Call for Presenters

DENVER, CO JUNE 5 – 7, 2023

How to Submit a Proposal

Step 1

Create an Account

Registering is easy. Create your login to submit a workshop proposal.

Step 2

Add Presenters

Add yourself as a presenter. You can also create co-presenters.

Step 3

Add and Submit Your Proposals

Add your proposals. Deadline January 13, 2023, by 5:00 pm MT.

Our Expectations For Presenters

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Content will focus on the perspective and experiences of underserved communities, centering the services on the most marginalized survivors. Content aligns with the values espoused by CCASA and Violence Free Colorado. (See CCASA’s values here and Violence Free Colorado’s values here)

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Safe & Supportive Space

Conversation should lead inclusive and respectful discussion that allows attendees to learn and  process difficult conversations.

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Hands-on Transferable or Interactive

Attendees have indicated on their feedback forms they are most interested in sessions that provide hands-on or interactive learning. We encourage presenters to develop their presentation and content with this in mind as opposed to an academic format. We will be prioritizing workshops that will be presenting their content in an innovative non-lecture style format.

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Session Wrap-up

Provide a good closing to your session that helps attendees apply what they have learned, feel empowered to act, and feel a sense of closure. There should be a focus on self-care throughout, but especially in the closing.

CAIA 2023 will be live in-person!

CAIA 2023 will be in person! Yes, you read that right, we will be hosting the conference in Denver, CO. Stay tuned for our announcement on location and more!

Conference Themes and Topics

“Without Community there is no liberation”  

-Audre Lorde

The Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference is an opportunity to connect, collaborate and create change as we work together to end sexual and domestic violence. We recognize that DV and SA are rooted in multiple forms of oppression, and working to end gender-based violence means working to end oppression on all levels. Here we center the experience of survivors and advocates who face, challenge, and transform multiple systemic barriers in their work toward healing practices.  We invite presenters and presentations that amplify stories, center the knowledge of their own intersectional identities, and lift up the wisdom of resilient communities that our movements have historically underserved.   

The long-term health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, new waves of racial reckoning, the loss of reproductive choice, and deepening attacks on the legal rights of immigrants, queer and trans-identified people, have made plain the disparities that survivors face based on their identities and access to systemic power. CAIA 2023 will be a place to address the questions of this moment: What new skills, interventions, and technologies have we gained from the last two years?  What practices and policies should we leave behind?  How can we use our collective and positional power, not just to fill gaps, but to build new ways of advocacy that honor and incorporate the practices of resilient communities? 

2023 CAIA Call for Proposals Now Open!
The Deadline is January 13, 2023

We welcome workshops on advocacy beyond services. Here are some questions that you might consider as you prepare your presentation/proposal:

  • How has your program innovatively worked with other kinds of service providers (faith, culturally specific, military, sports leaders, etc.) to meet the needs of traditionally marginalized survivors/communities?
  • How can we work toward dismantling oppression that is at the root of gender violence?
  • How have you centered marginalized communities in service provision and/or your prevention efforts?
  • What does advocacy look like? What are emerging issues and best practices that have been successful in your program/community?
  • What is the role of a direct service program in prevention within the social movement?
  • What is the role of collaborations to best support and engage underserved communities in your area?

CAIA Conference Topics of Interest


  • Advocates
  • staff/volunteers/interns
  • Innovative practices
    • Language access & justice – ways to get there
    • Accessibility
    • RJ-importance of finding ways to support people who cause harm.
    • Prevention on campuses, education system
      • What is going on?
  • Systemic policies- staff turnover, staff retention
  • Advanced advocacy
  • Leadership conversations
    • Post institute
    • LGBTQIA2S+


  • Topics that discuss rural areas
  • multiple intersections of violence and diverse approaches to working with survivors

Prevention education/youth work- primary prevention

  • More concerning teens and the age of social media/internet

Intersections of advocacy and health equity services

  • connection in community that can support with equity

As cohosts of this conference, we strive for our conference to reflect each of our organizations’ values. Please make sure that your proposal and content falls in line with this commitment.

  • Anti-Oppression
  • Social Change
  • Survivor-Centered
  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Respect

Violence Free Values

Violence Free Colorado
  • We respect the inherent strengths and self-determination of survivors
  • We lead in partnership with survivors, heeding their experiences, and amplifying their voices
  • We strive to end relationship abuse by taking bold, courageous actions
  • We pursue social justice, knowing that equity is essential to ending relationship abuse
  • We advance equality by challenging power-based perceptions, assumptions, and behaviors
  • We mobilize grassroots activism to create systems and attitudes that are free of oppression
  • We uphold advocacy and social change as essential to advancing our movement
  • We act honestly and fairly, even in the face of adversity

the 2023 Call for Presenters is now open!

All full submissions will be peer reviewed and evaluated based on originality, technical and/or research content/depth, correctness, whether they identify with conference priorities and overall relevance to the conference.