Survivor-Led Advocacy From the Intersections of Oppression

Event Date: 
Monday, November 13, 2017 -
3:00pm to 6:00pm
Event Location: 
Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry, Boston, MA

Boston GLASS, Victim Rights Law Center & The Center for Hope and Healing invite you to a timely conversation and training with author, activist, and nationally recognized expert on sexual violence Amita Swadhin.

Movements to end intimate partner violence have historically been segregated from the movements to end sexual violence and violence against children. Despite intentions to bring these movements together, most efforts to end sexual and domestic violence leave children and young people out of the conversation, strategies, and overall work. Engage with Amita Swadhin in a conversation and training for advocates for survivors to explore intersectional and anti-oppression approaches to ending sexual and intimate partner violence. From the trauma-to-prison pipeline to unpacking the cycles of vulnerability and harm experienced by survivors facing multiple forms of oppression,  let us build our collective wisdom on what it will take to more effectively challenge sexual and intimate partner violence in our communities. 

Proceeds go to support the work of Mirror Memoirs. Cost should not be a barrier to attending this event and free tickets are  available for those who cannot afford the sliding scale rate.

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Tickets available for $30 each.
Please note: Cost should not be a barrier to attending this event.
Free tickets are available for those who cannot afford the sliding scale.
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Many thanks to our sponsors!

Futures Without Violence UUUM Jane Doe Inc. Newton Wellesley Hospital

Amita Swadhin is an educator, storyteller, activist and consultant dedicated to fighting interpersonal and institutional violence against young people. Her commitments and approach to this work stem from her experiences as a genderqueer, femme queer woman of color, daughter of immigrants, and years of abuse by her parents, including eight years of rape by her father.

They are a frequent speaker at colleges, conferences and community organizations nationwide, and a consultant with over fifteen years of experience in nonprofits serving low-income, immigrant and LGBTQ youth of color in Los Angeles and New York City. Amita has been publicly out as a survivor of child sexual abuse since she interned at the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women in 1997.

In 2016, Amita received a two-year Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellowship, allowing them to work full-time to end child sexual abuse and to help survivors heal.

From March 2012 to September 2015, Amita was the Los Angeles Executive Director of Peer Health Exchange, a national nonprofit empowering teens to make healthy decisions. In the fall of 2015, they were the Interim Executive Director of API Equality-LA, whose mission is to build power in the Asian and Pacific Islander community to achieve LGBTQ equality and racial and social justice.

Prior to relocating to Los Angeles, Amita was the coordinator and a cast member of Secret Survivors, a theater project featuring child sexual abuse survivors telling their stories, which she conceived for Ping Chong & Co., an award-winning performance company in New York City.

Amita has held positions at Legal Momentum, Global Kids, Make the Road NY, Sadie Nash Leadership Project and Kingsborough Community College (CUNY), and served as the final Board Chair of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, a national organization advocating for and with LGBTQ youth.

Amita is also a published author. Their writing has been featured on The Feminist Wire and The Huffington Post, and in the anthologies Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence (AK Press, 2014) and Queering Sexual Violence (Magnus Books, 2016).

She holds a Master’s in Public Administration degree from New York University, where she was a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

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