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

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 Hadyn Vitera. 

Byron Hurt

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

Verizon Wireless Membership River Cruise | SOLD OUT

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.

Presented by Verizon Wireless

Ovarian Psycos Film Screening | SOLD OUT

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. 


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.
  • 19.50 CEUs available—includes 19.50 CJAD hours!

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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

Before 7:00 pmBikin' Betties Bike Ride | Route TBA

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

Ovarian Psycos Documentary | SOLD OUT

Monday, August 28, 2017

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TimeTopic | Speaker | Description
8:00 am - 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 5:00 pmTech Hub opens! | View the Tech Hub schedule.

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 that Facebook provides so you can both control your online safety and guide survivors in the process or securing their own.

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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? How about if you could automate all the 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?

Join Your Nerdy Best Friend, Author Beth Ziesenis, to discover how to use free and bargain technology tools you never knew existed. Work more efficiently with your colleagues, create professional-level graphics and wow your teammates. This high-energy session will give you 30+ tools for improving your life and work, and leave people asking, "How do they do that amazing thing?"

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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. This can create a false sense of intimacy in lieu of allowing people to experience true intimacy and connection. In addition, popular apps such as Grindr, Scruff and OKCupid, 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 impacts 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, he delivers a call to action for healthy relations and for developing an appropriate Internet persona, and supporting others to do so as well.

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

Apps4Change 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 created for a positive social impact. Engaging, inspiring, and interactive, the demos help both presenters and attendees learn from each other about how tech can address 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

Confronting Injustice and Building Coalitions
Adriana Canales | Xela De La X | Jocelyn Hernandez | Maryann Urdiales, Members, Ovarian Psycos
Iliana Sosa (moderator), Filmmaker, Director

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Featured in the film Ovarian Psycos by award-winning filmmakers Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle, Las Ovas’ community organizing work builds connection through a biking community and mobilizes women to confront and address the root causes of interpersonal violence in their lives. Texas filmmaker Iliana Sosa facilitates a discussion with members of the Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade on strategies they use to build community and confront injustice, the process of telling their stories through film, and how the film has helped the group to build their message about the work.

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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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Expand your understanding of the value of Hip Hop as a vessel for the creative arts, and of the prominent role technology plays in society. Participants will discuss the specific pathways by which positive experiences buffer the negative influences of adverse experiences. We will analyze the unique role of parenting in general, and fatherhood specifically as a facilitator of support and positive connection.

We will examine and sample how the creative arts, and particularly Hip Hop culture, can promote positive and empowering experiences. We will view free technology-based health education and intervention strategies that integrate aspects of Hip Hop culture. Learn how to 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, amplification of their voices, and increased 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 that technology allows us to create – the illusion 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 B

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 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. You will discover sites that turn quotes into graphics, transform ordinary photos into works of art and create infographics for little or no cost.

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

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Facebook considers safety its most important responsibility. Attend this workshop to 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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Building an Online Community
Anna Gonzalez, Social Media Director, NASDAQ

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

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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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The Safe Shelter Collaborative (SSC) creates a responsive, community-based network of support that deploys existing shelter resources and unlocks new funding streams. Member agencies have access to tools and resources that streamline services, provide funding, and expand the capacity of participating agencies to serve survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence.

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

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4:15 pm - 4:45 pmBreak
4:45 pm - 5:30 pmPlenary | Music Panel

When Words Fail, Music Speaks
Patricia Vonne, Musician, Songwriter, Actress, Producer, and Animator
Haydn Vitera, Musician
Angel Cintron, Musician, Songwriter

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Come watch the debut of TCFV’s PSA, featuring several Texas artists!

We see music as a connector across many spectrums, it even defines different phases in our lives. Music conveys our anger, our heartbreak, our love and most importantly our hope. Learn how artists use music as a powerful tool for healing from our emotional and physical struggles.

PSA Artists:
Tiarra Girls • Haydn Vitera • The Mrs • SaulPaul • Angel Cintron • Alyssa Cantu

Special thanks to Evenbreak Productions
Vicki Holmes, Sponsor and Executive Producer
Esmeralda Flores, Art Director
Adam McInnis, Music and Video Director

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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 the voices of human rights defenders 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

Tech Abuse: Practical Considerations and Evidentiary Issues
Ian Harris, Technology Safety Legal Manager, National Network to End Domestic Violence

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Abusive parties misuse an array of technologies and online spaces in domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking cases. This interactive session will examine commonly misused technology, how to help increase survivor safety, and how to hold offenders accountable for tech misuse. Participants will learn how to screen for tech misuse and how to help survivors gather evidence that can be admitted into court.

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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 that exists to spark change in peer culture by addressing sexual and dating violence as early as middle and high school. SafeBAE's team of four 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 (they are 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 - 1:00 pmSpecial Session

Apps4Change 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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11:30 am - 2:15 pmSpecial Session

2nd Meeting of the BIPP Think Tank: Defining Success Workgroup

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How do we determine the success of Batterer Intervention and Prevention Programs? This session will examine different relevant definitions and sources of information, and offer a facilitated discussion of how varied definitions and perspectives about success could be assessed and implemented in Texas BIPPs for greater effectiveness.

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1:00 pm - 2:15 pmWorkshops C

Incorporating the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics in Clinical Practice
Miriam Jansky, Trauma Services Director, Center for Child Protection
Barbara Jefferson, Clinical Director, Center for Child Protection

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The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) is a developmentally sensitive, neurobiological approach to the clinical problem-solving process. The Center for Child Protection has integrated the NMT approach into the clinical assessment process with children and parents who have been impacted by trauma as a result of abuse, neglect, and domestic violence. Participants will have opportunity to develop a basic understanding of the NMT clinical practice approach and how this is applied in clinical practice with children and adults.

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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. #bossbabesATX is a wildly popular series of meets, events and festivals for self-identifying women in creative industry and the arts.

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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 digital devices to complete our daily activities. Unfortunately, offenders have increasingly misused technology to facilitate crimes against women, and as a means to assert power and control in intimate partner relationships. 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 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 & Domestic Violence 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, that provide trauma-informed clinician guidance within the electronic medical record, and that offer 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 Intimate Partner Violence service agencies and an Emergency Medical Services provider.

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2:15 pm - 2:30 pmRefreshment Break
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 price 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 tools to help with community outreach and fundraising.

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Ask the Experts: Understanding Human Trafficking through Data & Experience
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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Join panelists in an open discussion about the opportunities and challenges of serving trafficking survivors in a domestic violence setting. Discussion will center on new ways to look at internal data to improve services, innovative models when collaborating with partners, how technology is used to identify human trafficking survivors, and more.

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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 Trauma: A New Approach

Joshua Brown, LCSW, BCN, Neurofeedback Mentor/Trainer, Fort Bend Women's Center
Peggy Wright, LPC-S, BCN, Counseling Supervisor, Fort Bend Women's Center

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Recent research in the field of Intimate Partner Violence and neurology has demonstrated a link between abuse, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and physiological changes in the brain caused by trauma and sleep deprivation. These brain changes have led to multiple obstacles for victims seeking safety and stability.

Fort Bend Women's Center staff will educate the audience about the impact to the brain from TBIs, emotional trauma, and sleep deprivation and related consequences. This will be followed by a brief explanation of neurofeedback (including a live demonstration), relevant implications, and practical tips for IPV advocates. Finally, there will be a discussion of Fort Bend's program model, the evaluation process used, and 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

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Focusing on the impact of domestic violence on children can be synonymous with taking a “failure to protect” approach to mothers who are domestic violence survivors. This approach can come at the cost of alienating adult survivors and their children from support and services, increasing danger from the perpetrator and removing children unnecessarily. As strengths-based work with families becomes more prevalent, the research on protective capacities of domestic violence survivors as parents becomes more important to supporting a shift in policy and practice. How can we move from a “failure to protect” model to a “domestic violence informed” model? In this workshop, David Mandel will explore some of the research that demonstrates the protective capacities of adult survivors and the resulting implications for policy and practice.

