Transforming trauma as preventative strategy
In addition to offering classes and programs in Tucson, Equinimity lends its expertise to different organizations within the community and around the world. Equinimity's Founder, Barbara Collier, recently participated in the panel, "Transforming trauma as preventative strategy: Trauma-informed approaches to nurturing resilience against organised crime in at-risk youth" at the 24-Hour Conference on Global Organized Crime. This conference was hosted by the Center for Information and Research on Organized Crime (CIROC) and the panel was in partnership with MathMoms.
ABOUT THE DISCUSSION
Using the work of MathMoms as a starting point, the discussion centered on the nexus between individual and community trauma, violence, and organized crime, focusing on ways to build resilience against organized crime in communities and at-risk youth. In communities traumatized by violence and where there are few economic opportunities, gangs seem to offer the only spaces to find belonging and purpose. Through a trauma-informed approach to education, safe spaces of learning can be created for learners where they can transform their trauma, discover a sense of belonging, and awaken a sense of purpose. Addressing trauma can be the first step towards breaking cycles of violence and preventing youth from becoming involved in organized crime.
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