On the weekend of June 12-13, 2020 NARSOL held their most successful conference ever, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The previously scheduled Raleigh NC conference had to be cancelled, but to replace it, NARSOL brought together a great selection of speakers and advocates for a two-day national webcast called “NARSOL Live.” Despite the short planning horizon and a participant pay-wall, NARSOL was able to boast over 300 attendees for the event.
Now, NARSOL has made all of the presentations free to the public!
Equal Justice Under the Law
by Phil Telfeyan
Through discussion of Michael McGuire, a client subject to an archaic and barbaric registration law, Phil broadens the issues and talks about how irrational sexual offense registration laws result from a punitive mindset. Our society always thinks punishment is the way to solve problems, but it generally makes problems even worse.
How To Reach People Who Don’t Already Agree With You
by Phil Telfeyan
In this workshop Phil opens the floor to discussion with attendees, sharing ideas and experiences on ways to reach “beyond the choir.”
For Reason in a Mad World
by JoAnn Wypijewski
Sex scandals reduce the complexity of human life to a story of good and evil. The amplification of evil and the politics of fear and sequential sex panics across at least 50 years have been drivers of the prison state and the culture of vengeance and punishment. The ratcheting up of registries, the surveillance, the exclusion zones, etc. — all of that is a product of the culture of punishment and mass incarceration, and has in turn helped to reinforce it. Abolition of the registry is just as necessary as campaigns against police violence or for due process or against mass incarceration and racial profiling. If we are to have any hope for a more sane, just, and reasonable society, it must be one fight.
The Media: Friend or Foe?
by Michael McKay
Drawing from examples across various aspects of the system, this workshop helps you prepare a media plan for your affiliate organization that will not only put your efforts in the proper context and your organization in the best possible light but also will assist you in advancing your goals, prepping for an interview, and avoiding common, potentially catastrophic mistakes.
Registry Overload: Review of Michigan’s Registry Reform
by Kimberly Buddin
Kimberly speaks about the progression and timeline of Michigan’s registry, current registration requirements, and the difficulties, impracticability, and general problems of the registry. She discusses current and ongoing legal and legislative advocacy that has been taking place in Michigan, including the Does I and Does II lawsuits, legislative responses, recommendations for reform, areas where stakeholders agree/disagree, and what the next steps should be.
How To Talk To Policymakers So They Will Listen
by Kimberly Buddin
This presentation explores how to have an effective meeting with a policymaker and how to give persuasive testimony before a legislative committee. The value of using personal experiences
will be presented as well as how to achieve maximum effectiveness.
Standing Up; Speaking Up
by Jeanie Mezger
When the Judiciary Committee in the Nebraska Legislature invited the registry community to testify about life on the registry, Nebraskans Unafraid worked hard to pull together as many people as possible to testify. They did a lot of things right to make it happen, and some of the ‘right’ things had been done years before with no idea of how important they would prove to be. This presentation also touches on the response of Nebraskans Unafraid to a recent high-profile murder of a registrant in the state.
by Glen Gerding
In this presentation, Glen – the successful lead counsel in the North Carolina Packingham case – shares his observations of the developments in advocacy for registered individuals since he began his work.
Paraphilias: A Mental Health Perspective
by Dr Fred Berlin
Dr. Berlin discusses the difference between a paraphilia and a paraphilic disorder and the difference between pedophilia and child molestation. The presentation is divided into four segments: (1) mental health assessment, (2) etiology, (3) rationale for treatment, and (4) treatment itself. The importance of prevention is also discussed.
Heroism and Faith: Becoming a leader in the fight for change
by Paul Dubbeling
Lasting legal change is a combination of litigation and legislation. But what do we need to make those successful? In this presentation, Paul discusses what we need, individually, to become leaders of change.