Victim Rights Month Workshop: Empowerment, Engagement and Inclusion - The Center for Hope and Healing, Inc.
This workshop will be presented by Stephanie Bandoo and Adriana Castrillon Reyes from The Center for Hope and Healing, Inc.
The Center for Hope & Healing has been working to end sexual violence and sexual exploitation of youth and children in Greater Lowell for over forty years and their mission aims to engage and uplift the voices of disenfranchised members of the community, including marginalized youth. The improvement of culturally specific and trauma informed services, guided by youth, is a key objective of this workshop, highlighted in their Lowell Ending trafficking of Youth (LET Youth) programing.
This workshop presents an approach of youth engagement that uplifts the voices and lived experiences of marginalized youth and will:
1. Identify barriers to working with marginalized youth (i.e., youth of color, LGBQT youth, refugee and immigrant youth, youth with disability, and economically impoverished youth) vulnerable to sexual violence and commercial sexual exploitation.
2. Advance knowledge and expertise on youth inclusion, engagement, outreach, work with marginalized young people using a cultural, linguistic and survivor centered approach for comprehensive services.
3. Strengthen the awareness and skills on overarching practices and effective engagement of marginalized youth in violence prevention (i.e., commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), child sexual abuse (CSA)) programing through statewide and national resources.
If you have any questions or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact MOVA at MOVA@mass.gov.