2015 AJWS Policy Summit

May 11-13, 2015 - Washington, D.C.


Join AJWS on Capitol Hill

Join AJWS supporters from around the nation for a three-day conference in Washington, D.C. By building together and acting together, we will demand that our Senators and U.S. Representatives do everything in their power to end the epidemic of violence and hate against women, girls and LGBT people worldwide. We’ll lobby on Capitol Hill. We’ll hear from champions of women’s rights. We’ll receive training to make our activism more powerful at home. And we’ll build friendships with like-minded AJWS supporters from around the country.

May 11 to May 13, 2015

Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20001


Learn how to bring AJWS back to your community through strategic organizing to build support for the global justice movement.
Hear AJWS President Ruth Messinger speak about the importance of a Jewish voice for justice.
Go to Capitol Hill to lobby your Member of Congress.
Meet global justice advocates from across the country.
Become an effective advocate through ‘government 101’ trainings and lobbying role plays.
Hear from AJWS partners who are advancing human rights in the developing world.


Hotel Options

The AJWS Hotel Block for the Summit is now closed. Summit attendees without hotel rooms reserved should reserve their own rooms at the hotel of their choosing. We recommend their hotel be as close as possible to the Washington Court Hotel, which will be the location of all Summit programming.


Download the schedule here.

Transportation Options to Washington, D.C.

Suggested: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

Alternate airports (more limited ground transportation): Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Train: Amtrak to Washington Union Station (WAS).

Bus: Megabus, Bolt Bus (from NY and Boston); Greyhound.

Transportation at the Summit

Download information here.

Dress Code

Note: People will be taking photographs for social media and other public use throughout the Summit.

Dress for Washington Court Hotel events:
We encourage participants to wear business casual for our time at the Washington Court Hotel. Our Summit program will include guest speakers and opportunities to engage and learn together.

Dress for Capitol Hill meetings:
Advocates on Capitol Hill dress formally, so plan on wearing formal business attire for Wednesday’s meetings on the Hill. We encourage bringing comfortable shoes because your meeting schedule will likely include walking between the House and Senate sides.


Optional 2015 Pre-Reading

  • “Pass the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA).” Factsheet.
  • “As We Celebrate International Women’s Day, A Call to Action.” Op-ed.
  • “Confront Prejudice, Speak Out Against Violence, Secretary-General Says at Event on Ending Sanctions Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity.” Remarks.
  • “International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons.” Presidential memorandum.
  • “Tips for a Successful Meeting with Your Member of Congress.” Factsheet.
  • “How a Bill Becomes a Law.” Factsheet.
  Download the Pre-Reading PDF

Are You Ready for the AJWS Policy Summit? Take the Quiz!

What’s the name of AJWS’s current national issue campaign?

IVAWA, Do You?
Reverse Hunger
We BelieveGood, you’ve been paying attention! Many of you are already actively involved in the We Believe campaign, but do not forget to check out the pre-reading packet to make sure you’re fully prepared for the Policy Summit.

How many states will be represented at the Policy Summit?

13—a bar mitzvah’s worth
18—chai 18 states plus the District of Columbia (“taxation without representation” - sorry, D.C.). Make sure you look sharp for your fellow activists! The dress code for the Summit is business casual on Monday and business formal for Tuesday’s lobby day on Capitol Hill. Please bring your cocktail finest for Monday evening’s reception.
Who’s counting states? We’re all global citizens.

Where did the term “lobbying” come from?

Referred to people coming to the lobby of D.C.’s Willard Hotel to petition President Ulysses S. Grant while he enjoyed a scotch and cigar.
Referred to the lobby of Britain’s House of Commons, where the public would go to try to influence their members of parliament. B is technically the right answer, but not surprisingly, the Willard Hotel claims otherwise. The Policy Summit is taking place just steps away from Capitol Hill at the Washington Court Hotel. Check-in starts at 4pm; Summit registration opens at 5pm and the program will kick-off at 8pm. See you then!
Referred to the practice of citizens posting their petitions to the government on the walls of the lobby of the Roman Forum.

Support for AJWS and We Believe by Members of Congress

“We Believe is something that struck me when I first heard about it.”
—Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

“I can’t tell you how inspired I am by you and by what AJWS does.”
—Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL)

“No one should be targeted with such brutality because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
—Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY)

“What you’re doing is critical and I hope to get involved with it.”
—Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)

“This campaign is an answer to the demand for help.”
—Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI)


Help build the movement for Global Justice.

May 11 to May 13, 2015

Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Registration Information

Registration has closed.


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Download the schedule here.

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