Showing posts with label CAVP. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CAVP. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Save the Date: CAVP Open House

Colorado Anti-Violence Program (CAVP) moved to the historic North Side of Denver in January, joining the Conflict Center, Project PAVE and WORD in a shared building on 4130 Tejon Street, Suite A. The new space features staff offices, a community meeting and conference room, our screen printing facility and a new BSEEDZ youth space which includes a "green screen wall" for filming projects.

To celebrate, CAVP is hosting an Open House on Wednesday, February 12th, from 5:30p-7:30p, with food, drinks and music and an opportunity to see the new space and hear about some of the exciting things CAVP is up to this year.

CAVP is a grassroots community-based organization that has worked to end violence and liberate LGBTQ and intersecting communities since 1986.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Colorado Anti-Violence Program looking for Development Intern

We are excited to announce we are hiring for a paid Development Internship.  This internship is a learning opportunity to develop more activist-fundraisers of color and transgender activist-fundraisers. In past years, CAVP has benefited from the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training's (GIFT) Fellowship program, which is a response to our movements' need to develop more activist-fundraisers of color. Although GIFT is not training fellows this year, CAVP wishes to continue this educational work while countering institutional and internalized racism, transphobia, and homophobia in the fundraising sector.

We will train and pay a community organizer of color or transgender community organizer to strengthen the grassroots fundraising programs of CAVP. The intern will receive extensive one-to-one training and mentorship and gain fundraising skills and deepened political analysis.

Please follow the link for information on how to apply:  

Development Internship Posting

Deadline: February 21, 2012

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

CAVP celebrates 25 years of fighting violence

The Colorado Anti-Violence Program (CAVP) is honored to commemorate its 25th anniversary with a celebration and fundraiser, "Rooting Down, Rising Up: Celebrating 25 Years of CAVP," on December 8, 2011 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Tivoli Turnhalle on the Auraria Campus. Founded 25 years ago as a response to anti-LGBTQ hate violence, CAVP has since grown into a statewide organization dedicated to eliminating violence within and against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities in Colorado.

The evening's Queer Entertainment Showcase, emceed by local performer, LadySpeech and CAVP Board Member, Mimi Madrid will include music by Ian Cooke, an inspirational LGBTQ Movement History theater piece performed by artist, Laurie Lynch, drag performances and the creation of a CAVP Community Time Capsule with the help of guest participation during the event. Tickets are available for $25.  Discounts are available for youth, elders and people with a limited income.  

Greta Davis Leach, Director of Sustainability shared this about the event, "We are excited to highlight and celebrate the strengths of our community while growing our relationships and support within the LGBTQ and allied communities, both in terms of volunteer support and financial sustainability. Events like Rooting Down, Rising Up help us reach new people and share our passion for building safe and vibrant LGBTQ communities."

Each year, CAVP provides support to 300-400 survivors of intimate partner violence, hate violence, sexual assault and other forms of violence through the organization's statewide 24 hour hotline and trains about 1,500 service providers, victim advocates, shelter staff, healthcare providers, and law enforcement providing participants with knowledge and skills to effectively serve LGBTQ survivors of violence and to create institutional change in their own organizations. In the last four years, CAVP has successfully advocated for at least 12 domestic violence and homeless shelters to adopt transgender inclusive policies and provided training and technical assistance to countless other organizations serving LGBTQ survivors of violence. CAVP also offers volunteer training and education to individuals interested in becoming hotline advocates or getting involved in other ways.

Since launching Branching Seedz of Resistance, an innovative youth-led organizing project in 2009, CAVP has made tremendous strides in building a base of young LGBTQ leaders throughout the state and across the country. Branching Seedz of Resistance uses art, media, community organizing, outreach and education to build healthy, safer and empowered youth communities. "By providing education and outreach to thousands of Coloradans each year, CAVP is helping to create a culture of safety and acceptance for LGBTQ adults, youth and survivors of violence," said Eleanor Dewey, Director of Youth Organizing. 

As the only organizations of its kind in Colorado, CAVP is an active member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), and collects and contributes data to two national annual national reports on hate violence and intimate partner violence. 

This event is wheelchair accessible. For more information about this event, or to purchase a ticket call (303) 839-5204 or e-mail:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011

CAVP Supports Civil Unions: Wants to Broaden Movement Conversation

A statement from the Colorado Anti-Violence Program (CAVP):

 In choosing to publicly support Civil Unions legislation that would extend vital legal protections to gay and lesbian couples in Colorado, we at the Colorado Anti-Violence Program (CAVP) are clear that this is a struggle for legal relationship recognition for some of the communities and people we represent.  Passing Civil Unions legislation is an important step towards ensuring gay and lesbian couples have access to the same rights and privileges granted to heterosexual couples, but it should by no means be seen as an end goal for our movements. 

CAVP stands firm in our commitment to valuing all identities and relationships within our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities, and in our belief that those of us who have historically been most excluded from decision-making power, and those of us who are most vulnerable to violence need to be at the center of our movements to bring about fundamental social and political change.  Our shared vision for justice necessitates building a movement in which none of us are left out and leadership comes from those most impacted by structural injustices including people of color, low-income people, youth, immigrants, transgender people, other gender non-conforming people, queer polyamorous people, people living with HIV/AIDS, people with disabilities... some of the same groups who will not benefit in the same way by the current Civil Unions legislation being considered.      

