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Radical nonjudgment in survivor advocacy: harm reduction in practice
For a long time, anti-trafficking work focused on the sex trades has prioritized ending sex work and exit from the sex trades as the only solutions, without recognition of how this approach replicates carceral harms, puts survivors into greater contact with law enforcement, doesn't account for root causes of exploitation, and messages sexual shame and stigma.

What if we practiced radical nonjudgment? What if we set aside our own personal feelings about sex work and met the person in front of us where they are, without stigma, without shame, without projecting our expectations of what they need or want onto them?

This panel will address:
- What do we mean by "radical nonjudgment"?
- What is harm reduction? What is it not?
- How do we bring an intersectional lens to the practice of harm reduction?
- Why is a harm reduction approach essential when working with people in commercial sex across the spectrum of agency, including trafficking survivors?

Moderated by Chris Ash, this panel brings together experts with a wealth of experience: Emi Koyama, Chris Victoria, and Rose Kalemba.

ASL and Spanish interpretation provided.

Feb 20, 2023 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Emi Koyama
Emi Koyama is a multi-issue social justice activist and writer synthesizing feminist, Asian, survivor, dyke, queer, sex worker, intersex, genderqueer, and crip politics, as these factors, while not a complete descriptor of who she is, all impacted her life. Emi is putting the emi back in feminism at www.eminism.org.
Chris Victoria
Chris Victoria (they/them) is a Black Non-Binary activist with a passion for Black and Indigenous liberation. Radicalization through lived experience at the intersection of survival sex work, medical racism, and systemic oppression has fueled their passion for increased access to radical education and decriminalization of working class BIPOC LGBTQ+ communities. Their experience ranges from work in traditional non-profit spaces to grassroots organizing and large-scale mobilization of impacted populations. They are currently on the board of directors of SWOP USA.
Rose Kalemba
Rose Kalemba is an accessible holistic wellbeing advocate and writer. Her advocacy draws upon her diverse streams of lived experience and knowledge, with an approach that brings together research, science, ancestral wisdom, compassion and intuition, and Indigenous cultural practices. She is known to her community as a dedicated caregiver and organizer who provides support, resource, and referral for survivors of intimate, sexual, and family violence, as well as harm reduction outreach for marginalized populations. As an advocate and educator, she highlights individual and community-level approaches to violence prevention, and works to end all forms of exploitation. She has worked with a number of organizations as a consultant and collaborator, and has been trained on the healthcare practices for trauma survivors and Indigenous approaches to trauma healing. Her website is RoseKalemba.com.