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Mobile Advocacy: Enhancing Connections to Survivor Services
Glenaan O'Neil, Executive Director, Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project
Heather Bellino, Executive Director, Texas Advocacy Project
Cris Sullivan (moderator)

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In this session, moderator Dr. Cris Sullivan will offer a brief overview of what mobile advocacy is and highlight the relevant research that proves mobile advocacy is effective. Glenaan O’Neil and Heather Bellino, who have both employed different types of mobile advocacy within their respective agencies, will discuss what worked, what didn’t work and why they feel mobile advocacy is important in Texas. Glenaan and Heather will also share the lessons they have learned along the way so that you will not have to encounter the same ones during your mobile advocacy journey!

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Agency Use of Technology: Policies & Best Practices
Ian Harris, Technology Safety Legal Manager, National Network to End Domestic Violence

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How victim service programs use technology can profoundly impact survivors' safety and privacy: ethical standards, legal requirements, and client confidence can all be impacted. This session will explore essential considerations for programs, focusing on how to utilize technology that increases connectivity and efficiency, while also ensuring that client information remains safe, confidential, and secure. We will particularly focus on the shifting needs of interdisciplinary programs and how to design technology policies and practices that help reduce risks while ensuring survivor empowerment and self-determination.

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Video Vlogging: Telling Your Message Creatively
Anitra Edwards, Youth Organizer, Love Is Respect

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What is video vlogging and how can we use it to make our own fresh media? This session will include a hands-on approach -- learn how to craft your message your way.

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6:30 pm - 8:30 pmSpecial Event

Verizon Wireless Membership River Cruise
Boarding begins at 6:30 pm. Boat departs at 7:00 pm.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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TimeTopic | Speaker | Description
8:00 am - 8:45 amBreakfast
8:45 am - 11:45 amPrevention 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
Tonjie Reese, Youth Programs Coordinator, Break the Cycle

10:15 am - 11:45 pm | Program Evaluation + Telling Your Social Media Story
Tonjie Reese, Youth Programs Coordinator, Break the Cycle

Designed for Prevention Coaching Group members, prevention & outreach staff, social media staff

8:45 am - 11:45 amProtective Parenting

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Working with survivors of intimate partner violence with potential undiagnosed brain injuries can be a challenging task. Many times these survivors struggle to find the motivation to move down the path of self-sufficiency. This can lead to survivors feeling “stuck” and to advocates feeling frustrated and defeated. Join Fort Bend Women’s Center staff as we explore a few of the strategies and technologies we have employed in our quest to assist survivors in increasing their internal motivation.

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8:45 am - 9:45 am
David Mandel, Founder, Safe and Together

9:45 am - 10:45 am
Joshua Brown, Neurofeedback Mentor/Trainer, Fort Bend Women's Center
Peggy Wright, Counseling Supervisor, Fort Bend Women's Center

10:45 am - 11:45 am
Miriam Jansky, Trauma Services Director, Center for Child Protection
Barbara Jefferson, Clinical Director, Center for Child Protection

Designed for: CPS, DV advocates and other child welfare professionals

8:45 am - 11:45 amMobile Advocacy: Broadening the Connection to Survivor Services

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In this session, Dr. Cris Sullivan will first describe the nuts and bolts of mobile advocacy and facilitate a discussion of how it works across different contexts.

Then, TCFV staff will share tips about using technology in mobile advocacy.

The session will conclude with Dr. Sullivan sharing the evidence behind mobile advocacy and providing tips for how you can measure your success (with no additional funding!) in ways that will satisfy funders and provide you with useful information.

