We’re training a new generation of social justice advocates.

Social change. It’s not enough to want it. Or even to work for it. We also need to strategize for it. Our Voices and Faces Project Advocacy Training program was created to help allies, advocates, and activists do just that.

Immersive, interactive, and audience-relevant, each of our advocacy trainings are customized in partnership with local host organizations, evaluated on an ongoing basis, and continually updated to best address current events and contemporary advocacy challenges. Since the inception of our advocacy training program, Voices and Faces Project trainers and facilitators have traveled to 48 US states and four continents, creating social change every step of the way.

In addition, members of our Voices and Faces Speakers Bureau are using their names, faces, and testimonies to educate the broader public on the causes and consequences of gender-based violence. Launched in 2006, our speakers are making the personal political, using their stories to call audiences as large as 5,000 – and as intimate as 20 – to greater compassion, and action.

Our most popular advocacy
trainings and lectures.

Our Stories Are Our Power

Story sharing is revolutionizing the movement to end rape and abuse as survivors from across the globe are increasingly using their stories to challenge legal and social responses to rape, sexual harassment, and other forms of gender-based violence. #MeToo is but one extraordinary example of this trend. During this interactive presentation and moderated discussion, Voices and Faces Project founder Anne K. Ream explores links between the sharing of our stories and healing from trauma, introduces the audience ten extraordinary survivors who are changing minds, hearts, and laws with their testimonies, and considers the ethics of story sharing in our digitally connected world. “Our Stories Are Our Power” is part celebration of those changing the world with their stories, part conversation about how audience members can use their own testimonies to create change.

The Power of Young

 We are past the point of “protecting” America’s youth from online bullying, sexual harassment and damaging rape myths. Young adults spend an average of seven and a half hours per day online and, as a result, each of them is now a bystander poised to enable or defy rape culture. It is critical that we focus prevention tactics in ways teens can relate to and engage with. Voices and Faces Project founding member Christa Desir and Alina Klein, both authors of popular books for teens, offer a strategic model for connecting with young adults through popular culture to reframe their lens on rape.
“The Power of Young” is an interactive lecture that provides anyone who works with teens the tools they need to co-opt the most popular social media platforms and initiate prevention from within. Desir and Klein explore the use of young adult novels and pop culture media to promote critical, cultural analysis, seed important multimedia messages onto various online platforms, and challenge teens to initiate their own creative endeavors to inspire a movement among their peers.

New Rules for Radicals

In this interactive advocacy training, Anne K. Ream, founder of The Voices and Faces Project, explores how storytellers, opinion shapers and subversives are changing the movement to end gender-based violence. She includes the story of a pastor who has developed a ministry focused on sexual violence; a group of survivors in South Africa who are challenging the African National Congress to take gender justice as seriously as they did Apartheid; and a trifecta of online activists who effectively used Facebook to drive a boycott of Facebook  — an action that ultimately led the company to change its policies on addressing anti-woman hate speech.
Watch the 2016 Clinton Presidential Center debut of “New Rules for Radicals.”

Marketing a Movement

Legal advocacy and the provision of direct services are critical to addressing gender-related violence. But are they enough? In “Marketing a Movement,” our half day capacity building workshop, Anne K. Ream, the founder of The Voices and Faces Project and a Founding Co-Chair at World Without Exploitation, makes an impassioned case for communications as the third leg of any effective effort to change minds, hearts and public policies on sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Along with workshop facilitator Katie Feifer, Voices and Faces Project Research Director and World Without Exploitation Founding Co-Chair, Ream uses the award-winning Ugly Truth campaign – a multi-media public awareness campaign that made over 700 million audience impressions in seven US cities – as a case study to explore and strategize on how we can successfully utilize communications.
Watch the 2016 Pepperdine University presentation.

Unsilencing Public Policy

Change. We know it when we see it — and we can usually feel it when it is happening. But can we really create change? The Voices and Faces Project recently debuted a new interactive workshop — “Unsilencing Public Policy: Creating Programs That Create Change” — that explores this question, and challenges audiences to create their own social-entrepreneurial programs. Our workshop considered two of The Voices and Faces Project’s most effective creative initiatives (our first indie-rock benefit CD, and The Stories We Tell, our testimonial writing workshop) and then challenged the student and advocate audience to develop their own social change programs.

What people are saying about our trainings and lectures.

If there is one person who can make audiences accept and embrace a public discourse on sexual assault, it is Anne K. Ream. During her New Rules for Radicals keynote at the Clinton Presidential Center, she connected with her audiences on a heart to heart level. Anne is a speaker with the ability to convey what so many of us in the field of ending sexual violence and serving victims are trying to achieve. Articulate and engaging, Anne handles sensitive questions with empathy and diplomacy, and inspires laypeople to engage.”

Helen Jane Brown

Executive Director
Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault
When The Voice and Faces Project brought Our Stories Are Our Power to the Buffett Center, they delivered a fresh perspective on both the power, dangers, and ethics of storytelling for activists witnessing gender-based violence and other human rights violations. Students were enlightened to the possibilities of using storytelling to make a difference not only in their work in non governmental organizations across the globe, but also in their lives upon returning home.”

Nicole Patel

Program Officer
Center for Global Engagement at the Buffett Center for International & Comparative Studies at Northwestern University
The Voices and Faces training is an effective and significant way to share valuable information and strategies — but it is also so much more. It is a way to create a sense of shared purpose and determination among stakeholders who may not even know each other, let alone realize the important synergies in their work. Anne and Katie are masterful storytellers, facilitators, and mobilizers who know how to make change by transforming hearts and minds.”

Ellen B. Carmell

Executive Director
Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
I teach about specific social programs around the world, and I'm always looking for initiatives that challenge conventional design ideas, tackle urgent issues, and inspire my students. Unsilencing Public Policy checked all of those boxes. After The Voices and Faces Project visited our class, my students talked about how they had never considered the value of making explicit the narratives of victims of sexual violence. Students found it possible to apply Voices and Faces Project approaches to their own designs in other contexts and they were simply blown away by The Voices and Faces team's dedication to their work.”

Danny M. Cohen

Associate Professor of Instruction
Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy
Marketing a Movement is a must-do for allies seeking to be more effective leaders in the anti- trafficking movement, What started as a moderated discussion among over 50 highly engaged allies, quickly became a critical group dialogue about changing minds, hearts, and laws through the power of messaging.”

Shea M. Rhodes

Director
Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation
By engaging the audience in real-world examples, and focusing on actionable ways that advocates, law enforcement, and policymakers can better leverage the power of the media, The Voices and Faces Project provided tools we can use to change the way we talk about violence against women in the public space.”

Joanne Archambault

President
End Violence Against Women International