Adult Workshop: Creating Grassroots MMIR Work in Colorado

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Presenters' Bios:

Kelsey Lansing (She, Her, Hers) joined Sexual Assault Services Organization (SASO), as a hotline and prevention education volunteer in 2015. She is a member of the Navajo tribe from the Near the Water clan and is born for the Salt clan. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Native American & Indigenous Studies with a focused interest in Socio-Anthropology. Her passions include research on historical trauma, Indigenous feminism, and learning the traditions of cultures.

Gina Lopez (She, Her, Hers) joined Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA), in October 2018. She is a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Towaoc, Colorado and had been the Program Coordinator for the Tribe’s first-ever tribal comprehensive victim services from late 2015 to 2018. She is also the co-chair of NAUHZCASA (Navajo, Apache, Ute, Hopi, Zuni Coalition Against Sexual Assault). Gina completed her high school education at Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, California, a residential boarding school for Native American high school students from across Indian Country. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice/Criminology from Metro State University.

Workshop Description 

 The MMIR Workshop will discuss the roots of missing and murdered Indigenous/Native relatives by identifying impacts of colonization and then an MMIW/P overview that will journey through the beginning pathways, current national efforts, taskforces and Tribal efforts. The workshop will wrap up with current work to create a Missing & Murdered Indigenous Relatives of CO taskforce and current state bill.


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