Requirements & Guidance for Submitting Papers

VIRTUAL June 7-9, 2021


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Proposals must be submitted online for consideration.  You can save your progress and come back to finish proposals.


Proposals due January 29, 2021 by 5:00pm MT.



Content will focus on the perspective and experiences of underserved communities, centering the services on the most marginalized survivors. Content aligns with the values espoused by CCASA and Violence Free Colorado. (See CCASA’s values here and Violence Free Colorado’s values here)

Safe & Supportive Space

Conversation should lead inclusive and respectful discussion that allows attendees to learn and  process difficult conversations.

Hands-on Transferable or Interactive

Attendees have indicated on their feedback forms they are most interested in sessions that provide hands-on or interactive learning. We encourage presenters to develop their presentation and content with this in mind as opposed to an academic format. We will be prioritizing workshops that will be presenting their content in an innovative non-lecture style format.

Session Wrap-up

Provide a good closing to your session that helps attendees apply what they have learned, feel empowered to act, and feel a sense of closure. There should be a focus on self-care throughout, but especially in the closing.


We’re going virtual for 2021! As much as we’d like to host the 10th CAIA conference in Vail, we felt it was best to be cautious in getting back together. CAIA will go on as planned over the same dates, June 7-9, 2021, just meeting in a virtual platform. Our committee is working hard to make the conference transformative, bring you as many sessions as we can, all while working in a bit of networking online, and a fun celebration of 10 years. 

We had over 500 attendees for Virtual CAIA 2020 and anticipate this year to be as full. We hope you’ll join us in making this a truly momentous 10th annual conference!


The Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference is a place to share, discuss, and explore the connections and creative solutions essential in our efforts to address and end sexual and domestic violence. We are looking for presenters from diverse backgrounds and experiences to address what survivors and communities really need – particularly those who are most underserved – not just for intervention, but also prevention and social change.

In alignment with our commitment to anti-oppression work and amplifying the voices of those most impacted by sexual and relationship abuse, we especially encourage submissions from anyone who identifies as a member of a marginalized community, or those with nonacademic and nontraditional backgrounds.

We welcome workshops on advocacy beyond services. Here are some questions that you might consider as you prepare your presentation/proposal:

2021 CAIA Call for Proposals Closed January 29, 2021 at 5PM MT

  • How has your program innovatively worked with other kinds of service providers (faith, culturally specific, military, sports leaders, etc.) to meet the needs of traditionally marginalized survivors/communities?
  • How can we work toward dismantling oppression that is at the root of gender violence?
  • How have you centered marginalized communities in service provision and/or your prevention efforts?
  • What does advocacy look like? What are emerging issues and best practices that have been successful in your program/community?
  • What is the role of a direct service program in prevention within the social movement?
  • What is the role of collaborations to best support and engage underserved communities in your area?


Due to the high volume of proposals we receive, we ask that you select which of the following five priorities your workshop proposal will touch on when submitting your workshop proposal.

  • Anti-oppression
  • Anti-racism
  • Innovative Practices
  • Intersectionality as a whole
  • Trauma-Informed Care with a focus on Self-care
  • Underserved and/or Marginalized Communities

As cohosts of this conference, we strive for our conference to reflect each of our organizations’ values. Please make sure that your proposal and content falls in line with this commitment.

  • Anti-Oppression
  • Social Change
  • Survivor-Centered
  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Respect

Violence Free Values

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  • We respect the inherent strengths and self-determination of survivors
  • We lead in partnership with survivors, heeding their experiences, and amplifying their voices
  • We strive to end relationship abuse by taking bold, courageous actions
  • We pursue social justice, knowing that equity is essential to ending relationship abuse
  • We advance equality by challenging power-based perceptions, assumptions, and behaviors
  • We mobilize grassroots activism to create systems and attitudes that are free of oppression
  • We uphold advocacy and social change as essential to advancing our movement
  • We act honestly and fairly, even in the face of adversity

Call For Presenters is Closed

All full submissions will be peer reviewed and evaluated based on originality, technical and/or research content/depth, correctness, whether they identify with conference priorities and overall relevance to the conference.