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Downtown Detroit Courtyard Marriott

333 East Jefferson Avenue

Detroit, MI 48226

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You are invited to the 1st Economic Justice Summit in Detroit, Michigan held by the National Network to End Domestic Violence on March 7-9th!

The Economic Justice Summit is geared toward advocates, coalitions, activists, and legal professionals. Attendees will have access to expert training on domestic violence and financial empowerment – see agenda highlights below. Hosted by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), the Economic Justice Summit will have three tracks: Policy, Practice, and Partnerships:

The Practice Track will provide practical examples and highlight promising programs 'doing the work'. Topics will include Coerced Debt, Survivor Emergency and Resilience Funds, Victim-Defined Advocacy and an Overview of the Moving Ahead Through Financial Literacy curriculum.

The Policy Track will focus on legal and regulatory strategies to create change and improve services to all survivors. Topics will include Litigation, Reparations & Entrepreneurship, Financial Abuse & Taxes, EITC/VITA and Immigrant Access.

The Partnerships Track will feature programs built with local community collaborations, including Community Colleges, Recovery Loan Programs, Community Services and Criminal Justice.

$50 Registration includes:

  • Entrance to the Welcome Reception (which features light hors d’oeuvres and a spoken word performance by Kalimah Johnson) on Tuesday, March 7th.

  • Two full days of expert-level training, including informational materials and resources from presenters

  • Lunch provided on Thursday, March 9th

  • All of this information and more included in the conference event mobile app

Registration Scholarships

If you are interested in attending the Economic Justice Summit, but are unable to attend due to financial hardship, please reach out to your state domestic violence coalition for possible resource sharing and potential partnerships, or email us at


Lodging is not included in the registration fee. NNEDV has secured a conference hotel rate is $125/night (up to 4 people per room) at the Downtown Detroit Courtyard Marriott. Upon registration, you will receive details on making a reservation.

*Please note this rate is only available for reservations made by February 20, 2017.

View the full Economic Justice Summit Agenda below.

Tuesday, March 7th

5:00pm Early Registration & Welcome Reception

5:45pm Kalimah Johnson, MSW, SASHA Center Spoken Word Poet

6:30pm Housekeeping & Closing

Wednesday, March 8th

8:30am Registration

9:00am Welcome & Speaker Introduction

9:30am Opening Keynote

Economic Justice and Civil Litigation Ashley Lowe & Sarah Prout Rennie, MCEDSV

10:45am Breakouts

Identifying and Addressing Coerced Debt Adrienne Adams, Michigan State

EJ & DV Litigation: Making it Work Ashley Lowe & Sarah Prout Rennie, MCEDSV

Your Money, Your Future: Conducting and Evaluating a Financial Education Program For Survivors Receiving TANF Alyssa Tremblay, Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Andrea Miller, KCADV

12:00pm Lunch – On Your Own

1:30pm Breakouts

DASH's Survivor Resilience Fund: using flexible funds to help survivors avoid homelessness Peg Hacskaylo, DASH, Heather Bomsta, Michigan State

Missing Link: Compensation, Reparations and Entrepreneurship: New Approaches to Economic Justice and Stability Sonya Passi, FreeFrom, Amira Samuel, FreeFrom

Building Bridges with Businesses: Crafting Workplace Responses for Survivors Krista Del Gallo, TCFV, Mona Muro, TCFV

2:45pm Break

3:00pm Breakouts

When Good Budgeting Isn’t Enough: Building Economic Security through Career Empowerment Sarah Gonzalez Bocinski & Alona Del Rosario, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

IRS Tax Advocacy: Protections, Tips and Debt Relief for Domestic Violence Survivors Renato Izquieta, Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Adam Dodge, Laura’s House

Partnering for Economic Justice: The Domestic Violence Recovery Loan ProgramAdrienne Adams, Michigan State, Alyssa Bauman, MSU Safe Place

4:15pm Break

4:30pm Plenary Panel

Empowering Survivors through Entrepreneurship Carlotta Walcott, US Virgin Islands, Joyce Kyles, Walking Into a New Life, Roseanne Olszewski, Project Phoenix, Eileen Collins, Project Pheonix Graduate, Jodine Basterash, Survivor

5:30pm Closing & Housekeeping

Thursday, March 9th

9:00am Plenary Panel

Innovative Housing Policy and Practice Monica McLaughlin, NNEDV, Suzanne Marcus, DASH, Peg Hacskaylo, DASH, Zebulon Beilke-McCallum, ICADV, and Ann Menard, NRCDV

10:30am Breakouts

What Do You Need To Do Effective Economic Advocacy? Jacquelyn Boggess, CFFPP, Anne Menard, NRCDV, Shaina Goodman, NRCDV


Roxy Caines, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

EJ Advocacy: Lessons from the Field Sarah Gonzalez Bocinski, Women’s Policy Research, Theresa DuBois, Family Rescue, Inc., Yolanda Caudle, Rosenthal Family Lodge, Ashley James, Career Coach

11:45am Working Lunch - Sponsored by Allstate Foundation Purple Purple Purse, Qadira Harris

Building a Community Safety Net Jesse Urban, La Vida, Layla Elabed, ACCESS, Kalimah Johnson, SASHA Center

1:15pm Breakouts

What’s New: Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Moving Ahead Redesign and the Independence Project Credit-Building Program Kim Pentico, NNEDV, Kara Rhodebeck, NNEDV

Immigrant Survivors Access to Economic Options Krista Del Gallo, TCFV, Mona Muro, TCFV

Unexpected Collaborators: Linking Law & Advocacy for Economic Justice Kulsum Ameji, LAF, Theresa DuBois, Family Rescue Inc., Shquestra Sitawi, YWCA, Rachel Zemke, Consumer Law and Domestic Violence

2:30pm Closing Plenary

Gail Perry-Mason, Writer/Financial Coach/Speaker

3:15pm Closing Remarks

3:30pm Adjournment

Conference held with the support of the Verizon Foundation, Major League Baseball, The Allstate Foundation.

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333 East Jefferson Avenue

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