Advancing Advocacy – Tips for Testifying
By Andy Stein….
Testifying in front of your state’s legislature can be a very intimidating experience. But with the right preparation and thoughtful attention to detail, you can be heard and create small successes along the road to reform.
Last summer, a team of therapists, lawyers, registrants, and family members met to organize Kentucky Citizens and Families for Reform. While the process of putting together an organization has been slow, the team has experienced recent success testifying during the 2017 Kentucky legislative session. In February, a panel consisting of a criminal defense lawyer, a therapist, and a family member of a former registrant testified against a bill that would add public playgrounds to the list of presence restrictions. During this Advancing Advocacy session, you learn tips for delivering effective testimony and will see the panel in action in the video of the testimony recorded during the Kentucky House Judiciary Committee meeting.
The presenter, Jennifer Van Waes, has been an advocate in Kentucky since 2008 when her family was negatively impacted by the retroactive application of residency restrictions. She currently organizes the Advancing Advocacy sessions for NARSOL and continues to work in her state on registry issues.
The PointPoint presentation is here
An audio download is here