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Was That Sexual Harassment? Experts Explain What It Is, What It Isn’t, and How to Create a Harassment-Free Culture.

During this webinar, national experts, including attorneys and advocates, will explain what constitutes sexual harassment and what doesn’t. They will also describe tools and tips to create harassment-free cultures at work and elsewhere. Attendees will learn how to go beyond legal requirements to create cultures where every employee is treated with respect, and therefore better performing. Q&A afterward.  

Stay tuned for a list of presenters and the link to join the webinar. 

Moderator

Jerin Arifa
Founder and President, Young Feminists and Allies

Jerin Arifa is a formerly undocumented activist who changed millions of lives. Jerin spearheaded the sexual harassment, assault, domestic violence and anti-stalking policy for the third largest university in the U.S. — while undocumented! Now, as an American citizen, Jerin trains activists across the U.S. as the Founder of the National Organization for Women’s (NOW) inaugural virtual chapter, Young Feminists and Allies. She engineers safe spaces for marginalized groups, such as sold-out events for LGBTQAI+ Muslims. When not training activists, Jerin leverages 14 years of successes in corporate and nonprofit communications strategies—along with expertise in ending gender-based discrimination—to provide proven sexual harassment solutions to reduce employee turnover and increase productivity. A multi-talented leader, Jerin’s award-winning work ranges from cutting-edge cancer research to community organizing. President Obama’s White House chose her out of 10,000 nominees to attend the historic United State of Women Summit. Her work has appeared in diverse outlets from The New York Times to Cosmopolitan, and she presents regularly to local, national and international audiences.


Panelists

Maya Raghu
Director of Workplace Equality and Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center

Maya Raghu is Director of Workplace Equality and Senior Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. She leads federal and state policy development and advocacy, litigation, education, and stakeholder engagement focused on women’s economic security and employment opportunity, including equal pay, pregnancy discrimination, and sexual harassment. Prior to joining NWLC, she was a senior attorney at Futures Without Violence and a senior staff attorney at Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund), focusing on economic security, gender discrimination, and gender-based violence, with an emphasis on immigrant and low-income women. Her work encompassed litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, public education and training, multi-sector initiatives and cross-movement collaboration. Maya was also previously an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and a law clerk to the Hon. Vanessa D. Gilmore of the Southern District of Texas. She is a graduate of Trinity University and Georgetown University Law Center. Maya has appeared in a number of media outlets, including PBS Newshour, NPR, and The New York Times.


Abigail Echo-Hawk, MA
Director, Urban Indian Health Institute

Abigail Echo-Hawk, MA is an enrolled member of the Kitkehahki band of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. She is also a member of the Upper Athabascan people of Mentasta Village, Alaska. She was born in the heart of Alaska where she was raised in the traditional values of giving, respect for all and love. She is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and Minor in Human Rights, and a Master of Arts in Policy Studies. She previously served as the Co-Director and Tribal Liaison for Partnerships for Native Health at Washington State University-Spokane. In this role she oversaw the implementation and dissemination of 24 NIH funded grants with topics ranging from suicide prevention, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more. Ms. Echo-Hawk focuses on policy advocacy in areas such as: maternal and child health, domestic violence, sexual assault, youth prostitution and educational disparities. Her greatest accomplishment however, is her place within her extended family. She is a wife, a mother, an auntie, a daughter, a granddaughter, a friend and a community member. Abigail strives to serve them with love and to be a small part of ensuring a great future for the next generations.


Allegra L. Fishel
Founder and Executive Director, Gender Equality Law

Allegra Fishel has been a civil rights lawyer for over 25 years with a focus on advocating for the rights of women and the LGBTQ community. Before founding GELC, Allegra was a plaintiff-side employment lawyer for over 20 years. She was of Counsel for ten years at Outten & Golden LLP, and was founding partner at Beranbaum Menken Ben-Asher & Fishel. Allegra has litigated numerous gender-discrimination cases in federal and state court and in a variety of other administrative bodies. Allegra’s goal in forming GELC was to combine a unique blend of litigation and non-litigation advocacy to push for social and legal change. In this regard, she regularly requests and incorporates prospective, remedial relief, including training, policy revisions and procedural changes as part of any settlement obtained before or as a result of litigation. After working her first job with Rhode Island Legal Services, Allegra has continued her commitment to ensuring that legal representation is available to low and modest income individuals – regardless of the size or value of their cases. Allegra co-directed the Outten & Golden’s Family@Work clinic which provided free legal services to low wage earners who experienced caregiver and pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. She also participated in a pro bono clinic doing client intake at NYC’s Legal Services. Allegra continues to join coalitions and taskforces which seek to address the underrepresentation of low and modest income individuals in New York City. Allegra is a frequent lecturer on gender-based discrimination issues both to the private bar and to legal advocates at a variety of nonprofits. She received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Earlier Event: August 28
Chapter Meeting & Candidate Intros