The Way Forward: Emerging Strategies for Crime Victims of Color Virtual Roundtable Series

The Way Forward: Emerging Strategies for Crime Victims of Color Virtual Roundtable Series

The current public health crisis has shed a light on what victims of crime from communities of color have been saying for decades: institutional and systemic barriers and racial disparities, combined with gaps in victim services, have made pathways to healing and justice out of reach for many victims of crime, particularly for victims of crime from communities of color.

This four-part virtual series, led by Zoe Flowers from Women of Color Network, will explore the way forward as victim service providers continue to pivot and adapt as a result of the current health crisis and also leverage this moment of change to better support crime victims from communities of color.


The Way Forward: Shaping the Future with Culturally Specific Innovations (Part One)

June 23, 2020

This dynamic virtual roundtable will highlight the need to lift up the pre-pandemic innovations being made by culturally specific organizations in reaching and supporting survivors from communities of color. This session will explore what survivors and advocates of color are seeing, hearing and feeling. Join us for this virtual roundtable to share what is happening in your community as we envision the way forward for victims of crime from communities of color. Moderated by Zoe Flowers, featuring panelists Purvi Shah and Maria del Rosario Franco-Rahman.


The Way Forward: Shaping the Future of Protective Structures (Part Two)

July 7, 2020


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. Join us for this virtual roundtable as we envision the way forward for victims of crime from communities of color. Moderated by Zoe Flowers, featuring panelists Purvi Shah, Maria del Rosario Franco-Rahman, Annika Leonard, and Lórien Castelle.


The Way Forward: Shaping the Future of Organizing (Part Three)

Tuesday, July 21, 2020


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This virtual panel will explore the successes, challenges and lessons learned from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Movement in Canada as a potential framework for addressing violence against women of color in the United States.

Join us for this virtual roundtable as we envision the way forward for victims of crime from communities of color. Moderated by Zoe Flowers, featuring panelists Junetta Jamerson and Annika Leonard.


The Way Forward: Shaping the Future of Healing Justice (Part Four)

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Recording Coming Soon

Communities of color and aspiring allies need time to breathe, relax, re-orient themselves with their authentic self, tend to legacies of harm and untreated trauma as well as connect to lineages of resilience. This interactive virtual workshop is designed to provide a community of support where participants may practice techniques to slow down and reconnect to their strength, creativity, and spirit. Join Zoe Flowers and Maria del Rosario Franco-Rahman to learn more about the natural responses to and effects of stress, vicarious trauma, and the various healing modalities for sustaining your wellbeing and those that you serve.



About the Panelist:

Zoë Flowers

Zoë Flowers leads the National Resource Centers Work to promote healing services for survivors from historically marginalized communities. She is a seasoned domestic violence advocate, author and filmmaker. 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 upcoming 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.

Zoë began her career in the Domestic Violence Movement as an Office Manager with the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV). After six short months, she was promoted to Public Awareness, Membership and Training Coordinator. She was then asked to join the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV). While at CPEDV, she successfully ran the Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention’s DELTA Program (A CDC teen dating violence prevention initiative). In this role, she supervised six sub-grantee programs across the state and assisted them with achieving their deliverables. She also developed and coordinate our Statewide Primary Prevention Consortium. She was then sought out by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV), for the Director of Training and Technical Assistance position. It was at this time that she was appointed to the Child Death Review Committee by the Florida Surgeon General and conducted onsite shelter audits to ensure compliance with FCADV regulations regarding best practices for serving survivors. In her current role as the Director of Survivor Programs at WOCN, Inc. where she leads several projects across the country focused on ensuring the safety and security of marginalized survivors and their families.


Purvi Shah

Purvi Shah is a writer and social justice activist known for her work to enable language access and advocacy for immigrant survivors of violence. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Terrain Tracks (New Rivers Press, 2006), Dark Lip of the Beloved – Sound Your Fiery God-Praise(belladonna*, 2015), and Miracle Marks (Northwestern University Press, 2019).[4][5][6] Her debut collection, Terrain Tracks, won the Many Voices Project prize and was nominated for the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Members’ Choice Award in 2007. She is the author of the 2017 report, Seeding Generations: New Strategies Towards Services for People who Abuse. During the 10th anniversary of 9/11, she directed Together We Are New York, a community-based poetry project to highlight Asian American voices. In addition to journals and anthologies, her work is part of public art in Iowa libraries including at Grinnell College.


Maria del Rosario Franco-Rahman

Maria del Rosario Franco-Rahman is guided by the belief that we all inherently possess the wisdom to heal our communities and ourselves. Her life’s work is sustained by dreams of a loving, violent-free world where healing and liberation resound. Her work in the anti-violence against women movement for nearly a decade has included direct service to undocumented domestic violence survivors in her role as the Residential Program Manager at a culturally-specific transitional shelter, organizing with the Los Angeles Chapter of INCITE!, 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” set for publication in Traumatology, 2017 and currently serves as Project Coordinator at the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence. Maria studied at Loyola Marymount University where she earned a B.A in Urban Studies and Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and received her Yoga Teacher Certification from Cloud Nine Yoga. She is a Los Angeles native and Chicana moving through this world honoring her ancestors 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 2018 SART 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 Black youth that cultivate their self-awareness, leadership, and wellness to bring about deep, radical, and cultural solutions to ending violence.


Lórien Castelle

Lórien Castelle has 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 consultant for 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 ( 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.


Junetta Jamerson

Junetta Jamerson is an emancipationist, anti-racism expert, community builder, and award-winning Black Youth educator in Edmonton, Alberta. She has worked extensively on issues ranging from discrimination and inequity to women’s uplift and empowerment.

She is one of the founding members of Black Women United YEG, an advocacy collective committed to the advancement and protection of Black Women and Girls.

While her projects have taken her to numerous international countries, it is her work with women and youth in Edmonton’s African-Canadian community of which she is most proud.


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Published on:
June 5, 2020
Resource Type:
Video, Webinar
Communities of Focus:
Girls and Women of Color, Intersectional, Other, Trauma, Tribal
Intended Audience:
Advocates, Other