The National Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCASA) created and supported the Women of Color Institute (WOCI) because they felt it was a way of increasing diversity on a national level. Several women of color from Connecticut attended the NCASA WOCI in August of 1998. As a result of the issues, feedback, and information these women gained at the Institute, it was suggested that a Women of Color (WOC) caucus be created in Connecticut.
In Connecticut, the Women of Color Caucus Against Sexual Assault (WOCCASA) was created with Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence (The Alliance) due to its commitment to increase diversity within its coalition. In recognizing the needs of Women of Color employees of The Alliance and its sexual assault crisis member centers, this caucus has been formed to meet those challenges and try to find solutions. Some of those challenges are the need for leadership, unity, organization, and identity, as well as the need to transcend numerous socioeconomic problems, among them: cultural and racial discrimination and lack of equal political and educational opportunities.
Join us to celebrate 20 years of supporting Women of Color sexual assault counselor advocates on September 27, 2018, at Casa Mia at the Hawthorne from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
The night will feature dinner, dancing, music, and speeches from the women who have influenced and been influenced by WOCCASA. All are welcome to attend this special event. Tickets are $40 per person.