Public Forum – May 27, 2011
3:00 – 4:30 PM CDT
Austin Hilton, Governor’s Ballroom, Fourth Floor
500 East 4th Street
Austin, Texas  78701

Public and Private Partnerships:
Building on Success to Reshape the Future

Open to the Media

Following the Sixth National Sexual Assault Response Team Training Conference, panelists representing federal, state, and local government and leaders of victim-related organizations will participate in a public forum to discuss the progress made in addressing sexual assault in Texas and the Nation.

Agenda

3:00 – 3:05 PM Opening Remarks and Speaker Introductions – Joye E. Frost, Acting Director, Office for Victims of Crime (Moderator)
3:05 – 3:20 PM Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women
3:20 – 3:30 PM Susan B. Carbon, Director, Office on Violence Against Women
3:30 – 3:40 PM Annette Burrhus-Clay, Executive Director, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
3:40 – 3:50 PM Chief Jim Sylvester, Deputy Chief, Travis County Sheriff’s Office
3:50 – 4:00 PM Laura E. Zárate, Founding Executive, Arte Sana
4:00 – 4:30 PM Question and Answer Session – Audience participation

Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women – An overview of sexual violence in the United States and the Administration’s efforts to address sexual victimization.

Susan B. Carbon, Director, Office on Violence Against Women – National initiatives and programming funded and sponsored by the Office on Violence Against Women to prevent sexual violence and support victims.

Joye E. Frost, Acting Director, Office for Victims of Crime – Welcome remarks, introduction of panelists, and moderation of public forum.

Annette Burrhus-Clay, Executive Director, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault – Texas Association Against Sexual Assault’s statewide cultural competence certification, and recent innovative Texas legislation to address sexual assault victims’ needs.

Chief Jim Sylvester, Deputy Chief, Travis County Sheriff’s Office – The coordinated multidisciplinary response to sexual assault victims in Travis County, and why  public awareness of victims’ rights and laws matters.

Laura E. Zárate, Founding Executive, Arte Sana – Needs of Latina sexual assault victims and the advocates who support them. Introduction of the Existe Ayuda (Help Exists) Toolkit, a resource to improve cultural competence and accessibility for Spanish-speaking victims of sexual assault.

Panelists’ Biographies

Lynn Rosenthal
On June 26, 2009, Vice President Biden announced the appointment of Lynn Rosenthal as the new White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. From 2000−2006, Ms. Rosenthal served as the Executive Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, where she represented 54 state and territorial coalitions whose collective membership included more than 2,000 local domestic violence programs. Ms. Rosenthal played a major advocacy role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2000 and 2005 and has assisted states and local communities with implementation of this groundbreaking federal legislation.

Susan B. Carbon
Susan B. Carbon is the Director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. Ms. Carbon was nominated to this position by President Obama on October 1, 2009, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 11, 2010. As Director, she serves as the liaison between the Department of Justice and federal, state, tribal, and international governments on crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. In this role, she is responsible for developing the Department’s legal and policy positions regarding the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act.

Joye E. Frost
Joye E. Frost was designated Acting Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) by President Obama on January 20, 2009. She previously guided OVC’s work in developing national scope training, technical assistance, and other resources to address ongoing and emerging issues in the crime victims’ field. She was instrumental in the development of OVC’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Training and Technical Assistance Project.

Annette Burrhus-Clay
Annette Burrhus-Clay is the Executive Director for the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault in Austin. She has 31 years of experience working with sexual and domestic violence in Texas and California. Ms. Burrhus-Clay serves on numerous statewide and national boards including the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence. Her areas of expertise and interest include working with older, teen, and male sexual assault victims as well as collaboration and outreach to the military, universities, churches, and other traditionally self-contained institutions.

Chief Deputy Jim Sylvester
Jim Sylvester joined the Travis County Sheriff’s Office in 1986 and has held the rank of Chief Deputy since 2006. Chief Sylvester is a current board member of Texas Advocacy Project and a member of the Capitol Area Law Enforcement Executive Association and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. He wrote House Bill 2391, signed into law by Texas Governor Perry, extending the authority of peace officers to issue field release citations for certain non-violent crimes.

Laura Zárate
Laura Zárate is Founding Executive Director of Arte Sana (Art Heals), a national Latina victim advocacy agency. For over a decade she has led Arte Sana’s bilingual training and other development projects including the OVC-supported Existe Ayuda (Help Exists) Toolkit. Under her leadership, Arte Sana proactively promoted the link between art and healing while focusing on predominately underserved populations. She is also co-founder of ALAS, the National Latina Alliance Against Sexual Violence.