The 10th Annual NARSOL Conference is This Week
NARSOL - the National Association for Rational Sex Offender Laws - is holding its 10th annual conference this week in Cleveland, Ohio, just down the road from the NBA Finals game 3 and 4. I'm guessing the conference will have a bit less fanfare, although I will predict it will feature some fireworks of its own. https://conference.narsol.org/speakers-2018/
This group has been effective at engaging dialogue in state legislatures to affect laws that weigh heaviest on those convicted of sexual offenses, people they refer to most often as "registrants." The national registry is one area in which they've gained a lot of ground, because the one-size-fits-all label of SO is unduly harsh on those whose misdeeds do not warrant a lifetime of continued punishment and recrimination.
I will be presenting a workshop at the conference, looking at the ways in which social workers can become more effective with registrants if they focus on restorative strategies rather than punitive.
But as important to me will be the chance to meet and discuss issues with other participants and presenters, many who are activists, as full of hope as they are determination.