of Southern Colorado


April 2015 - Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
5:30 - 7:00 pm

First United Methodist Church, Room 21, Basement
420 N Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Our guest speaker was Edith Magbegor Okupa, the Founder/Executive Director of Restoration Project International, located in Denver, Colorado. Restoration Project International (history) is a nonprofit organization with a 3-fold mission: to provide GED and vocational education and mentorship/support programs to victims/survivors of sexual exploitation; and create community awareness of the problem of sexual exploitation through trainings and workshops. She received her bachelors' degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland and her masters' degree in Public Administration with concentrations on Domestic Violence, Project Management and Policy Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado. She also received numerous trainings in domestic violence, sexual assault, and victimization. During her career, she worked with the Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland as a Domestic Violence Intern, Public Police Intern with the Colorado Coalition against Domestic Violence (CCADV), and Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Intern with Colorado Organization for Victims Assistance (COVA). As a public policy intern, she did a research for CCADV and contributed to the legislation that was adopted into law SB 227 in 2013 and HB 14-1162 in 2014 to protect rape victims when a child was conceived from the criminal act. She researched topics such as: Termination of the Parental Rights of a Rapist When a Child Is Conceived through Rape; she did independent studies on: Family Courts' Responses in Child Custody Disputes when there are Allegations of Abuse, and Spousal Abuse in Domestic Violence. She also did papers on: The Physiological and Economic Impact of Female Genital Mutilation, Lethality Assessment Policy Implementations, etc., and scholarly work on Victimology, Battered Women, Child Sexual Assault, Effects of Abuse on Children, Husband Abuse, Implementation Challenges of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Psychological Analysis of Domestic Violence, Implementation Challenges of Lethality Assessment Programs in Intimate Partner Violence, Economic Implications of Mandatory Arrest, to mention but a few. She is also a public speaker; she does an annual presentation with the domestic violence students at the University of Maryland, Shady Grove Campus; University of Colorado, Boulder Campus in 2012, workshop and training on sexual exploitation in Maryland in 2013, and Colorado in 2014. She is striving to provide community awareness on sexual assault and exploitation. As a result, she has established and implemented programs to promote this awareness through trainings and workshops. She is constantly seeking creative ways to restore hope for survivors. Currently, she has developed a dynamic curriculum targeted at empowerment of survivors and reintegration into communal life. She is excited to facilitate programs that would inspire survivors to aspire and hope for a better and brighter future. She is constantly challenging herself in her quest to achieve excellence in her chosen profession. She considers restoring hope to survivors of sexual assault and exploitation of utmost importance to her.

                    Our meetings are open to organizations and individuals who are interested in stopping
                    Modern Day Slavery, especially in our community.

                    For meeting information, please contact: bedwards12@aol.com                    
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