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I take the pleasure inviting you for a digital video conference on Drug Abuse - Education, Prevention and Rehabilitation. Your presence would be welcome in discussing the toll that drugs are taking on children and adults alike.

U.S. Expert Panelist: Ms. Colleen Conway, Director of Non–Fiction and Alternative Programming at A&E Network (New York), and Executive Producer of "Intervention. “Intervention” is a powerful and gripping American TV series in which people confront their darkest demons and seek a route to redemption. The series profiles people whose dependence on drugs and alcohol or other compulsive behavior has brought them to a point of personal crisis and estranged them from their friends and loved ones.

Ms. Conway develops and oversees non-fiction series for A&E and Bio Channel. Representing AETN’s non–fiction programming family, Colleen is the Executive Producer of “Intervention” and Executive Producer in charge of day–to–day on “The First 48” (A&E) and Executive Producer of “I Survived…” (Bio). She is currently overseeing a handful of exciting new pilots and development projects that fit nicely into A&E's “Real Life” brand of programming: cutting–edge, critically–acclaimed, and raw.

Indian panel members
Rev. Fr. Joseph Hillary Pereira is the Founder and Managing Trustee of Kripa Foundation, the largest NGO working in the field of Rehabilitation of Chemical Dependency and HIV/AIDS with 49 facilities, in 11 states. Over the last 27 years he has revolutionized the entire concept of rehabilitation and in turn transformed the lives of thousands of individuals and their families. Rev. Fr. Joe Pereira has meticulously designed and implemented the Kripa Module of rehabilitation, which consists of a diverse set of principles, and addresses every dimension of the disease, such as physical, mental, spiritual, and psycho-social. He received several awards including the Padma Shree Award for 2009 in Social Work.

Eldred Tellis has been associated with the field of drug abuse prevention and treatment for the past 26 years. He worked as a counselor, trained in the TC methodology in Daytop and later became the Executive Director of a Rehabilitation Centre in Mumbai till 1991. With the problem of HIV/AIDS among Injecting Drug Users growing, Eldred moved into Harm Reduction and has been involved with Opioid Substitution herapy since 1999. Eldred is presently an Ashoka Fellow and the organization he founded in 1995, Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust, is the Red Ribbon Award winner for 2008 for providing community leadership among IDUs.

Contact
RSVP
Ashwati Bharadwaj
Tel No: 22624590 extn: 2253.
Please join us for refreshments from 6:00-6:30.

Venue
The American Center Auditorium
4, New Marine Lines
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.