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Dismantling Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Sexual Self-determination for Young People

August 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Presenters: Denicia Sam Cadena, Kat Sanchez

It's common to hear that teen parents "cost taxpayers a lot of money," or that they "have ruined their lives"; yet these statements are part of teen pregnancy prevention models built on inaccurate information. Young people need high-quality reproductive health information and access to services to make real decisions about their bodies and lives—just not on the premise of preventing teen pregnancy. This interactive workshop will explore myths commonly associated with teen pregnancy.

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Criminalizing Bodies, Controlling Communities

August 3 @ 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Presenters: Farah Diaz-Tello, JD, Lill Hewko, Kamaria Laffrey, Nia Weeks

Many people think criminalization is about responding to wrongdoing, and there is a good reason for criminal laws on the books. But a variety of criminal laws—some puritanical and antiquated, others much newer—exist primarily to stigmatize and control certain communities. Fortunately, criminal laws are not the last word on legality. Legal experts will discuss laws that attempt to criminalize reproduction and sexuality, and what can be done to protect people's human rights.

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Porn & Parents: Sex Positive Parenting

August 3 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Presenters: Jet Setting Jasmine, King Noire, Jessica Nater

No matter what age your children are they can make sex seem like one of the more dispensable task on your to-do list. Sex Positive Parents, Jet Setting Jasmine and King Noire, share their experience with parenting and maintaining intimacy in a household with children, how to have sex while expecting and what gives when you have new partners to consider. Yes, it is Sex Ed all over again but this time with a new edition, keeping it lit with…

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Polyamorous Marriage? Alternatives to Protect You and Your Family

August 4 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Presenter: Ben Schenker

There are more than 1,000 benefits automatically provided to married people under US federal law. This presentation will examine some of the ways that polyamorous people (or anyone who does not want to be married) can use alternative mechanisms to better ensure legal stability without the need for government oversight. It will also discuss ways that people who are parents can maintain relationships with their children, even without a natural or adoptive relationship.

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Families of Choice

August 4 @ 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Presenters: Lisbeth Melendez-Rivera, Carmen Vazquez, Hardy Haberman

What is Family? For some, it is what cradles their heart from day one. For others it is the primary source of pain. For Mafia families of all kinds, it a kiss on the cheek and a stab in the back. For some, it is two married individuals with children. For the majority of people in the United States, it is a diverse and creative arrangement and commitment between lovers, friends, grandparents, cousins related by life on the block. For…

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Beyond Incarceration: The Policing of Black Women and Children Through the Child Welfare System

August 4 @ 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Presenters: Fallon J. Speaker Esq., Kaela Economos, MSW, Erin Miles Cloud, Esq.

The War on Drugs, which resulted in mass incarceration, also had devastating impacts on women of color, who were, and continue to be, prosecuted in alarming rates in the family court and child welfare systems. This workshop presentation will explore the ways in which the child welfare system, like incarceration and policing, has functioned as a tool of government oppression, surveillance, intervention, and control over women of color and their families, circumventing both their reproductive and human rights.

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The Womb to Foster Care Pipeline

August 4 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Presenters: Erin Miles Cloud, Esq., Noemi Cotto

This common child welfare practice endorses reproductive oppression, and creates the "womb to foster care pipeline." This pipeline reflects the prioritization of foster care over family preservation. However, the impact of this pipeline is not limited to the birth of the child. Because women of color fear of that their newborns will be taken, they attempt to hide their pregnancies, driving them away from planning for the return of older children and seeking essential services, such as prenatal care. If…

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