Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, anti-sexist activist, and an adjunct professor at Columbia University. Hurt is also the former host of the Emmy-nominated series, “REEL WORKS with BYRON HURT.” His critically acclaimed documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and broadcast nationally on PBS’ Emmy-award winning series Independent Lens.

Byron’s previous film, Soul Food Junkies, won “Best Documentary” at several film festivals, including, the CNN Best Documentary Award at the American Black Film Festival, and Best Documentary at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City. Soul Food Junkies also aired nationally on PBS’ Emmy-Award winning series Independent Lens in January 2013.

A member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Hurt is in production for his upcoming film, Hazing.

Mr. Hurt has been featured in various media publications ranging from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Philadelphia Tribune, to The Final Call; from O, The Oprah Magazine to Mother Jones, Chronicle for Higher Education, Black Enterprise, and The Source and Double XL Magazines, as well as allhiphop.com. He has also appeared or been heard on MSNBC, NPR, CNN, FOX News, Access Hollywood, MTV, BET, ABC News World Tonight, NBC-New York, C-Span, and The Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Michael Baisden Show, among countless other outlets. Comments and reviews of his films can be found all over the Internet and in the blogosphere.

Special Events

Ovarian Psycos Film Screening

Join us at the Alamo Drafthouse for a special screening of Ovarian Psycos. A new generation of fierce, unapologetic and feminist women of color from East Los Angeles build a community, confront injustice and redefine identity through a bicycle crew. In partnership with Women’s Community Center of Central Texas: Alt Girl Cinema.

Sunday, August 27 at 7:00 PM
Buy Tickets!

  • Open to the public.
  • Tickets sold separately from conference registration.


Music Panel

Don’t miss this special music panel with Patricia Vonne, SaulPaul, and Angel Cintron to shine a light on domestic violence.

Monday, August 28 at 4:30 PM
Exclusive to conference attendees.


Lone Star River Cruise with Dinner

TCFV’s work is powered by members! Join us for our member appreciation event and cruise down the Colorado River. Enjoy drinks, dinner and the downtown skyline. As the sun sets, appreciate a truly Austin experience as the largest urban bat colony in North America makes their evening emergence from South Congress Bridge.

Tuesday, August 29 at sunset
$15 for TCFV Members
$25 for Non-members

  • Price includes dinner.
  • Boarding begins at 6:30 pm and boat departs at 7:00 pm.
  • Dock is very close to the hotel and details are located here.

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Tech Hubs

Learn more about the tools that you can use to further your work. Throughout the conference, experts will be available to personally answer your questions about making tech work for you.

Beth Ziesenis – Stump the Nerd Booth
Author and Speaker, Your Nerdy Best Friend

Amy Hill – StoryCenter
Silence Speaks Director, StoryCenter

Catherine Johnson – Apps4Change
Chief Operating Officer, TechSoup/Caravan Studios

Jennifer Morrison – SafeNight App
Director, AdvanceNet Labs

Assistive Technologies for Survivors
Texas Technology Access Program


Hyatt Regency Austin HotelHyatt_Regency_Riverview_Room
208 Barton Springs Rd | Austin, TX 78704

Reserve Your Lodging Now

  • Participants must reserve and pay for their own rooms.
  • Block rate is available for the nights of August 27, 28, and 29.
  • Rates start at $141 + tax per night.
  • Rates are available until August 6, 2017.

Hotel Parking

  • Overnight Self-Parking:
    $10 within block rate
    $24 regular rate
  • Daily Self-Parking:
    0-5 hours – $5.00 per hour
    5 + hours – $24.00
  • Overnight Valet: $32.00
  • Daily Valet Parking: $19.00 with no in/out privileges

Questions About Lodging?

Contact Anoush Crane, Event Planner, at acrane@anoushcrane.com.


The closest airport is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS).

  • Airport Super Shuttle:
    Transfer from the airport to the hotel is $14 per person. Reservations are not required for transport from the airport to the hotel, but advance pickup arrangements must be secured to travel from the hotel to the airport. Please call 512-258-3826 or contact the concierge to arrange a pickup.
  • Taxi:
    Taxi transportation to and from Hyatt Regency Austin is approximately $20 – $27 for one passenger.
  • Car Rental:
    If you didn’t rent a car from the airport, no worries! Numerous rental companies offer complimentary delivery of rental vehicles to the hotel. Please contact the concierge for more information.


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