June 29, 2012

NEWS CONFERENCE Monday, July 2, 10 a.m., Gateway Children’s Campus, Portland Senator Ron Wyden, City and County Elected Officials, Advocates on the Violence Against Women Act

WHO:             Senator Ron Wyden
 Dan Saltzman, Portland City Commissioner
Jeff Cogen, Multnomah County Commission Chair
Loretta Smith, Multnomah County Commissioner
Rod Underhill, Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office
Martha Strawn Morris, Gateway Center Director
Annie Neal, Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordination Office
WHAT:           Press conference on the need for Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. 
WHEN:           10 a.m., Monday, July 2, 2012   
WHERE:         Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services
10305 East Burnside St.
Portland, Or -- Since 1994, the Violence Against Women Act has helped thousands of women escape a life of domestic violence, achieve a measure of freedom and regain their self respect. Now, renewing the Act is stalled in Congress. Senator Ron Wyden, local law enforcement officials and advocates will urge congressional action on the Act at a news conference on Thursday, July 5, 2012, at 10 a.m. A roundtable discussion about the Act, its benefits and the consequences if it is not renewed will follow the news conference.
Note: In order to protect the confidentiality and safety of survivors, the press conference will take place in the back of the building. We ask that no one record the front of the building and work with staff when interviewing survivors.  Call Tom Towslee if you have questions or concerns.
Other attendees (invited):
Tawna Sanchez, NAYA Family Center, Director of Family Services
Kris Billhardt, Volunteers of America, Program Director of HomeFree
Teri Doyle, domestic violence survivor
Kevin Modica, Captain of Family Services Division Portland Police Bureau
Leslie Bevan, YWCA of Greater Portland, Executive Director
Leslie Kay, Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Regional Director
Maureen McKnight, Chief Family Law Judge Multnomah County, Circuit Court Judge
Linda Castillo, Catholic Charities El Programa Hispano, Director of Programs
Deborah Steinkopf, Bradley Angle, Executive Director