Our first hybrid event

The convening is free, whether you join us in person in Houston or online. Intended participants are those committed to improving the safety and well-being of children, youth, and families in their communities and those who recognize the urgency of ending the harms done to Black, Indigenous, and Latine families by the family policing system.


2023 Convening Recap

There is a place for all of us to resist family policing and carcerality, through practice, policy, and language.

Keynote Conversation with Josie Duffy Rice & Alan Dettlaff

Josie Duffy Rice, journalist, writer, law school graduate, and podcast host will talk with Alan Dettlaff about his new book, “Confronting the Racist Legacy of the American Child Welfare System.”

2023 Convening Schedule

Our goal is to foster a deeper understanding of what it truly means to engage in abolition work on a daily basis.

Attend in Houston, TX


Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion 

MD Anderson Library, University of Houston

Use the staircase or elevator to the right within the main entrance, follow signs for the Honors College.



Hilton University of Houston 

4450 University Dr, Houston, TX 77204

Join our hotel block for a rate of $189 per night, for the nights of October 16-18. This hotel is on campus and a short walk of .2 miles from our event venue.  Rooms must be reserved by September 16 to receive our group rate. 

Book Your Room



Breakfast and a buffet lunch will be provided for attendees of the in-person event. Additional dining can be found nearby in the University of Houston Student Center food court and the Hilton Hotel’s restaurant. 



We recommend parking in the Welcome Center Garage. The day rate for parking is $20. Contact us if you will need a parking voucher to make the event financially accessible. 



Masks will be required available at this event. We also ask that you test for COVID-19 before arrival.


Attend Virtually

Livestreamed Events

All of our speaker sessions will be livestreamed so you can participate in the conversation wherever you attend.

Virtual Expo

Learn more about organizations and individuals doing the work across the country.

Support upEND Movement

Our events and resources will always be free and accessible to everyone thanks to our generous supporters! If you would like support travel stipends for impacted persons to attend the convening, you can donate to upEND online or contact us to learn more.



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