AIA Conferences

Home | Blog | AIA Conferences | 2012 | Presenter Spotlight – Tonier Cain

Presenter Spotlight – Tonier Cain

Over the next several weeks, our blog will acquaint you with several keynote speakers from our forthcoming conference, Strengthening Connections between parents and children affected by substance abuse, HIV and trauma! This week, we’re highlighting our closing plenary speaker, Tonier Cain.

From Ms. Cain’s website,

For two decades, Tonier Cain hustled on the streets of Annapolis, Maryland, desperately feeding an insatiable crack addiction and racking up 83 arrests along the way. Rapes and beatings were a routine part of life; home was underneath a bridge or inside the locked cage of a prison. In 2004, pregnant and incarcerated for violation of parole, she was provided the opportunity to go to a community trauma, mental health and addictions program.

Feeling safe for the first time in her life, Neen confronted the haunting childhood memories that she tried to numb with drugs: filth and chronic hunger, sexual assaults by neighborhood men, routine physical and mental abuse dished out by her drunken mother. Realizing for the first time that she had been a victim, she began to heal and reclaim power over her life, embarking on a remarkable “upward spiral,” that has no limit. Today, she works for the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care, dedicating her life to being a voice for those still lost and still silent.

Watch the trailer from Ms. Cain’s documentary, Healing Neen:

Visit for more information.

You still have an opportunity to hear from Tonier Cain at Strengthening Connections in Austin, September 10-12, 2012. Visit to register today!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *