In this presentation, BRAVO, or the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization will be speaking to us on the prevalence of human trafficking among the LGBTQ+ population and its probable causes. Participants will learn about the unique vulnerabilities facing LGBTQ+ youth and reasons why they do not readily identify as victims of human trafficking. This training will also identify ways in which agencies and organizations might better meet the needs of LGBTQ+ trafficking victims, as well as affirming and inclusive terminology to utilize when working with this community.
Carolyn Wilson, BA Ed. (she/her/hers), Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for BRAVO
Carolyn recently moved to Columbus after retiring from her 30-year career as a high school educator. She has been working with BRAVO for the past four years. Previously, Carolyn was an active member of the planning committee for Take Back the Night, Toledo, The Women of the World Symposium, and the Board of Directors for Equality Toledo. She has also served as a Lucas County CASA and is a member of the National Foster Parent Association, Committee on LGBQT Youth and Families. When not working, she spends time with her partner and dog, a certified emotional support animal.
Alexandra C. Anastasia, M.A. in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Outreaching and Training Specialist for BRAVO
Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Alex began working for the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) in New Jersey. In 2013 Alex moved to Columbus, OH to pursue a graduate degree, and received her M.A. from Ohio State in 2015. Prior to joining BRAVO, Alex was a Teaching Assistant in the Department of English at George Washington University in Washington, DC and an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexual Studies at Ohio State Marion. Alex brings to BRAVO a commitment to merge the theory of academic work with the practice of grassroots activism and community engagement.