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Thursday, May 11

4:45pm EDT

Now is the Time: Organizing to Bring Them Home
Now is the time for parents and families of abducted children to organize and work together to end this problem.  Historically, upheaval of the social order was always precipitated by people who organized into goal-directed action.  

The Women's Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, even the movement that ushered in the new presidential administration all happened from a public groundswell of pressure, persistence, and solidarity.

Parent Advocates Jeffery Morehouse and Noelle Hunter will recap the day by identifying elements from these historic movements that are present in the growing IPCA movement, help participants locate themselves within it, and suggest ways to effectively organize for reform. 

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Noelle Hunter

President, iStand Parent Network Inc.
Dr. Hunter is the president and co-founder of iStand Parent Network Inc. Her daughter, Muna, was abducted to Mali in 2011 and returned in 2014 through strong faith, cooperation between the U.S. and Mali and an organized network of family and friends who cried "No Rest!" until Muna... Read More →
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Jeffery Morehouse

Executive Director, Bring Abducted Children Home (BACHOME)
In addition to being an award-winning filmmaker, Jeffery Morehouse, volunteers much of his time as Executive Director of Bring Abducted Children Home (BACHOME.org). Over the past four years he has participated in over 100 meetings on Capitol Hill on international parental child abduction... Read More →

Thursday May 11, 2017 4:45pm - 5:00pm EDT
U.S. Institute of Peace - Farooq Kathwari Amphitheatre 2301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037

8:30pm EDT

Rise Up! Music, Art and Action for Abducted Children
New this year!  

Unwind after Thursday's conference with live music, poetry and art at Busboys & Poets. Join parents, friends and special guests for an enjoyable evening of entertainment and egagement as we build a movement!

Randall Murphy: Shine The Light (vocals, guitar)

Randy Murphy’s children, Hannah and Ryan, were taken to Canada in 2012. They remain abducted. Randy is iStand co-founder. He composed an original song, “Shine the Light”.

Zameer: Artist/Activist

Featuring: "Na Rukenge" "We Won't Stop", Zameer is an activist/artist who recorded the original song with vocals by Left-Behind parent Nidhi Sharma.  It is our understanding that they will premiere this song at the event.

Stephan Said: Artist/Activist

Stephan is Noluenn’s dad. She is abducted to France. He recently traveled to several countries and recorded music with refugees. He will perform his original work. He has a docuseries, Borderless, filmed in refugee camps in several countries.

 Uriah Marcellus: Visual Artist

Uriah painted and donated “Come Together” for a door prize and will LIVE PAINT a piece while artists are performing. We will auction off his live paint at the end of the evening.

 Admission is covered for registered conference participants. Hors d'oeuvres.  Cash bar.  

Thursday May 11, 2017 8:30pm - 11:30pm EDT
Busboys & Poets 1025 5th Street NW Washington, DC 20001