Building Transformative Responses to Violence

by Mia Mingus

Mia Mingus

Mia Mingus is a writer, community educator and organizer working for disability justice and transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse. She identifies as a queer physically disabled Korean woman transracial and transnational adoptee, born in Korea, raised in the Caribbean, nurtured in the U.S. South, and now living on the west coast.  She works for community, interdependency and home for all of us, not just some of us, and longs for a world where disabled children can live free of violence, with dignity and love.  As her work for liberation evolves and deepens, her roots remain firmly planted in ending sexual violence.

Mia is a core-member of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (BATJC), a local collective working to build and support transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse that do not rely on the state (i.e. police, prisons, the criminal legal system).  She believes in prison abolition and urges all activists to critically and creatively think beyond the non-profit industrial complex.  Her work on disability justice has been cited and used in numerous texts and events around the world.

Mia was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change, an honor bestowed on Americans doing exemplary things to uplift their communities. Along with 14 other women, Mia was recognized as an Asian and Pacific Islander women’s Champion of Change in observance of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  Mia was a 2005 New Voices Fellow,  was named one of the Advocate’s 40 Under 40 in 2010, one of the 30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30 in 2009 by Angry Asian Man, one of Campus Pride’s Top 25 LGBT Favorite speakers for their 2009, 2010 and 2011 HOT LIST, and was listed in Go Magazine’s 2013 100 Women We Love.  Mia was honored with the 2008 Creating Change Award (below) by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and a community activist award for her “dedication and steadfast activism” in 2007 by ZAMI in Atlanta, GA.

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center

Building Transformative Responses to Violence

This lecture will introduce the concept and framework of transformative justice. Transformative justice works to respond to violence in ways that do not cause more harm and violence, while also working to create the kind of conditions that will prevent future acts of violence. It came out of oppressed communities and is essential in our intersectional work to end oppression. What would it take to respond to violence in our communities without relying on state systems? How can we work for prevention and response, individual and collective justice, and individual and systemic transformation in our responses to violence? And even better--how do we actively work to create a world filled with all the things we know prevent sexual violence: healing, accountability, connection, consent, safety, community? What would it mean to build a world where sexual violence doesn't exist? Transformative justice requires us to re-think our work to respond to violence and offers an inspiring and compelling vision of what’s possible.


Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Living Bridges: Transformative Justice Workshop and Dialogue Session

This session provides a space to continue the dialogue about transformative justice and how we can begin to integrate it into our work and lives. We will build off of the campus wide talk, "Building Transformative Responses to Violence," look at examples of community responses to violence, and have a chance to delve deeper into the wide landscape of transformative justice and community responses to violence.  


Mia Mingus at GVSU in 2011

Re-envisioning the Revolutionary Body

Mia Mingus at GVSU 

Change U Session

Mia Mingus at Change U 




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