As we fight for the right to legal protections for gay and lesbian couples, we cannot forget that the scope is far too narrow to stop here. "Until those of us who are living in prisons or jails; those with disabilities; those without steady housing, jobs, or healthcare; those without citizenship status are also protected from violence - including the legal violence of exclusion from policies that affect us - none of us should rest easy,"  said Nicole Hurt, CAVP Board Member and community organizer based in Greeley, Colorado.

We call upon those organizations and individuals speaking up for Civil Unions legislation to also speak up when the most vulnerable groups in our LGBTQ communities are under attack.  We call upon solidarity in our struggles to transform the basic conditions of our lives.  And we look forward to collectively building upon the passage of Civil Unions legislation to advance our shared vision of full liberation for all LGBTQ people.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Volunteer at CAVP

The Colorado Anti-Violence Program (CAVP) is looking for new volunteers to become a valuable part of the organization!  There are many ways you can get involved, including becoming a trainer, community outreach and education, fundraising, administrative tasks, event planning or joining Branching Seedz of Resistance, CAVP's emerging youth organizing project (Open to youth ages 13-24).  

latina health summit volunteersAll trainings will integrate popular education principles, Theater of the Oppressed exercises and interactive discussions giving folks an opportunity to engage and learn in deeper ways.

CAVP are especially looking for more youth involvement and for volunteers to become trainers.  

This is the only Train the Trainer series of 2011 so don't miss out!  Space is limited! RSVP by calling 303-839-5204 or e-mailing by March 16th.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Once you have reserved your spot, you will receive more information about the training. Both of these trainings will take place in Denver.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

CAVP's Studio 304 Fundraiser and Silent Auction tonight

]The Colorado Anti-Violence Project is holding their Studio 304 Fundraiser and Silent Auction tonight and they will have some great items available including ski passes, sports event tickets, art by local artists, homemade desserts, homemade green chile, gift certificates and passes to shops, theaters, museums and restaurants, Spanish lessons, swing dance lessons, massages, bicycle tune up, a DJ Stat set at your house party, and even a personalized self defense workshop for you and up to seven of your friends, and much more.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Homo for the Holidays: What transgender people need to know about TSA

For those of you traveling over the holidays, Colorado Anti-Violence Program wanted to share a helpful resource from the National Center for Transgender Equality- What transgender people need to know about TSA procedures.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Things to do in Denver when you're gay: CAVP's Studio 304

Mark your calendars for the Colorado Anti-Violence Program's "Studio 304" fundraiser and silent auction on December 8, 2010.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

CAVP responds to reports of police misconduct against gays in Denver

On August 24th, CAVP participated in a press conference calling for police accountability. More details are available in these two articles: Advocates press on for cop accountability (Denver Daily) and Police brutality: Were Michael DeHerrera and Shawn Johnson targeted because they're gay?
This year alone, CAVP reports that it has documented five cases of police misconduct in Denver and four additional cases in other parts of the state. Police misconduct ranged from refusal to take a complaint to physical and verbal assault by a police officer. Despite inclusive local and state anti-discrimination laws as well as an inclusive federal hate crimes law, LGBTQ people of color continue to be disproportionately targeted by law enforcement. CAVP says, "It is time for us as a community to come together and organize responses to violence that do not rely on criminal legal systems, systems that continue to discriminate and even re-victimize us."

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Program's 2009 Anti-LGBTQ Hate Violence Report includes recommendations for law enforcement training and community based responses to violence.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Become a CAVP volunteer!

CAVP is offering upcoming volunteer trainings beginning September 25 and they hope you will join them in re-thinking how communities support the safety of survivors while also holding those who harm accountable. With the improved fall training, CAVP incorporates transformational training methods and topics that provide a solid foundation, comprehensive framework and critical skill set for addressing the root causes of violence. All trainings will integrate Theater of the Oppressed exercises and interactive discussions giving folks an opportunity to engage and learn in deeper ways.

RSVP to by September 17th. Space is limited so don't wait! Lunch is provided so please include dietary restrictions with your RSVP. Exact training times will be sent as the training nears. If you have questions, please contact staff at 303-839-5204.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Jobs: Director of Advocacy for CAVP

The Colorado Anti-Violence Program (CAVP) is looking for a collectively-minded, intelligent, personable, and highly-motivated person to serve as the Director of Advocacy, one member of a three person co-leadership team that replaces the traditional Executive Director role.

Because the duties to be assigned are so varied, this position requires a Co-Director with an unusually diverse set of skills and attributes, with particular emphasis on strong quantitative, analytical, strategic competence, and inclination.

Other desirable qualities include intellectual curiosity and agility, the ability to hold and synthesize multiple perspectives, cross-sectoral and cross-cultural competencies, strong written and verbal communications skills, ability to maintain survivor confidentiality, basic computer savvy, the ability to work alone and in partnership, adaptability, high energy, warmth, humor and a commitment to service.