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8:45 am - 10:15 am | Mobile Advocacy: Employing the Approach in Your Community
Dr. Cris Sullivan, Director, MSU Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence

10:15 am - 10:30 am | Break

10:30 am - 11:00 am | Spotlight on Utilizing Technology in Mobile Advocacy
Molly Voyles, Public Policy Manager, Texas Council on Family Violence
Roy Rios, Family Violence Services Coordinator, Texas Council on Family Violence

11:00 am - 11:45 am | Efficacy of Mobile Advocacy and Measuring Your Success
Dr. Cris Sullivan, Director, MSU Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence

Designed for any profession that wishes to enhance their connection to survivors.

8:45 am - 11:45 amPredicting the Possible: Utilizing Analytics to Drive Community Response to Domestic Violence Offenders

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As communities define their response to domestic violence, data analytics play an important role in prioritizing needs and developing focused solutions. During this interactive session, participants will have an opportunity to learn from two communities that have utilized data analytics to implement effective community responses to domestic violence.

Scrupski and Sechrist will discuss how data analytics inform the High Point, NC response to domestic violence, highlight outcomes of a hack-a-thon examining specific data elements and share a short film created by Big Mountain Data about the community’s domestic violence response.

Parsons and Ferrel will discuss implementation of lethality assessment protocol in Bryan, TX. They will examine how data analysis informed the protocol implementation.

The session will conclude with a discussion facilitated by Susan Scrupski and Stacy Sechrist, providing participants an opportunity to discuss issues, challenges, and successes in their own communities. Let’s gain insight into how data analytics might be useful in moving our coordinated community response efforts forward into the future.

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8:45 am - 10:15 am | Using Data to Drive Community Response to Domestic Violence
Susan Scrupski, Founder, Big Mountain Data
Stacy Sechrist, PhD, University North Carolina Greensboro

10:15 am - 11:00 am | Implementing Lethality Assessment Protocol in Bryan, Texas
Jarvis Parsons, Brazos County District Attorney
Jessica Ferrel, Twin City Mission

11:00 am - 11:45 am | Participant Q&A
Susan Scrupski, Founder, Big Mountain Data
Stacy Sechrist, PhD, University North Carolina Greensboro

Designed for: BIPP providers, CCR/ATT members, DVHRT members, prosecutors, judges, law enforcement, and legal advocates

8:45 am - 11:45 amImmigration Tech Townhall

8:45 am - 9:45 am | Grounding in Current Law and Policy
Rocio Molina, Associate Director, National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project

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Understanding and navigating the current immigration landscape.

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9:45 am - 10:30 am | Connection and Coalition Building
Hannah Alexander, Attorney/Equal Justice Works Fellow, Equal Justice Center
Kalani Hawks, Staff Attorney, Equal Justice Center
Rosie Martinez, Victims Unit Director, Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney

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Understanding how coalition-building plays a role in connecting us and how the immigrant community and allies rely on coalitions and technology to respond to survivor needs.

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10:30 am - 11:45 am | Promoting Genuine Access
Glenaan O’Neil, Executive Director, Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project
Mona Kafeel, Chief Philanthropy & Operating Officer, Texas Muslim Women's Foundation

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How technology fuels access, plus innovative ways programs can use social media to promote knowledge sharing, collaboration, and provide access to under-served communities through technology.

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11:45 am - 12:15 pmBreak
12:15 pm - 12:45 pmLuncheon
12:45 pm - 1:45 pmPlenary

Can Tech Stop the Violence?
Byron Hurt, Documentary Filmmaker and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University

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Byron will discuss his journey from male athlete to filmmaker, how he uses his films and social media to engage diverse audiences in the intersections of violence, and how we all can do a better job of intervening in all forms of physical and sexual violence.

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1:45 pm - 2:00 pmClosing


Karuna Nain

Karuna Nain is the Global Safety Programs manager at Facebook, based in the Menlo Park, California office. Karuna 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 practice of shackling pregnant mothers behind bars in U.S.federal 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 Malika 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 O: The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Politico, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, CNN, National Public Radio and many more outliets. 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, a M.A. in education from Stanford University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.


