May 23, 2013

For Immediate Release
For more information, contact Don Feder at 508-405-1337 or or Larry Jacobs at The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society, 815-964-5819 or

Building A Culture of Life and A Civilization of Love Conference, World Congress of Families Regional Event in Trinidad, June 14-15

The Second World Congress of Families Caribbean Conference – “Building A Culture of Life and A Civilization of Love” – is scheduled for June 14-15 at The Learning Resource Centre, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad.  The conference is co-sponsored with the Elpis Centre, Trinidad and TrCARIFAM (Caribbean Centre for Family & Human Rights) as conference partners.

Rebekah Ali Gouveia, WCF Caribbean Coordinator and President of The Elpis Centre, announced the following distinguished speakers covering a broad range of the most pressing issues related to the family’s future.

  • Professor William Wagner – (President, Salt and Light Global) on “Parental Rights and Responsibilities”
  • Janice Shaw Crouse – (Beverly LaHaye Institute of Concerned Women for America) on “The Relevance of Marriage and Family In The 21st. Century”
  • Susan Roylance – (The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society) on “Using Family Capital to Achieve Millennium Development Goals”
  • Don Feder – (World Congress of Families Communications Director) on “The Sexual Revolution and Demographic Winter,” and “Hollywood And the Family”
  • Dr. Godfrey St. Bernard – (University of the West Indies) on “Demographic Reality In the Caribbean”
  • Dale O’Leary – (author and lecturer) on “The Gender Agenda”
  • Justin Murff – (Free Them Now) on “Sex Trafficking And The Abuse of Children”
  • Shelly Locke – (The Power of Mothers) on “The Importance of Mothering\.” There will also be a screening of her Motherhood documentary
  • Arnold Culbreath – (Life Issues Institute) on “The Sanctity of Life And Eugenics Agenda”
  • Nik Nikas – (Bioethics Defense Fund) on “Medical Ethics and ‘Reproductive Rights’”
  • Red and Patricia Zimmerman (Bruderhof Community) “Bringing The Generations Together”
  • Diane Medved Harper – (Gynecologic Prevention Research Group) “Risks & Benefits of Pap Screening and HPV Vaccine on Women’s Health”
  • Ruth A.M. Ross – (Advocates International) “How Laws Shape Cultural Attitudes Towards Marriage and the Family”
  • Brian S. Brown – (National Organization for Marriage) “Marriage – One Man One Woman”
  • Dr. Nanci Coppola – (Healthy Respect Program) “Brain Development in Adolescents and Sex Education”
  • Christopher Carmouche – (Grasstops USA) “Internet Lobbying and Activism”
  • Piero Tozzi (International Law Consultant) – “Human Rights & International Law”
  • Pastor Ed and Joanna Baird – (Bruderhof Communities) “Bringing the Generations Together”

Other local speakers include: Dr. Lennox Bernard (Member of the Senate of Trinidad and Tobago), Rev. Bertril Baird (Senior Minister  & International Consultant) Adrian Alexander (Caribbean Umbrella for Restorative Justice), Pauline McCarthy (Billings Ovulation Method Association of Trinidad and Tobago), Tonia Leacock-Gooding(Caribbean Institute for Family Development) and Rebekah T. Ali-Gouveia (WCF Caribbean Coordinator)

Leadership training will be provided by Miguel Moreno of the Washington, D.C. Leadership Institute. The conference will also feature a series of workshops, including “Sex Education and the Family” and “International Law, Human Rights and Religious Freedom”

Registration for the two-day conference is $400 TT ($65US) until May 31st and thereafter $600.00 TT ($94US).

Last year, Mrs. Ali-Gouveia and her team organized WCF’s First Caribbean Conference, “Stabilizing Our Future; the Caribbean Conference on Life and Family Values,” also in Port of Spain, April 27-28, 2012.  More than 200 participated in the conference, which was addressed by 16 local and international speakers.

World Congress of Families Managing Director Larry Jacobs said: “Rebekah did an outstanding job last year in putting together the first Caribbean pro-family and pro-life conference to defend the natural family.  Building on that success, we expect this year’s event to make a significant contribution toward strengthening the natural family in Trinidad, and throughout the Caribbean, and combating the ‘gender lobby’ and other forces of social disintegration.”

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World Congress of Families VII (May 15-18) just concluded in Sydney Australia.  World Congress of Families VIII is scheduled for Moscow, the Kremlin, September 10-12, 2014.