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Live, Learn, Overcome
May/June, 2017 Issue No.19

Well, hello!

It is so refreshing to be back again with news and happenings around us. We sincerely apologize for the long silence! There was a slight delay in receiving the videos and pictures from our April 2017 conference and we wanted more than anything else, to report this event, especially to our avid readers and supporters.

Thank you to all the Sponsors, Speakers and Presenters at our First Annual Sustainable Restoration Conference. It was very educative and fun-filled. Our Key Speaker lightened the day with humor; and other Speakers and Presenters followed suit with interesting and captivating presentations. There was no dull moment during presentations. In fact some attendees didn't want the day to end. 

In our July/August 2017 edition, we shall share some educative information received during our Sustainable Restoration Conference. Insights from Human Smuggling & Trafficking Center of the Homeland Security in Washington DC, the Innocence Task Force here in Colorado, FBI (Advocacy), Adam's County District Attorney's office, Medical Professional, Mental Health Provider, Transitional Housing Program, Faith-based Community, and other experts in the human trafficking field.  All these frontliners, who mostly make first contacts with survivors, shared their experiences on the field, including challenges they face, and how we as a community can get involved in the movement. The next Newsletter will also be dedicated to our sponsors and all of those who help make the conference a success.
 
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RPI BOARD STRATEGIC PLANNING RETREAT
Prior to our conference, on April 22nd, 2017, we had our Board Strategic Planning Retreat. This retreat was meant to prepare and engage board members in the work of RPI.  It was a good time for stock-taking, and re-evaluation of our mission/vision and programs. Among other decisions, RPI board made changes our mission to reflect the entire HUMAN TRAFFICKING, at the intersection of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.  RPI will also be working with female victims of all ages. Our new website, which would be launched shortly, will reflect these changes.  Also, RPI shall be soon be announcing two new additions to her board membership. See more retreat pictures below...
SOME PHOTOS FROM OUR SUSTAINABLE RESTORATION CONFERENCE!
This conference was absolutely informative and educative. According to feedback received from attendees, 90% said they were glad they attended. Some said during the conference, they received skills on how to better handle the challenges often faced in helping survivors. A few others wanted to know when is the next conference!
One of the goals of the conference was to create a platform for partnerships and collaborations.  We saw a lot of networking with emerging new partnerships and re-connection with old colleagues. Suffice to say that the conference achieved it's goal - provide stakeholders a forum and platform for discussion, and plan of action on how to prevent trafficking, protect vulnerable girls, and where to find resources/tools to assist survivors.
More on the Sustainable Restoration Conference in our next Newsletter...
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