Patricia Vonne

Patricia Vonne has proven herself an ascendant and transcendent musical artist. The San Antonio, Texas native singer, songwriter, bandleader and actress just released her sixth album, “Viva Bandolera,” which can be described as Texas border rock with Bandolera Records. Patricia continues her trailblazing ride along the borderline of styles. She combines Castilian and Mexican infusions of flamenco and fiery gypsy guitar with 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 in Austin Music  Awards 2014 and 2015 festivals.

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 video features her original illustrations for her song “El Marinero y La Sirena” which won the audience award at Cine Las Americas Film Fest 2015 and was featured at SXSW Film Fest 2015. Her song “Paris Trance” screened at the Paris Film Festival, Paris Short Film Festival, Cine Las Americas International Film Festival and Women’s Independent Film Fest 2016. Patricia’s latest homage to poet Federico Garcia Lorca, Huerta de San Vicente, will screen in May 2017 at Cine Las Americas Film Fest.


Haydn Vitera

Since launching his solo career in 2005, former Asleep At The Wheel fiddle player and Austin Latino rocker/electric violinist, Haydn Vitera has made his mark sharing the stage with headliners as diverse as Grammy winners Los Lonely Boys, Rock En Español pioneers Los Enanitos Verdes and 80’s rock legends Dokken. His music has been featured in various on-screen projects including Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.

Vitera has been featured on stage with the legendary George Strait and the iconic Stevie Wonder and most recently, has joined the Electrify Your Strings program as an artist mentor, traveling nationwide to empower and expand the horizons of middle school and high school orchestra students along with program creator Mark Wood, electric violin visionary and co-founding member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.


Angel Cintron

At eight years old, San Antonio native Angelina “Angel” Cintron began performing, singing, and songwriting. Today, at eighteen years old, Angel plays violin, ukulele, and piano. Over the years, her alternative pop/RnB style has generated a large social media presence and following. In October 2016, Angel released a three-song album titled “Arise.” The order of the tracks displays the path of how Angel found herself as a person and as an artist.


Beth Ziesenis

Although the only real trophy she ever won was for making perfect french fries at McDonald’s in high school, Beth Ziesenis 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 technology tools for business and personal use.


Scott Fried

Scott Fried is a professional speaker, health educator and author. He speaks about a variety of topics, including diversity, human rights, LGBTQ issues, sexual responsibility, abstinence, dating, transmission of HIV, alternative sexuality, suicide, alcohol and drug misuse. Each year, Scott leads a team of volunteers to Roatan, Honduras to do community work for indigent families, conduct HIV/AIDS educational workshops, feed prisoners and distribute free condoms.


Ian Harris

Ian Harris is the technology safety legal manager at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). Mr. Harris has over 10 years of direct litigation experience on behalf of survivors of intimate partner abuse in family, matrimonial, and immigration law matters. Prior to joining NNEDV, Ian served as the director of the Family Law/Domestic Violence Unit at Staten Island Legal Services in New York City. He was also a staff attorney with the New York Legal Assistance Group’s Matrimonial & Family Law Unit and at Day One, a NYC-based organization that focuses on young survivors of intimate partner abuse.

Ian teaches extensively on the intersection of technology and domestic violence, including on judicial ethics and technological evidence. He is an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law, a faculty member for the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence, an advisory committee member for the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody, and a consultant for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.


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. Byron 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.


Apps4Change Demo

RSVP for the free Apps4Change Demo!

View demos of technology apps designed for a positive social impact and enjoy free lunch sponsored by Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup. Each day we will demo different apps. You can attend both!

Open to all conference attendees, but only 40 spots are available each day, so RSVP right away!

  • Monday, August 28 at 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 29 at 11:30 am

Demo participants will include:

  • Ehco Inc,
  • AdvanceNet Labs
  • Survive 2 Thrive
  • Aunt Bertha
  • Decipher City
  • Allies Against Slavery

Social Media Contest

Sponsored by Verizon Wireless

Post on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #Tech2Empower and tag TCFV.

