Child Abuse Prevention Month Speaker Series

This year's theme is RESILIENCY


Morning 1—April 22, 2022 » 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

John Woodrow Cox, Washington Post reporter and author of the award-winning Children Under Fire, An American Crisis, will speak about the effects of gun violence on children, and how communities can work to strengthen their resiliency.  Mr. Cox is also writing a series of forthcoming articles for the Washington Post on children who have lost a parent to gun violence.

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Video of Day 1, Part 1

A Conversation With Mary Ritter - a life in the service of children.  Mary who has been conducting sexual assault forensic examinations on children for decades will reflect on her life’s work, and how to sustain a career in the service of abused children.  Mary will provide her insights on how she built her own resiliency, and finds meaning in her work.

Video of Day 1, Part 2

Morning 2—April 29, 2022 » 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

New Director of the New State Office of Youth and Community Restoration, Katherine Lucero, will speak about the new agency she is leading, the work to help justice involved youth, so many of whom are themselves survivors of abuse and neglect, and the resiliency they have and need.

Video of Day 2, Part 1

Panel Discussion On the Challenges Schools and Children in School Face During this Ongoing Pandemic

Video of Day 2, Part 2


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