Not On My Watch Movement: Building Effective Coalitions

Rev. Que English & Tenisha Singleton | September 11 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM | Room 2591

Coalitions are easy to initiate but sometimes have great difficulty becoming effective because they do not have the capacity (knowledge, skills, or resources) to attain their goals. Along with creating effective organizational structures, the organization's capacity to plan, manage, implement prevention programs and policies is essential. We will discuss the model set up by the NYC Faith-Based Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence which launched the Not On My Watch! Movement which focuses on bringing awareness and advocacy through training and education; learn how to build-bridges between houses of worship and community-based organizations, elected officials, federal reps, city agencies, service providers, and grassroots organizations; we will discuss the successes and shortcomings. It is important that coalitions are "action" oriented and not just monthly meeting gatherings. Coalitions want to be recognized in the community/city as having a voice that will be heard by the powers that have the capacity to change policy as well as media. Significant impact should be realized through coalition efforts. In this session participants will learn how to build, launch and sustain a coalition with impact in combatting human trafficking. Faith leaders are highly encouraged to attend.

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