Trauma-Informed Responses to Human Trafficking
Presented by: Dr. Rosemary Nagy, Associate Professor, Nipissing University and her research partners*
Date & Time: October 22, 2019 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME
Bio: Dr. Rosemary Nagy works in the area of human rights with a focus on transitional justice--responses to genocide, mass atrocity, and other human rights crimes. She has researched and published in the contexts of South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda and, more recently, she has studied the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which was established in response to Indian Residential Schools. Dr. Nagy is particularly interested in the relationship between gross violations of human rights and everyday, structural violence. Her current research flows from the study of residential schools; she examines the gendered legacies of colonialism and residential schools in the case of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. She is also Principal Investigator of SSHRC-funded research partnership between Nipissing University, Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing, the Union of Ontario Indians, and the AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area. The research group is mapping patterns of exploitation and community resilience with regard to sex trafficking in northeastern Ontario. Dr. Nagy has published in Law and Society, Third World Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Law and Society, and International Journal of Transitional Justice.
How Law and Stigma Harm Sex Workers: Panel Discussion
Presented by: Representatives from Butterfly, Maggie’s and Safe Space
Date & Time: November 19, 2019 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME
Description: In this webinar, presenters will explore how the stigma, marginalization and criminalization associated with sex work impacts sex workers’ health and personal safety.
Butterfly was formed by sex workers, social workers, legal and health professionals. It provides support to, and advocates for, the rights of Asian and migrant sex workers. The organization is founded upon the belief that sex workers are entitled to respect and basic human rights. Butterfly asserts that, regardless of their immigration status, Asian and migrant sex workers should be treated like all other workers.
Learn more: https://www.butterflysw.org
Maggie's: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project is an organization run for and by local sex workers. Our mission is to assist sex workers in our efforts to live and work with safety and dignity. We are founded on the belief that in order to improve our circumstances, sex workers must control our own lives and destinies.
Learn more: http://maggiestoronto.ca/about
SafeSpace is a volunteer run NFP support centre for sex workers, allies and women/non binary folks in crisis located 96 Rectory. Our model is one of empowerment with the goal of meeting women where they are at and helping sex workers operate with safety and dignity. We aim to make a real community that strives to raise the basic living conditions of its most vulnerable and exploited members. We are open Monday and Tuesday nights, 6:00 PM-11:00 OM and offer harm-reduction supplies, HIV & STI/STD educational resources, cosmetics, clothes, hygiene goods, first aid, food, coffee, tea and information about current services in London.
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/safespace.london/
Story Shifters: Co-creating New Stories about Trauma
Presented by: Barbara Ward, BA, MSW, RSW, PhD, Mental Health Lead, Waterloo Region District School Board
Date & Time: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME
Description: This webinar reviews 9 story shifters that can be used to assist those who have experienced childhood trauma to explore new alternative stories rooted in resilience, where alternate meanings and stories can be created that bring hope and forgiveness to the future.
This webinar presents from a perspective that is rooted in positive psychology, resilience and social construction in a manner that is easy to understand and relate to. Strategies that contribute to change are emphasized with concrete examples and stories.
Participants will learn:
- why our current view of childhood trauma needs to be shifted from one of wounded-ness to one that is resilience-based
- nine resilience based story shifters that can make a difference for someone who has experienced trauma
- how clinicians can use story shifters in counselling sessions
- the power of community members, helpers and mentors in shifting trauma stories, on an individual or collective basis.
Bio: Barbara Ward, BA, MSW, RSW, PhD is a leading expert in children’s mental health with 25 years’ experience in the field. Her training and knowledge of child and youth trauma encompasses family violence, abuse and neglect, complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and children’s mental health.
Barbara is currently the Mental Health Lead with the Waterloo Region District School Board, influencing the education system as it attends to student mental wellness. Barbara previously served as the Director of Services, as well as a manager and a clinician in the Child and Family Therapy Program in a large children’s mental health organization in the Waterloo Region.