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Date: Thursday, June 27th 

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm (CST) 

This presentation will cover human trafficking, generally, in the LGBTQ communities, and specifically in LGBTQ Latinx communities. Authored and presented by members of the Gender, Sexual and Romantic Minorities (GSRM) working at the National Human Trafficking Hotline, operated by Polaris. Polaris is a leading NGO in the anti-trafficking field, and the National Human Trafficking Hotline is one of the main sources for human trafficking data.

During the webinar, participants will:

  • Learn the basics of human trafficking
  • Learn about human trafficking in the LGBTQ Latinx communities by the numbers
  • Learn about qualitative aspects of human trafficking in the LGBTQ Latinx communities through case studies

Presenters:

Monica Short, Senior Hotline Advocate, Polaris - National Human Trafficking Hotline

Monica is a Senior Hotline Advocate at the National Human Trafficking Hotline and co-coordinator of the GSRM (Gender, Sexual and Romantic Minorities) working group. She earned her MS in Women's and Gender Studies with a concentration in health and sexuality from Towson University, and her BA in International Leadership Studies and Psychology from Marietta College. Previously Monica completed a graduate internship with the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with High Rocks Academy working to empower youth in Appalachia.

Lynnsey O'Rourke, Hotline Supervisor, Polaris - National Human Trafficking Hotline

Lynnsey O’Rourke is a Hotline Supervisor at the National Human Trafficking Hotline. She has worked for Polaris since January 2017. Her prior work experience focuses on refugee and asylee resettlement in the United States. In 2016, she graduated from American University with a degree in International Studies with a concentration in Justice, Human Rights, and Ethics.

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Date: Thursday, August 15th 

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm (CST) 

This webinar will teach you basics on working with LGBTQ++ survivors of color and how to make your organization welcoming and supporting for them. We will review broad concepts as well as specific policy and practice changes.

During the webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the differences between gender, sexual orientation, and sex.
  • Begin to understand the impact of privilege & oppression on LGBTQ++ survivor's safety and access to services.
  • Understand what survivor leadership is and how your organization can begin to nourish it in your organization
  • Identify strengths and places of growth when working with LGBTQ++ survivors of color
  • Understand what policies and procedures can hinder the experiences of LGBTQ++ survivors of color in your organization

Presenters:

Damian Lima, Community Organizer, Health Advocater, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center

Damián Lima is an advocate for the health and rights of Transgender, queer, and immigrant people. He graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor's degree in Women's and Gender Studies. His passion for LGBTQ and health issues has led him to work in various paid and unpaid roles including Co-Chair of the Bayard Rusting Breakfast Committee, co-organizer of the second Gender Reel Film Festival in Boston, as well as numerous community building events. In 2015 he received the Network/La Red's Community Luminary Award, and in 2016 was recognized by Fenway Health for his contributions to the improvement of Transgender healthcare. He also worked as part of The Leadership Crew, a collaboration between agencies serving LGBT POC to build leadership skills among survivors of partner abuse. He currently is the coordinator of the Health Promotion Center at SJPHC and serves on the Health Equity Advisory Committee for the Boston Public Health Commission.

Vilma Uribe, Survivor Advocate, Prevention, Advocacy & Resource Center at Brandeis University

Vilma is a Texas native, who attended Oberlin College. For the past seven years, she has been advocating for survivors of domestic and sexual violence across Massachusetts. She currently serves on the MA Governor’s Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence and the LGBTQIA Domestic Violence Coalition. In her free time, you can find her planning brunches with Dinosaur (her cat).

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