Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation's annual cocktail reception is a celebration of our work improving laws, educating allies, and championing survivors of sexual exploitation in Chicago. It's also a time to recognize changemakers in the movement. This year, we will be honoring Karla Altmayer & Sheerine Alemzadeh of Healing to Action.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Reception 5:30pm - 8:30pm | Program 6:30pm

Skadden Arps

155 N. Wacker Drive | 28th Floor Conference Center
Chicago, Illinois 60606   

Hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and signature cocktails will be served.

Look forward to hearing from our distinguished honorees: Karla Altmayer and Sheerine Alemzadeh. They co-founded and co-direct Healing to Action which supports worker leaders in developing meaningful responses to gender violence in their communities. We also have an exciting raffle in store to cap off the evening!

Interpretation will be provided from English to Spanish. Please indicate if you would like this accommodation on the ticket page.

Skaddan Arps is an accessible, ADA compliant venue. Please contact if you have any accessibility questions.


NOTE: Ticket sales for this event have closed as of 2:00PM CDT, 10/18/18. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please email Eleanor at If you would like to sponsor a survivor or donate towards the event, please visit our donation page

Early Bird Tickets
General Admission (over 35) $125
Young Professionals (35 and under) $50

Regular Tickets after August 31st
General Admission (over 35) $150
Young Professionals (35 and under) $75

Sponsor a Survivor's Ticket
Make an optional donation to support the cost of a survivor's attendance.

*Special ticket pricing available for survivors and/or CAASE clients (current or former). Please contact Eleanor at for more information or with any questions.

About the Honorees

Karla Altmayer, Co-founder and Co-director of Healing to Action

Raised on Chicago’s South Side by a single mother from Mexico, Karla is driven by her family’s experience with poverty, violence, and incarceration to fight with survivors, and uses her legal expertise to organize and lift the voices of survivors to lead the labor and anti-violence movements. Karla is a national expert on workplace sexual violence and trauma-informed community building.

Sheerine Alemzadeh, Co-founder and Co-director of Healing to Action

The proud daughter of Iranian immigrants, Sheerine works to transform responses to gender violence in marginalized communities as an activist, litigator, thought leader, and organizer. Her career has focused on building bridges between social movements, applying intersectional approaches to human rights activism, and promoting shared leadership as a path to sustained social progress.

About the Performer

Cherlnell Lane, Author, Poet, and Teacher

Cherlnell uses words to create incredible worlds and stories that change the minds of those around her. Dealing with topics most people won’t dare mention, she utilizes her life experiences and survivorship to reach people. Her poetry has storytelling woven throughout and covers a multitude of topics and styles. Cherlnell started "Writing Through It" workshops where people can reveal, deal, and heal from negative emotions and commemorate and celebrate positive ones. Find out more information on her website.



About the Speaker

Adam Swanson, Prevention Specialist

Adam Swanson supports state governments and university systems as the senior prevention specialist at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Previously, he worked to advance anti-bullying legislation and HIV/AIDS reforms for former U.S. Senator Al Franken. Adam was a public policy fellow at Mental Health America and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation Student Awardee in the LGBT Health Practice & Policy Program at George Washington University. He is a 2018 Lambda Literary Fellow and member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s Consumer-Survivor Advisory Committee.

 About the Emcee

Caleb Probst, Educator, Artist, and Activist

Caleb joined the CAASE team in 2007, assisting with the Deconstructing the Demand study of purchasers in Chicago, and served as the education manager for the organization from 2008-2018. Caleb is now pursuing his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin, where is studying the intersection of theatre and social-emotional education. His research will focus on ways role play can be used in violence prevention education.



Help Make Celebrating Activism a Success

Sponsor a survivor
We want to celebrate and honor the amazing work of survivor leaders in our community- visit the ticket page to see how you can donate towards a survivor ticket.

Join the event host committee
Help make Celebrating Activism a success by inviting friends and securing sponsorships. Contact for more information about host committee membership.

Become a sponsor
CAASE welcomes corporate sponsors for all events. Contact for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

Many Thanks to Our Host Committee & Sponsors

Host Committee (in formation)

Ross Neihaus (co-chair) | Francesca Schuler (co-chair) | Xenia Chiu 

Gail Lee | Judith Gold Kaethe Morris Hoffer Amy Kohn | Reena Panchal

Ross Blumenfeld Aditi Mishra  |  Kellie Snyder

Presenting Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors


Pewter Sponsors

Event signature cocktails provided by Tito's Handmade Vodka: