We are delighted to announce our day one keynote speaker for the 2021 NC Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Summit — alicia sanchez gill!
alicia sanchez gill is a queer, Afrolatinx survivor and advocate with nearly twenty years of experience in intersectional anti-violence and harm-reduction work with organizations and collectives that center survivors who have often been left out of mainstream anti-violence movements.
The belief that we will never end interpersonal and state gendered violence if we don’t end the carceral state is central to her approach. After years of working in mainstream domestic violence and sexual assault organizations, alicia helped create DC’s first queer and trans people of color-led Transformative Justice incubator for survivors of gendered violence. Her writing has been published and referenced in national media, academic journals, and a variety of digital outlets. alicia holds a masters of social work but other survivors have been her best teachers.
Keynote title: A Mandate for Survivor Safety: Visions for the Future of Sexual Assault Advocacy and Prevention
Description: This keynote will explore the historical and contemporary relationship between prison abolition and the movement to end all forms of sexual violence. Survivors and advocates have long been told that the only way to keep us safe is through policing and prisons but increased investment in criminality has often come at the expense of marginalized survivors, their needs and their communities. This keynote will explore the history of the anti-violence movement as well as current anti-carceral approaches to ending sexual violence.