The hidden public health epidemic of violence against children, including sexual abuse and exploitation, is one of the root causes of mental health and substance abuse problems later in life.

This conference will highlight the issue of violence and exploitation against minors and focus on practical strategies to raise awareness and understanding, prevention, identification and education to end violence against young people. Held in collaboration with World Childhood USA, the conference will provide opportunities for collaboration with the hopes of spurring practitioners, policy makers, governments, academia, civil society and the private sector to join forces and scale up investments in solutions that target the well-being of children.

Registration is complimentary, and CMEs/SWCEs are available.

Date & Location

Thursday, March 22

Complimentary breakfast 8 am, program 9 am – 5 pm, followed by a complimentary reception

Friday, March 23

Complimentary breakfast 8 am, program 9 am – 5 pm

Complimentary Registration


The conference is designed for social workers, child welfare and advocacy professionals, physicians, nurses, mental health and other medical professionals, attorneys, law enforcement, and educators. Community members are also welcome to attend.

Conference Agenda

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The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide Continuing Medical Education for physicians.

Credit Designation

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Workers

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Department of Social Work Services is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0079 and designates this live in-person educational activity for 6.5 continuing education contact hours for each conference day. Participants must attend an entire conference day and submit all required documents in order to earn the full amount of CEs for the conference day (i.e., complete sign-ins and survey). No partial CE can be given. Participants who attend both conference days and submit all required documents will receive 13.0 continuing education contact hours.

Verification of Attendance

Verification of attendance will be provided to all professionals.

Course Directors

Angela Diaz, MD, PhD, MPH – Director, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center

Joanna Rubinstein, DDS, PhD – President & CEO of World Childhood Foundation USA