Intimate Partner Violence Panel
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About the Event
Calling all religious/spiritual leaders! Deacons, Aunties, chaplains, members of a Stephen ministry, healers, seminarians, caregivers, ministers, etc. are invited to join The Faith Space, Racial Disruptors, and Platform 4 Women in supporting survivors of intimate partner violence. Education leads to prevention long-term, so we pray this panel of IPV experts will illuminate the questions, struggles, and tangible ways to create change and save lives.
Join us and learn answers to the following questions:
- How does one recognize signs of family abuse in non-white communities?
- What are the main reasons why most abused people do not seek help from DV organizations, police, and/or religious/spiritual leaders in the community?
- What resources can address the concerns of a family member who is being abused?
Who are our amazing women panelists?
Rev. Keisha Kogan is an Interfaith/Interspiritual minister who claims Judaism as her spiritual home. Rev. Kogan holds a Masters of Divinity in Psychology, Religion and Pastoral Care from Union Theological Seminary. At Union, Rev. Kogan began working at CONNECT Faith, an organization dedicated to providing education, training, and curriculum creation for communities, around NYC, about Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence. Rev. Kogan worked at CONNECT Faith for six years before leaving and creating Waters of Oshun, whose mission is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual healing to female and female-identified people of color. Presently, Rev. Kogan offers one to one Spiritual Counseling and Spiritual Care Circles for Survivors of DV/IPV. Rev. Kogan works through a trauma-informed, survivor-centered, and culturally-competent lens, and has worked as a chaplain for survivors of DP/IPV at the Manhattan Family Justice Center as well as a Restorative/Transformative Justice Circle Keeper for churches and the Restorative Justice Alliance.
Mariam Rauf is a New York based advocate and educator on gender violence (GV) and systems of oppression, who has devoted the past decade to addressing issues that affect immigrant communities. Before becoming a consultant, she held leadership roles at the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project in Washington, DC, and Sakhi for South Asian Women in New York City. Her goal is to grow a movement against GV while supporting survivors, highlighting the need for intersectionality in social justice spaces, and stressing cultural humility and competency. Mariam is a proud Baloch and intersectional feminist who spends her free time as a street and travel photographer.
Jessica Menjivar works as a Bilingual Human Trafficking Victim Advocate with Asian Pacific Development Center serving primarily immigrant and asylee survivors of crime in one of the most diverse cities in the United States, Aurora, Colorado. As an advocate, her work consists of case management, resource coordination, outreach, and partnerships. She collaborates with law enforcement, attorneys, therapists, consulates, and other immigrant-serving organizations to advocate for, connect, and empower clients and community members. Her victim-centered, trauma-informed, and multidisciplinary approach has supported many survivors and families who are marginalized, underserved, and face inequities. She works with survivors through a holistic lens to not only support them with the needs they initially identify, but simultaneously empower them so that they can thrive. Her forward-thinking advocacy also enriches state-wide efforts and legislation by being a member of the Denver Anti-Trafficking Alliance, Front Range Anti-Trafficking Coalition, Sexual Assault Interagency Council, Denver District Attorney’s Advisory Council on Immigration, and Enhanced Collaborative Model with the Denver District Attorney’s Office.
Beverly N. Vercher is a 5 times published author, motivational speaker, the owner of Clash Beauty Brand and Your City Magazine and the founder of the No More Silence Domestic Violence Awareness Organization. As a survivor and advocate of domestic violence, she partners with her local police department, the local news station, and other organizations to bring awareness to the growing epidemic. Her work as an advocate is so well known that people from all across the nation have contacted her to partner. As a motivational speaker, Beverly’s goal is to inspire others by sharing her testimony of “Tragedy to Triumph.” She wants everyone to know that they can make it through anything. All you have to do is Dream Big, Trust God, & PUSH (pray until something happens; and she is proof of that).