Applicants should have several years of professional experience, have a minimum of one year of previous experience in (paid or volunteer) survivor advocacy work, be adept at organizing their work and the work of an organization, have practical experience in making things happen, and have the ability to work evenings or weekends with occasional travel. Preferred qualifications include being bicultural/bilingual in Spanish, familiarity with Colorado community resources and organizations, and experience with community outreach and organizing.

To apply, please answer the following questions in no more than three pages. Your answers should accompany a resume, and will function in lieu of a cover letter:

How does your background and identity contribute to your understanding of oppression and privilege?

Given CAVP's leadership structure, why is sharing leadership and power attractive to you based on your work style, experiences and values?

Tell us about a moment in your life OR an event in history when a group of people or a community came together to respond to an act of violence or abuse. Why does this event or moment inspire you and how does this influence your vision for social justice?

Send your complete application to by August 11, 2010 Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Monday, June 14, 2010

CAVP Pancake Breakfast - all you can eat!

writing cardsColorado Anti-Violence Project hosts their third Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser featuring celebrity chefs Kyle Harris of Improbable Pictures, Crisosto Apache of the Two Spirit Society of Denver, Bret Farris (aka Wilma Titzgrow) of the Rainbeaus gay square dancing group, Dan Hanley of Boulder County AIDS Project, and youth from CAVP's Branching Seedz of Resistance project on July 10 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. with a sliding scale cost of $5-10.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Jobs: CAVP looking to hire Marketing and Outreach Consultant

The Colorado Anti-Violence Program is hiring for a Marketing and Outreach Consultant. The position is a three-month contract position for 5-10 hours a week. The Marketing and Outreach Consultant is responsible for coordinating the process of overhauling the CAVP website.

To apply, send a one page proposal describing your interest and intention, a resume and three references to: Director of Sustainability,

People of color, trans and gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities, and low-income people are especially encouraged to apply.

The Colorado Anti-Violence Program (CAVP) is a statewide organization primarily serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities across the state of Colorado. Founded in 1986, CAVP addresses the pervasive problems of violence committed within and against LGBTQ communities including domestic violence, sexual assault, hate violence, HIV-related violence and police misconduct. CAVP works for queer liberation through direct victim services, community education, organizing and advocacy.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Colorado Anti-Violence Program is looking for new board members

The Colorado Anti-Violence Program is looking for new board members - no experience necessary - and staff and current board members are available to meet one on one to talk about board service, fundraising, community engagement programs and other ways to get involved with CAVP.

E-mail for more information.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Working Effectively with the LGBTQ Community

The La Gente Unida newletter reports on a new training session on Friday, February 12 called 'Working Effectively with the LGBTQ Community'. The training will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gill Foundation office,2215 Market Street in Denver and is sponsored by the nonprofit Colorado Anti Violence Program (CAVP).

Featuring facilitators Crystal Middlestadt and Lynn Sprague, the training is open to service providers working primarily with survivors of intimate partner violence. The training will be an opportunity for service providers to increase knowledge and skills to ensure that their services are accessible to LGBTQ survivors. The registration fee ranges $10.00 to $30.00 per person on a sliding scale based on one’s income, but nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds. Space is limited, so make your reservation via email to

Friday, December 11, 2009

Things to do in Denver when you're gay: Celebrate with CAVP

Tonight the LGBT community is invited to come together with the Colorado Anti-Violence Program to celebrate the triumphs and challenges of 2009, share food, and connect with each other.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Celebrate with CAVP

Everybody's invited to celebrate with the Colorado Anti-Violence Program as 2009 comes to a close. Join CAVP on December 11 from 6-9 p.m. at the CAVP office, 304 Elati Street in Denver for a silent auction, short films and live music. And of course, amazing community members, delicious hors d'Ĺ“uvres and lots of laughter.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

CAVP launches Queer Youth Violence Prevention Project

The Colorado Anti-Violence Program is excited to be home to a new project focusing on preventing sexual violence within and against LGBTQQ youth communities. The Youth Violence Prevention Project will be examining the root causes of sexual violence in order to create effective and lasting prevention strategies.

Eleanor Dewey was hired in early August as Project Manager to begin the development of this three year program that will be launched in Denver and one other pilot location in Colorado.

With the guidance of a youth driven board, CAVP will implement a community readiness assessment in both pilot locations that will lead to the development of sexual violence prevention strategies. If you are a LGBTQQ youth and are interested in organizing this project, contact Eleanor for details.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Cortez man says rape led to patricide

What a sad, weird story out of Cortez, Colorado.

Jeremiah Berry (pictured), 20, claimed he was raped by his father, Jack Berry, last year after the elder Berry claimed to been "told by God" that Jeremiah had to have sexual reassignment surgery so the two could be married.

Jeremiah then shot and killed his father and fed parts of the body to coyotes.

Last month, Jeremiah pleaded guilty to the murder and was sentenced to three years of imprisonment to be followed by 10 years of probation.

If you are a victim of sexual abuse or violence, you can get help from organizations like the Colorado Anti-Violence Program or the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).