You could win one of these cool tech prizes!


  • TCFV Board members, staff members, and funders are ineligible.
  • Must be a conference attendee.
  • Must be present at drawing to receive the prize.
  • Maximum one entry per day each on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
    Submissions must be in by:
    • Monday before 4:00 pm
    • Tuesday before 8:30 pm
    • Wednesday before 12:00 pm

Bikin’ Betties Ride

The Betties are leading a beginner friendly social ride that begins at Fast Folks – Austin’s rad woman-owned bike shop and cafe – and ends at the Alamo Drafthouse before the screening of Ovarian Psycos.

Bikin’ Betties is a twice-monthly bike ride for female, female-identifying, and gender-nonconforming folks. It’s a great way to meet like-minded chicas, get a bit of a workout, learn convenient and safe bike routes around the city, and become more skilled and confident on your bike.

Sunday, August 27 before film Screening

  • Meet up at 4:30.
  • Wheels down at 5:00.
  • Arrive at Alamo at 5:45 for drinks and social time before the film!

Ovarian Psycos Film Screening

In partnership with Women’s Community Center of Central Texas: Alt Girl Cinema, TCFV presents a special screening of Ovarian Psycos at the Alamo Drafthouse. 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.

Sunday, August 27 at 7:00 PM | SOLD OUT

Music Panel

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

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

Verizon Wireless Membership River Cruise

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. Presented by Verizon Wireless.

Tuesday, August 29 at sunset | SOLD OUT

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


Vendor applications are now closed.

Tech Hub

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.

Digital Story Screenings
Amy Hill, Silence Speaks Director, StoryCenter
Monday, 8/28 • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • View screenings of a diverse range of digital stories related to violence. Amy will also answer questions about the digital storytelling methodology and the distribution of digital stories.

Assistive Technologies for Survivors
Olivia Rains, Assistive Technology and Marketing Specialist, Texas Technology Access Program
Monday, 8/28 • 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, 8/29 • 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

  • How can technology improve the accessibility of shelter life? The Texas Technology Access Program will demo devices that can assist with doors, lights, computer use, and more.
    See it all for yourself at the Tech Hub! Olivia Rains will be on hand to provide information on further assessment, costs and funding, and possible assistive technology vendors.

Osnium Enigmas Unveiled
Alexandra Cantrell, Policy Coordinator, Texas Council on Family Violence
Monday, 8/28 • 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Tuesday, 8/29 • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

  • Find all of the answers to your Osnium database questions!
    How to enter data, query particular information, effectively run reports, and many more tips Osnium tips to make the most of your Osnium database.

SafeNight App
Jennifer Morrison, Director, AdvanceNet Labs
Monday, 8/28 • all day (except 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm)

Catherine Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, Caravan Studios
Monday, 8/28 and Tuesday, 8/29 • all day (when not in session)

Exhibitors / Vendors



Texas Legal Services Center

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

TCFV Community Action Networks

Learn how you can participate in the work of the organization through involvement with TCFV’s Community Action Networks. Representatives from each CAN will be available throughout the conference.

African American Alliance

Allies for Children and Teens (ACT)

Allies to Survivors with Disabilities (ASD)

Legal Advocacy Network

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Stakeholder Group

Survivors’ Caucus

Voces Unidas


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

Room block with reduced rates has now closed.

  • You can contact the hotel directly to reserve your room.
  • If you need assistance with lodging, please contact our event planner, Anoush Crane, at acrane@anoushcrane.com.

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.


Full Conference

$270: TCFV Member

$320: Non-member

One Day Only

$165: TCFV Member or Non-Member

Lone Star River Cruise with Dinner

Available with any conference registration!

$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.

Full Conference rate grants admission to all general sessions and included meals on each day of August 28, 29, and 30.
One Day Only rate grants admission to all sessions and included meals on ONE day of either August 28, 29, or 30.
Early registration rates ended June 15, 2017 ($225: TCFV Member | $275: Non-member).