Once again we are looking forward to attending and presenting at Reset Calgary’s Sexual Exploitation Training and Awareness Conference.
Together with Ottawa Victim Services, we are delivering a session titled:
Empowerment and the Importance of Language in Anti-Trafficking Work
In this session we will explore the language used to describe human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation and the importance of changing the dialogue to be empowering and strength based. The purpose of the workshop is to get participants thinking about the language they use to describe the trauma response when working with trafficked victims/survivors, as well as explore feminist principles and applying them to anti trafficking work. We often hear words in the media, and by workers, around rescuing and the importance in exiting trafficking but we seem to have lost touch with victim centered language that includes empowerment for this population. The workshop will challenge our typical rescuing behaviours/language and get everyone thinking about a more survivor/victim centered approach. We will look at clinical approaches to responding to the traumatized individual from a feminist lens and how we can incorporate this into anti trafficking work as well.
Melissa Heimerl BA, M.Ed, Executive Director of Ottawa Victim Services
Cynthia Bland, Founder & CEO of Voice Found