As many of our readers know, The Clapham Group strongly believes in culture’s capacity to effect public policy change. This is why we are proud to be partnering with Regent University School of Law’s Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law on a symposium that recognizes this connection, “Media and the Law: Seeking Justice for the Least of These.” The event takes place from Thursday, March 29 to Saturday, March 31 at the Founders Inn and Spa next to the Regent University campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The symposium will showcase musicians and filmmakers who believe passionately in protecting children, combating human trafficking, and/or advancing the cause of religious freedom and have explored these causes in their art. Joining them are journalists and other professionals in the non-profit world who will examine current trends and offer creative solutions in these areas.
The symposium opens Thursday evening with presentations from film producers, including Morgan Perry, executive producer of Sex + Money, Rose Corazza, director of marketing and promotions for Trade of Innocents, Daniel McCullum, director and writer of Alone, and Laila Mickelwait, director of awareness and prevention for Exodus Cry, which has produced the Nefarious films.
The event continues Friday and Saturday with three panel discussions each on human trafficking, protecting children, and religious freedom.
Human trafficking panelists will include Dr. Aidan McQuade, director of Anti-Slavery International; Steven Wagner, founder of The Renewal Forum, Annick Febrey, legislative affairs manager for International Justice Mission; Curtis Romjue of JUBILEE; James Dold of the Polaris Project; Stacia Freeman, CEO of Abolition International; and Annie Dollarhide of the A21 Campaign.
Protecting children panelists will include Patrick Trueman, president and CEO of Morality in Media; Denise St. Clair, executive director of the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy; Tracey Feild of the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Becky Weichhand, director of policy at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute; Freesia Levine, Mid-Atlantic representative of Invisible Children; and Enric Sifa, musician and Rwandan genocide survivor.
Religious freedom panelists will include Lindsay Vessey, advocacy director for Open Doors; Mindy Belz, editor of World Magazine; Dr. Daryl P. Jones, Col. USAF (Ret.), international director of Campus Crusade for Christ International: Military Ministry; Wendy Wright of Christian Freedom International; Thomas Messner of the Heritage Foundation; and Ann Buwalda, executive director of the Jubilee Campaign.
The event’s Friday evening banquet will feature keynote speaker Ken Wales, producer of Amazing Grace, and special music by Rebecca Lake. A Saturday luncheon will include an address by keynote speaker Rozi Orozco, congresswoman and founder of Camino a Casa, along with a musical performance by Enric Sifa.
Registration for the symposium is limited, but is open to everyone. Registration fees are as follows: $50 for the panels (students are free), $50 for the Friday night banquet ($25 for non-Regent students), and $35 for the Saturday luncheon ($15 for non-Regent students).
The symposium will also offer ample networking time for all attendees. Michael Leaser will be representing The Clapham Group at the event, so please drop by The Clapham Group’s booth and say “Hi” if you’re in attendance.