The Justice Institute
The Justice Conference believes that every Christian should pursue justice as a consistent lifestyle. This includes multiple forms of solidarity and advocacy. This is why our Justice Institute event in Washington, D.C. will be centered around the theme of advocacy.
At this event, we will teach you the practical steps to advocating for better national policy regarding immigration and other issues that affect marginalized people groups. On Day Two, using the equipping you have received, you will be able to exercise your newly acquired advocacy knowledge in person by being guided through the halls of Capitol Hill and matched with legislators in your area for an opportunity to make congressional asks.
Don’t miss this advocacy event at The Justice Institute in Washington, D.C.
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Justice Institute DC || Speakers
The speakers for this year’s Justice Institute DC will be speaking on the topics of immigration and advocacy.
department of the U.S. federal government. Nathan represents Bethany before members of Congress and government officials while building relationships and partnerships.Nathan joined Bethany in January 2018 and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Laura.
Before joining the Forum in 2015, Adam served in several non-profit roles in Phoenix, Arizona: as the executive director for Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding, director of a center providing housing and care for unaccompanied immigrant children at Neighborhood Ministries, and director of an immigration legal resource center at LifeBridge Community Alliance. In 2015, the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona honored him with their Hero Award for his local multifaith peacemaking efforts with his church and the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix.
Adam currently resides with his wife and four children in his hometown of Peoria, Arizona, where he is an elder at Orangewood Church of the Nazarene and enjoys coaching his kids in ice hockey. He has degrees from Olivet Nazarene University (BA) and Fuller Theological Seminary (MA in Global Leadership).
Prior to joining the ERLC, Mr. Wussow served as executive director for central ministries and general counsel at the Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas. Before serving at the Austin Stone, Mr. Wussow practiced energy, regulatory, and legislative law with Jackson Walker LLP, the largest private law firm in Austin, Texas. Mr. Wussow received a B.B.A. in Finance, with honors, from The University of Texas at Austin and a J.D., with high honors, from The University of Texas School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Wussow served as an articles editor for Texas Law Review and is a member of the Order of the Coif. Mr. Wussow is married and has two daughters.
As the Vice-President of Policy, Advocacy and Communications at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Smith is charged with creating the strategic vision and advocacy plans for the organization that builds support among policymakers, promotes the work and services of KIND to the broader community, and establishes KIND as an expert on the protection of unaccompanied minors. Smith was a key strategist in drafting and building support for “The Fair Day in Court for Kids Act,” and “the Secure the Northern Triangle Act.”
As Senior Policy Counsel for Humanity United, Smith led the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) coalition advocacy efforts both to successfully reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2013 and to secure nearly $100 million dollars in new federal funding and report language to combat modern day slavery.
As Deputy Campaign Manager for Legislative Affairs at the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Smith led a national, state, and local coalition of over 100 immigrant rights, labor, civil rights, faith-based, and community rights organizations to advance comprehensive immigration reform by seeking passage of the “Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act of 2005 (S.1033) to final passage of S.2611 by a vote of 62-36 in the U.S. Senate.
Smith founded and has been President of Smith Strategies LLP for 7 years, and served as interim Executive Director for the Enough Project at the Center for American Progress. In both these roles, and as a Vice-President at KIND, Smith has been responsible for managing large budgets, hiring, supervising and evaluating various staff including directors, program managers and assistants and building a small business with diverse clients. Smith has also gained development experience, including grant writing and reporting and identifying and meeting with prospective donors to communicate the vision and mission of the various programs. Smith has built and executed annual budgets and has extensive experience communicating externally and internally regarding the mission and vision of the various organizations he directed. He has acted as a spokesperson for the media, spoke at external events, testified before federal and state legislatures and participated in high-level policy discussions with key policy makers and other influential stakeholders including senior staff and members of the U.S. Congress, and senior officials in the Executive branch.
In addition to his advocacy work, Smith has authored books, advocacy materials, and op-eds for major news outlets, and taught as an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Active in his community, Smith has served on the boards of national and state organizations and committees. Smith received his J.D. from the University of Oregon and is a member of the Washington State Bar.
Emily is a graduate of the Instituto de Lengua Española in San Jose, Costa Rica, earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Abilene Christian University and holds a Master of Social Work from Boston University. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Emily has worked in mental health, international adoption, hospital social work, philanthropy and in hospice care. She sees her work at World Relief as combining her two passions of cross-cultural missions and provision of quality human services to vulnerable people. She has been married Dr. Cary Gray for 32 years.
Incensed by the injustices suffered by his family and other farmworkers, Baldemar founded the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) in 1967. Under his leadership FLOC has set international precedents in labor history, including being the first union to negotiate multi-party collective bargaining agreements, and the first to represent H2A international guest workers under a labor agreement. Baldemar is an internationally recognized leader in the farmworker and immigrant rights movements. His commitment to justice and human dignity have led to recognition by many labor, government, academic, and progressive organizations, including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, a Development of People Award by the Campaign for Human Development of the U.S. Catholic Conference, an Aguila Azteca Award by the Government of México, and several Honorary Doctorates from Bowling Green State University, Bluffton University, and University of Toledo. In 2009 Baldemar was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council.
Amena is also the host of the limited edition How to Fix a Broken Record podcast about her book of the same name and the co-host of podcast, Here for the Donuts. She and her husband, DJ Opdiggy, live in Atlanta where they host an open mic every fifth Thursday at Urban Grind Coffee.
Live, Amena is always insightful, entertaining, and poignant. Her message and approach work extremely well with most audiences. Below explains her topics and approach:
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church – 301 A St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Time & Date:
Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM EDT (doors open at 8:30 AM)
Thursday, Sep 13, 2018 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM EDT (doors open at 8:30 AM)
Hotel & Travel:
Capitol Skyline Hotel – 10 I St SW Washington, DC 20024
Boutique hotel downtown with views of the Capitol dome. To be included in the “Justice Institute Room Block” call and reference this name or click this link to book your room. Rooms are limited and are on a first come, first served basis for 9/11/18 – 9/15/18. Rooms must be booked prior to 7/27/18.
Other D.C. Hotel Options:
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