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Why Colorblindness Does Not Work: Creating and Sustaining Culturally Competent Sexual Violence Programs and Supporting Diverse Populations, October 27, 1:00pm-2:30pm

The buzz word now for many who want it to be known that they are inclusive is "colorblindness." But does being colorblind impact survivors from diverse walks of life in a negative way? In this workshop, we will explore some of our own biases when work with people from all races and cultures in the anti-trafficking movement, as well as discuss the implications of not having culturally sensitive staff, policy, and procedure. We will ask hard questions, and have difficult conversations while we self-evaluate ourselves, and critically evaluate needs your own organizations might have when working with/for survivors. You will receive tools, including tips on cultural assessments and competency trainings, to take back to you communities to begin the process of changing systems to better support diverse victims. Do NOT be the problem, but together let us find the solution.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define historical trauma and how it impacts systemic racism
  • Use case study to discuss how colorblindness impact effective anti-trafficking programming
  • Identify tools and next steps that agencies and individuals can participate in to create more culturally fluent anti-trafficking programs

Approved by DCS for Foster Parent hours.

Presenter Bio:

Morgan Rumple is the Statewide SART Coordinator for Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking, Inc. She is the co-chair of the Southern Indiana Human Trafficking Coalition. She is also co-founder of the Student Advocates for Exploited and Trafficked Youth (S.A.F.E.T.Y). © She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies with a minor in Gender Studies from Hanover College. Previously, Morgan worked as an AmeriCorps member in New Orleans, working with those impacted by HIV/AIDS. She then served as a crisis counselor and family advocate for the Center for Women and Families in Southern Indiana and Kentucky.



Morgan Rumple