Yuri Morita to Present at 2016 International CAP Conference
Yuri Morita, an internationally renowned author and human rights activist, will be presenting at the International CAP Conference at Caesar’s in Atlantic City on April 14th, 2016.
Ms. Morita is one of the founders of CAP in Japan, which now has over 2500 CAP Specialists (program facilitators) and over 130 CAP projects in two regional training center located in Nishinomiya City in Hyogo, and Sapporo City in Hokkaido . To date CAP has reached 5.6 million Japanese children, parents and school staff and 160 residential centers which house neglected and maltreated children and adolescents.
The Japanese CAP projects recently celebrated 20 years of CAP services to the schools and families of their nation. The newest CAP group started in the city of Yamada, which was devastated by earthquake and tsunami 2011. This disaster took the lives of 10% of the population of Yamada. UNICEF and J-CAPTA(Northern Japan CAP Training Center) helped the people of Yamada to start a new CAP project. Many of the CAP Specialists lost family members, friends, houses, their livelihood and belongings. In the words of Ms. Morita, “Starting CAP gave them strength from their agony and apathy. It is an extraordinary story. Safe, strong, free is the hope from the devastation “
Ms. Morita will be sharing at the ICAP Conference, the people of Yamada’s story of devastation and how CAP made the difference in their recovery.
Ms. Morita is the founder and Director of the “Empowerment Center”, which provides training and workshops on human rights, diversity, child abuse and domestic violence. She has received the Sankei Award of Children’s Culture and the 4th Asahi Non-Fiction Grand Award for her writings as well as for her development of child and family focused programs in Japan such as the “MY TREE Parents Program”, “Aloha Kids Yoga™ & Aloha Healing Yoga.”
A former professor of the Graduate School of Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Ms Morita has received the 57the Japan Public Health Award and also the Soroptimist Japan Regional Award and has published more than 25 books on the topics of empowerment, diversity, child abuse, non-violence and Native Americans.