ACSOL Conference 2018

Together We Can

Show Up, Stand Up, Speak Up!

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More than 170 people required to register, their loved ones and supporters from 14 states attended the second annual ACSOL conference in Los Angeles on June 15 and June 16. The conference included four plenary speakers as well as 12 workshops.

“We shared information, energy and support during the conference,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “We also provided essential tools for daily living to people required to register as well as their loved ones.”

After a warm welcome from ACSOL President Chance Oberstein, plenary speaker Laurie Jo Reynolds opened the conference with a unique message — the need to effectively frame the important messages we have to deliver to the public, to elected officials and to judges. Plenary speaker Bill Dobbs later spoke about the fact that it may take many years to succeed at restoring the civil rights of people required to register and compared our movement to the gay rights movement of past decades. Plenary speaker Ira Ellman spoke about the importance of busting myths about re-offense rates such as those used by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 2003 decision stating the requirement to register is not punishment. The final plenary speaker, Catherine Carpenter, focused upon recent progress made in state supreme courts and federal circuit courts of appeal that have declared that the requirement to register constitutes punishment and therefore new laws cannot be applied retroactively.

The conference offered a wide variety of workshops such as Employment Opportunities, LGBTQ Issues, Domestic & International Travel, Registrant Success Stories as well as California’s new Tiered Registry. The conference also included a workshop devoted to Effective Advocacy during which attendees were encouraged to join ACSOL in Sacramento in early 2019 to improve the Tiered Registry law which would require anyone convicted of a felony child pornography offense to register for a lifetime.

During the final plenary session, ACSOL announced that it will join Women Against Registry on September 10 and September 11, 2019, in Washington, D.C., in order to educate federal elected officials and policy makers.

“The year 2019 promises to be full of opportunities to Show Up, Stand Up and Speak Up,” stated Bellucci. “We urge people required to register, their loved ones and supporters to make plans to lobby in Sacramento in February, to attend the ACSOL conference in Los Angeles in June and to participate in the education of federal lawmakers in Washington, D.C., in September.”

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We are pleased to announce ACSOL’s 2nd annual conference

Together We Can! Show up, Stand up, Speak up!

for registrants, family members and supporters on June 15 and 16 in Los Angeles.

Change starts with knowledge, knowledge turns into power, and power impacts our world. Together we can drive change, in our families, in our communities, as well as in our local, state and Federal governments.

Some of the breakout sessions for registrants, family members and supporters will discuss:

  • CP Issues: Those convicted of offenses involving child pornography face a variety of challenges, which will be discussed in this panel of registrants, family members, and counselors.
  • Domestic & International Travel: How to stay in compliance when traveling in the U.S. or abroad.
  • Effective Advocacy: In order to become an effective advocate in your State Capitol or City Council meeting, there are important lessons to be learned.
  • Employment Opportunities: Registrants face unique challenges when seeking employment or starting any business.
  • Family Resources: Issues pertaining to finding housing and employment with registrants and their families
  • How to cope: Support for the emotional issues that challenge registrants and family members can be found in a program based upon 12-Step principles.
  • LGBTQ Issues: The disproportionate number of registrants that identify as LGBTQ and how being on the registry affects them.
  • Prison Issues: Current lawsuits and issues pertaining to inmates (including Prop 57), and how to avoid visiting room sabotage.
  • Registrant Challenges: Registrants and family members encounter difficulties on a daily basis, including but not limited to shame and vigilante violence.
  • Registrant Success Stories: Despite the challenges, there are registrants who have found a path to success and are willing to share their story with others.
  • Residency Restrictions: Housing policies including residency restrictions limit where a registrant and family may live.
  • Tiered Registry: What happens next - discussing the current law as well as plans to revise it in 2019.
  • Women Against Registry: A Moment of Darkness? Grab Hold, Stay With Us - Hope is on the Horizon! Hundreds of times in talking with registrants and families the desperation and darkness rises to the surface even in my family. The culmination of an eye for an eye, moral revenge, fundamental fairness? Brighter days are ahead for all of us. Doubtful? Fair enough. Come to the WAR session.
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It’s the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

Andrew Carnegie



We had a sold-out conference in 2017 as well as a great response to our speakers. Due to their high approval, we have asked the following speakers to return:

… in addition to these new speakers (more to follow):

Please keep watching here for more news about this year’s Featured Speakers!


 Friday, June 15Saturday, June 16
9 a.mWelcomeWelcome
9:15 a.m.Plenary speaker Laurie Jo ReynoldsPlenary speaker Catherine Carpenter
10:15 a.m.BreakBreak
10:30 a.m.Tiered Registry
Employment Opportunities
How to Cope
Registrant Challenges
Tiered Registry
Employment Opportunities
How to Cope
Registrant Challenges
1:15 p.m.Plenary speaker Bill DobbsPlenary speaker Ira Ellman
2:15 p.m.BreakBreak
2:30 p.m.CP Issues
Registrant Success Stories
Residency Restrictions
Prison Issues
Women Against Registry
CP Issues
Registrant Success Stories
Residency Restrictions
Prison Issue
3:45 p.m.BreakBreak
4 p.m.Family Challenges
Effective Advocacy
LGBTQ Issues
Domestic & International Travel
Family Challenges
Effective Advocacy
LGBTQ Issues
Domestic & International Travel


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