40 Years Forward, a conference for advocates, community members, & professionals to create safer futures for victim-survivors. 40 Years Forward will focus on looking at the future of community engagement and education on the subjects of intimate partner violence and human trafficking.
Human trafficking, the main topic of our first conference day, is a serious problem in Iowa. In 2016, the Polaris Project, a nonprofit that runs the National Human Trafficking Hotline, named Des Moines one of the top 100 human trafficking sites in the US. At any given time, the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) emergency shelter is occupied by a victim of human trafficking. During 40 Years Forward DVIP aims to create a space where community members, advocates, and individuals within the legal system can have conversations and training tailored to their specific backgrounds and needs concerning human trafficking within their own communities.
Day two of the conference will focus on intimate partner violence and the way that it intersects with law/criminal systems, human trafficking, culturally specific programming, and community engagement. Throughout the day speakers will provide community education, expertise from both national and local presenters, and resources for social justice professionals. DVIP invites parents, teachers, business professionals, advocates, law enforcement members, legal advocates, and all other community members to join us on April 28th and 29th for an incredible two days of impactful learning, hands-on approaches, and community building.