Survivorship is pleased to announce the Webinar schedule for the first four months of the year. Three of the presenters gave Webinars in 2010 and they were wonderful. The OwlClan spoke on “Understanding Nazi Influence in Ritual Abuse,” Dr Miller on “Self-injury, Flashbacks, and Flooding as Programmed Responses, and How to Deal with Them,” and Staci Sprout on “Beyond Sexual Abuse/Exploitation, Sexual Programming, Sexual Addiction/Avoidance: A Path to Empowerment.” Trish Fotheringham promises to be equally wonderful as she talks to us about working with many different kinds of inner structures.
We have included a registration form at the end of this letter which you can fill out and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Full fee for a Webinar is $50.00, but pay what you can and come even if you can’t afford anything.
General information is found at http://www.survivorship.org/webinars.html If you register, be sure and indicate which one you are referring to.
Here is a description of each of the three Webinars:
Saturday, January 22
noon Pacific Time
Isadora of the OwlClan
“Connecting the Brain: Information and Exercises for Healing.”
Some kinds of trauma and programming have caused survivors to have difficulty thinking with the right and left sides of their brains at the same time. Steps to healing involve first understanding what parts of the brain usually do what jobs and then finding activities that help the brain heal damaged pathways. We will focus on some simple exercises in movement, drawing, and music that can assist survivors in their healing journeys.
Isadora of the OwlClan is a member of a multiple system that has survived ritual abuse and child pornography. The OwlClan is currently working on their master’s degree in psychology. The OwlClan has also been using dance and bodywork for over ten years as a part of their own healing.
Saturday, February 19
noon Pacific Time
Alison Miller, Ph.D.
“Safety for Ritual Abuse and Mind Control Survivors.”
It is important for survivors to know whether or not they are presently safe from abusers. This Weimar will look at determining how safe you are, recognizing and understanding access programming (including reporting on disclosures), and maintaining or regaining physical safety. The BIG LIE that abusers know everything you do and say will be called into question.
Alison Miller is a psychologist licensed in British Columbia, Canada. She has been working with ritual abuse and mind control survivors since 1991. She is also an expert in parenting. This year, she is presenting a workshop at The International Society for Trauma and Dissociation on ”The Basics of Therapy with Clients Reporting Histories of Ritual Abuse or Mind Control” and participating in a panel on ”Torture-based Mind Control: Psychological Mechanisms of Installation and Continued Control.”
Saturday, March 26
noon Pacific Time
“Inner Structures – Settle in and Get Comfortable.”
Trish was born into a female-only matriarchal healing cult and an ancient patriarchal family clan who were connected to a variety of organized crime groups, including a group of wealthy political elite and their child pornography rings and child sex slave trafficking network. She is a 50-year-old Canadian Survivor of extreme abuse and trauma that included MKUltra-style ritual abuse, torture, mind control, and experimentation.
Trish will share some of the ways she handled her many different implanted Inner structures and tell how she, as an adult, intentionally self-created more structures that served healing purposes. The Webinar will be designed for dialog and interaction rather than as a lecture.
Saturday, April 9
noon Pacific Time
Staci Sprout, LICSW, CSAT
“Authentic Sexuality after Extreme Sexual Abuse: Part II: Tools You Can Use.”
This Webinar follows up what was begun in the December Webinar. (If you were not there I recommend reviewing it on the Survivorship Website). We will take the concepts of sexual addiction/anorexia in the context of surviving extreme trauma to the next practical level: how to assess your current sexual health today, how to organize daily nurturing tasks to improve sexual self-esteem, what is the role of making love with yourself/masturbation, and what are your visions for a healthy tomorrow? We will discuss sexuality in both general and specific terms.
Staci Sprout works as an individual group psychotherapist at Sexual Recovery Services in Washington state. (See www.sexualrecoveryservices.com for more information.). She is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT). She is also a survivor of extreme trauma and will share “what’s worked” along her personal journey of recovery as part of the presentation. Caution will be taken to promote safety by not using explicit language or stories, though content at times may be triggering for survivors.
Registration closes the Thursday evening before the Webinar. To reserve a space in the Webinar, e-mail at email@example.com and give her this information:
1. Your name
2. The Webinar(s) you wish to attend
3. Amount and method of payment (PayPal, check) You may use PayPal for partial scholarships. PayPal buttons are at http://www.survivorship.org/webinars.html
4. Your preferred e-mail address (so we can send you instructions and an invitation containing the password)
5. The name you will be using for the Webinar
If you are paying by check or money order, send payment to:
Family Justice Center, 470 27th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Whether you are an old-timer or new to Webinars, we hope you will join us. You will find that they are technically easy, an invaluable source of information, and a way to connect to other survivors and feel a sense of community.
Global Human Trafficking Out of the Shadows
Global Human Trafficking – Testimony
Luis CdeBaca – Ambassador-at-Large, Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Statement Before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Washington, DC
September 30, 2010
As we all know, modern slavery comes in many forms. People are held in involuntary servitude in factories, farms, and homes; bought and sold in prostitution; and captured to serve as child soldiers. This is a crime that impairs human rights, degrades public health, corrupts government officials, and weakens rule of law. Modern slavery is a fluid phenomenon that responds to market demand and operates in zones of impunity that are created by vulnerabilities in laws, weak penalties, natural disasters, and economic instability. It is a crime that is not limited to one gender, faith, or geographic area but impacts individuals and societies across the globe. And the universality of this crime is reflected in the bipartisan consensus around this issue.
This is not a new crime. What is new is our ability to recognize it, and our determination to wage a sustained fight against it. Since the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 a decade ago, we have seen both appreciable progress and new trends. For instance, we have come to understand that men comprise a significant number of trafficking victims. Yet, we have also seen the feminization of modern slavery, with women making up a majority of those trapped in commercial sex as well as in forced labor situations….
One hundred and forty countries have become parties to the Palermo Protocol and 116 countries have enacted legislation prohibiting all forms of trafficking in persons. In the last year alone, 33 countries have enacted or updated anti-trafficking legislation. As a result, there has been a global increase in rescues and perpetrators brought to justice, with convictions for sex and labor trafficking up from 2,983 in 2008 to 4,166 in 2009 with labor trafficking convictions increasing significantly. New analysis of victim identification data also shows a 59 percent increase over the 30,961 victims indentified in 2008. http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/rm/2010/148469.htm