Moderator: Jessica Emerson
Panelists: Blair Franklin, Ingrid Löfgren, Leigh Goodmark, Caryn York, & Deepa Bipuria
In 1982, writer, poet, activist and womanist Audre Lorde wrote, “There is no such thing as single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” This perspective is essential in the anti-trafficking field, where the lives of its victims are shaped by racial and gender inequality, LGBTQ+ discrimination, intimate partner violence, poverty, housing instability, and immigration status, among numerous other societal challenges.In fact, these individuals are often impacted by several different forms of oppression throughout the course of their lives, and often at the same time. In order to build a more cohesive and effective anti-trafficking movement, we must consider how dismissing or failing to recognize these overlaps impacts the experiences that survivors have with the legal system, service providers, and others. An intersectional approach to anti-trafficking work, however, celebrates the diverse lived experiences of survivors and reminds us of the need to challenge the systems that make all marginalized communities vulnerable to trafficking.
- Gain a basic understanding of the theory of intersectionality and how this applies to the anti-trafficking field.
- Reflect on the consequences of failing to integrate an intersectional perspective in anti-trafficking work.
- Consider how human trafficking intersects with various other fields, including homelessness and interpersonal violence prevention, LGBTQ advocacy, immigration, and criminal justice reform.
- Think critically about how to better apply an intersectional perspective in your own anti-trafficking work.