1st and 2nd Year Graduate Art Therapy Students, along with Sue Wallingford, at the Transitions Symposium in Denver, September 29, 2012 (Photo by Erin Shannon)
What an incredible opportunity it was for representatives from NCAS-I to attend the Restoration Movement Symposium hosted by Transitions in Denver last weekend. We learned about the urgency in bringing awareness to the issue of sex-trafficking, both here in Colorado and globally. We learned that trauma-informed care is imperative when working toward rehabilitation and reintegration for survivors of sex-trafficking. What’s more, we know that quality restoration care takes time, is worth doing well, and cannot be done alone. Collaboration, a founding principle of NCAS-I, is key.
As we look to the future, we are very excited about the possibility of forging new partnerships with organizations in Cambodia, maintaining NCAS-I’s mission to actively engage with social justice organizations like Chab Dai, Transitions, and Polaris Project.
Moving forward, we find inspiration in James Pond’s words when asked, “How do you find hope with such difficult work?” The co-founder of Transitions responded, “It is the small successes that matter – when you actually have a girl reintegrate back into society without being re-trafficked, re-exploited or voluntarily engaging in prostitution.” Follow James and Athena Pond and The Restoration Movement here!
Thank you to Sgt. Daniel Steele, Tovah Means, Stacia Freeman, Katherine Chon, Helen Sworn, and James and Athena Pond!
P.S. We walked away from the Symposium with a wealth of knowledge and look forward to sharing more with you as we continue our journey! Thank you all for your support and please stay tuned!