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The Politicization of Safety

Initiative to End Family Violence Annual Conference

The Politicization of Safety conference will critically explore political dimensions of interventions in (or failures to intervene in) family violence. Topics include challenges related to: reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, criminalization, failure to protect laws, police-perpetrated family violence, gun control, and campus responses to sexual assault and domestic violence.

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April 6 Public Lecture and Reception Featuring Beverly Gooden

Victims’ Rights Advocate & Creator of the Viral Hashtag, #WhyIStayed

Introduction given by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of UCI School of Law

Join us for a public lecture and reception on April 6 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. featuring Beverly Gooden, Victims’ Rights Advocate & Creator of the Viral Hashtag, #WhyIStayed. Ms. Gooden earned a BA in Communications from Hampton University and a MA in Social Justice from Loyola University Chicago. She now speaks about domestic violence sensitivity, social justice, and the power of storytelling to audiences across the country. Beverly Gooden.

“There are so many layers to domestic violence and not just financial, although those are valid. But we are talking about human hearts. It’s not easy to leave someone you love.” – Beverly Gooden

Ms. Gooden’s story has been profiled on Good Morning America, CNN, TIMEThe Washington Post, Mic, HLN, Inside Edition, and more.

April 7

Featured Speaker:

Kimberlé Crenshaw
UCLA Law, Columbia Law School
Inaugural IEFV Change-Maker Award Recipient speaks on The Urgency of Intersectionality


Panels Include:

Introductory Panel on the Politics of Safety and Justice

Moderated by Emily Thuma, Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of California, Irvine

  • Jane Stoever, Professor and Director, Domestic Violence Clinic, University of California, Irvine School of Law, Introduction
  • Mimi Kim, Professor of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach, “Decoupling Safety from Crime Control: Current Trends in the Feminist Anti-Violence Movement”
  • Deborah Weissman, Reef C. Ivey II Distinguished Professor of law, University of North Carolina School of Law, “The Community Politics of Domestic Violence”

Panel II: Intersectional Needs for Safety and Justice

Moderated by Kaaryn Gustafson, Professor and Co-Director, Center on Law, Equality and Race, University of California, Irvine School of Law

  • Donna Coker, Professor, University of Miami School of Law, “Crime Logic and Feminist Politics about Campus Sexual Assault”
  • Jessica Cabrera, University of California, Irvine, “Interpreting Law in Campus Sexual Assault Response”
  • Sid Jordan, University of California, Los Angeles, “Critical Trans Perspectives on Antiviolence Advocacy”
  • Natalie Nanasi, Professor and Director, Hunter Legal Center for Victims of Crimes Against Women, SMU Dedman School of Law, “The U Visa’s Failed Promise for Survivors of Domestic Violence”

Responses to Gender-Based Violence in the Trump Era

Moderated by Jane Stoever, Professor and Director, Domestic Violence Clinic, University of California, Irvine School of Law

  • Carrie Bettinger-Lopez, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women (March 2015-January 2017), Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law, and lead counsel on Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) vs. United States (Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, 2011), the first international human rights case brought by a domestic violence victim against the U.S.
  • Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Professor and Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, University of California, Irvine School of Law
  • Jennifer Koh, Professor and Director, Immigration Clinic, Western State College of Law at Argosy University
  • Elizabeth MacDowel, Professor and Director, Family Justice Clinic, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Panel III: Militarization, Firearms, and the Family

Moderated by Dr. Christopher Kahn, Professor, Director of Fellowship in Emergency Medical Services & Disaster Medicine, Director of Emergency Preparedness & Response, Chief of Division of Emergency Medical Services, University of California, San Diego

  • Leigh Goodmark, Professor and Director, Gender Violence Clinic, University of Maryland Carey School of Law, “Hands Up at Home: Militarized Masculinity and Police Officers Who Commit Intimate Partner Abuse”
  • Jane Stoever, Professor and Director, Domestic Violence Clinic, University of California, Irvine School of Law, “Playing Politics with Firearms and Family Violence”
  • Mary Fan, Henry M. Jackson Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law, “Preventing Ordinary and Extraordinary Violence”
  • Carolyn B. Ramsey, Professor, University of Colorado Law School, “Firearms in the Family”


Panel IV: Multiple Systems, Standards, and Dilemmas

Moderated by Kirk Williams, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine

  • Alisa Bierria, University of California, Berkeley and Colby Lenz, University of Southern California, “Judicial Fictions: Maneuvering Agency in ‘Failure to Protect'”
  • Cynthia Godsoe, Professor, Brooklyn Law School, “Rethinking Parental Prerogatives”
  • Amy Magnus, University of California, Irvine, Criminology, Law and Society, “Crossed Over or Crossed Out? A Critical Assessment of Specialized Juvenile and Family Justice Initiatives”


Panel V: Moving Forward and Considering Science-Informed Solutions with a Critical Lens

Moderated by Candace Burton, Professor, University of California, Irvine School of Nursing

  • Jamie Abrams, Professor, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, “The Externalities of Family Violence”
  • Courtney Cross, Visiting Professor, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, “Harm Reduction in the Domestic Violence Context”
  • Carrie Bettinger-Lopez, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women (March 2015-January 2017), Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law, “Creating a National Plan of Action on Violence Against Women and Gender-Based Violence: A Human Rights Approach”



  • Nik Warren, UCI Public Health: Campus Violence and Aggression: A Study at the University of California, Irvine
  • Jaimie Wu, Community Service Programs, Inc.: “We Can Overcome” Domestic Violence Public Health Media Campaign


These panels are approved for 6.5 hours of Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California. UC Irvine School of Law is a State Bar-approved MCLE provider.

This conference is hosted by the UC Irvine Initiative to End Family Violence, a multi-disciplinary initiative that addresses family violence across the lifespan, including child abuse, teen dating violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, abuse of people with disabilities, and elder abuse.

Event Logistics

Date: Thursday, April 6 – Friday, April 7, 2017
Time: Thursday: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Beckman Center – University of California Irvine. Parking is available on site at no charge.

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