The sponsors are the Jewish Women International here http://www.jwi.org/site/c.okLWJ3MPKtH/b.5207705/k.B67B/June_18_2009_Men8217s_Rights_Groups8217_Lawsuits_Against_Battered_Women8217s_Shelters.htm
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
The teleconference is being hosted by Jewish Women International and the link is here
No charge for members, $25 for non-members
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Each participant is required to pre-register.
You may not be aware that there have been multiple lawsuits brought by anti-feminist "men's rights" groups against battered women's shelters and the state agencies that fund them in the United States. Each of these lawsuits essentially claims "reverse discrimination" in services tailored to battered women, alongside the often-repeated assertion that women are as violent as men.
Although most of these cases have failed completely, one recent case in California was partly successful. Whether successful or not, these lawsuits drain time and money from service providers and states.
This teleconference will explain the history and nature of the lawsuits and the legal concept of Equal Protection at their core. You will learn how to protect yourself against such lawsuits without compromising the quality and integrity of services you already provide, and which resources you can draw upon in the event of a lawsuit in your state.
Overview of the problem
Understanding the Equal Protection Clause
American Law Suits brought by Men's Rights Groups
West Virginia (in process)
Implications, how to protect yourselves, resources
Leading the discussion:
Dr. Molly Dragiewicz is Assistant Professor of Criminology, Justice & Policy Studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Canada. She has published articles about the anti-feminist fathers' rights movement and the California equal protection lawsuit. Dr. Dragiewicz is currently writing a book about the first equal protection lawsuit against battered women's shelters in Minnesota.
Here's some background on this Victim Feminist Advocate who is a self-proclaimed watchdog on Fathers Rights Groups and she has her own website also linked below:
Dr. Molly Dragiewicz
Title: Assistant Professor
Research interests: Violence and gender, anti-feminist fathers' rights groups, battering and child custody, and human trafficking
Dr. Molly Dragiewicz received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from George Mason University. She joined the faculty of Criminology, Justice and Policy Studies in 2006. She teaches qualitative methods courses, Domestic Violence, an Advanced Justice Studies course on human trafficking, and Policy Analysis in Justice Studies.
In addition, Dr. Dragiewicz supervises students with an interest in violence and gender for honours, independent study, and practicum placement.
Nancy Lemon, J.D., is a UC Berkeley Law lecturer, and leading authority on domestic violence for more than 20 years. She is an advocate and practicing attorney working with victims, police, public agencies and community organizations. She has drafted legislation for victims of domestic violence their children and immigrant women. Ms Lemon wrote the first textbook on Domestic Violence and the Law. She was recently selected to receive an Outstanding Women of Berkeley Award.
Who should attend?
This comprehensive and innovative learning experience is for attorneys • social workers • therapists • DV service providers and advocates • children's advocates • child protection workers • child abuse service providers • professional and scholars who work on intimate partner violence, child abuse, child custody, or family law policy • physicians • nurses • physician assistants • nursing and medical students • practicing healthcare providers • school personnel • family court evaluators.
Co-sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world with 152,000 members and 56 chapters in the United States and abroad. One CE contact hour is available for social workers for $10; instructions will be given on the call.