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The Way Forward: Emerging Strategies for Crime Victims of Color #2

Shaping the Future of Protective Structures

This virtual panel will highlight community models of change and provide information on the various ways aspiring allies and advocates can serve as proactive partners in the move to end Gender-Based Violence.



Purvi Shah

Purvi Shah is a writer and social justice advocate. While serving as the Executive Director of Sakhi for South Asian Women, she won the inaugural SONY South Asian Excellence Award for Social Service. In 2017, through a participatory change process, she authored a year-long study, Seeding Generations, which spurred New York City community-based interventions for people who cause harm and abuse. She is also the author of two books of poetry, Terrain Tracks (New Rivers Press, 2006), and Miracle Marks (Northwestern University Press, 2019). During the 10th anniversary of 9/11, she directed Together We Are New York, a community-based poetry project to highlight Asian American voices. Her favorite art practices are her sparkly eyeshadow, raucous laughter, and seeking justice. Discover more @PurviPoets.

Maria del Rosario Franco Rahman

Maria del Rosario Franco-Rahman, RYT 200, is sustained by visions of a loving, harmonious world where healing and liberation resound and we all thrive. She is the founder and CEO of Con Todo Corazon where she works locally and nationally offering heart-centered holistic healing services designed to support personal and social transformation. Her work centers the healing and liberation of women of color survivors, advocates, activists and service providers and our fellow communities on the margins. Maria's healing work includes yoga and Dance from the Heart, an intuitive form of healing body movement. She is a student of cross-cultural healing methods including shamanic apprenticeship. Her fifteen years of service to survivors of gender based violence includes direct service to undocumented domestic violence survivors in her role as the Residential Program Manager at a Latinx culturally-specific transitional shelter, offering holistic healing retreats to survivors and service providers as well as co-authoring “A Holistic Healing Model for Counselors, Advocates and Lawyers Serving Trauma Survivors: Joyful Heart Foundation Retreat” published in Traumatology, 2017 and currently serves as a consultant for Women of Color Network and Women Empiwerment Teaching Artist with Critical Mass Dance Company.  Maria is a Xicana moving through this world honoring her ancestors and the coming generations con todo corazon. 


Annika Leonard

Wherever she goes Annika Leonard feels called to create spaces where deep healing can occur, particularly in the lives of Black women, femmes, girls & youth. On a national level, Annika has participated in the ACE-DV Leadership Forum of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and has been consulted with the National Resource Center on Sexual Violence under several projects including the 2018SART protocol and the Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative project. Annika has served as the Chair of the Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault where her organization, Priceless Incite LLC., operates as a sexual assault service provider in the city of Milwaukee. Annika has a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and a Master of Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University. Her continued studies and 15+ years of experience honoring and holding space for people most impacted by violence allow her to present offerings in the form of workshops, keynotes, and guiding us to be in alignment with our truth through her organization Priceless Incite. Annika has developed a unique culturally specific curriculum for Blackyouth that cultivate their self-awareness, leadership,and wellness to bring about deep, radical, and cultural solutions to ending violence.


Lórien Castelle

Lórien Castellehas been an advocate and activist working to address gender based violence for over two decades. She joined the team at the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) in 1998 and split her time between NYSCADV and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence from 2011 through 2013 in order to launch a statewide prevention initiative in Pennsylvania. Ms. Castelle has the honor of working with several national organizations across the United States including, as a trainer consultantfor the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, a trainer and consultant to Major League Baseball (MLB) teams, a consultant to the Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Council convened by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and worked to create an online resource PreventIPV: Tools for Social Change(preventipv.org.)Most recently became faculty for the Safe and Together Institute promoting a domestic violence informed child welfare model internationally.As Director of Prevention for NYSCADV and former Principle Investigator for a statewide prevention project with the Centers for Disease Control for over a decade, she is responsible for promoting best practices for preventing and responding to domestic violence and coordinating diverse stakeholders to design and implement regional and state level initiatives. Ms. Castelle provides a wide range of coaching, support and training to domestic violence programs and allies throughout New York State and to coalitions, organizations and communities throughout the United States.



Zoë Flowers

Zoë Flowers is author, content creator and writer with the Huffington Post. Her poetry and essays can be found in Stand Our Ground; Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander, Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Assault and the new anthology, Love WITH Accountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse. Her articles and interviews can be found on The Grio, Bloom Magazine, and several online journals.

In 2004, Zoë interviewed women about their experiences with domestic and sexual violence. From Ashes to Angel's Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood is the book that emerged. ASHES – is a play that breathes life into the original stories chronicled in Zoë’s book and includes new stories about the media, campus sexual assault, body image, and the journey to self-love. ASHES has had many successful performances including; Yale University’s Fearless Conference, The White House’s United State of Women Summit in
2016, National Coalition against Domestic Violence’s National Conference, Smith College and Brown University in 2018.

For the past twenty years, Zoë’s worked at several state domestic violence coalitions and spent the last 8 years at the Women of Color Network where she started as a consultant and transitioned to the Director of Survivor Programs. Zoë also served as a holistic healer at the Joyful Heart Foundation (JHF) which was founded in 2004 by Mariska Hargitay (aka Det. Olivia Benson on Law and Order SVU).

In 2012, Zoë left JHF to launch Soul Requirements, Inc. a healing centered consulting company that combines her artistic endeavors, domestic violence expertise and holistic healing practices. Since then, she’s facilitated individual and group healing sessions, retreats, and workshops from New York to Ecuador. She returned to JHF as a consultant to run the trauma center the organization shepherded after the Newtown school shootings. Months later she joined the organization’s retreat team. The organization’s retreat model and healing techniques conducted by Zoë and hercolleagues were evaluated by Georgetown University and can be found in Traumatology, 23(2), 143–152.

Zoë has appeared on National Public Radio, was the keynote speaker for The Florida Coalition Against Sexual Violence statewide conference, The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and The Maryland Women of Color Network’s Conference.

In 2019, she presented a workshop entitled, “Utilizing Performance as an Intersectional Response to Violence Against Women in Fez, Morocco and conducted listening sessions in London, UK and Edmonton, CA. She was also the keynote speaker at SUNY Adirondack’s We. Say. No Conference, Delaware’s Victim Service Conference, and returned as keynote for The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Prevention Summit.

In 2020, she’ll be speaking in front of 4 classes at the University of Florida and will speak and teach 1 class at Skidmore College. This fall, she will be keynote speaker at the National Latin@ Institute in New Orleans, LA, the Victim Justice Symposium on October 5, 2020 in Des Moines Iowa, and for the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic Violence on October 7, 2020.


Registration is closed.

Please check the The Way Forward: Emerging Strategies for Crime Victims of Color resource page for the recording.

Jan 01
From: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Zoom: Online Meeting

Communities of Focus:
Other, Trauma
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