“And that visibility which makes us most vulnerable… is also the source of our greatest strength” -Audre Lorde
Mia Mingus is a writer and organizer working for disability justice and transformative justice to end child sexual abuse. She identifies as a queer physically disabled korean woman transracial and transnational adoptee, raised in the Caribbean, nurtured in the 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 Collaborative (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 is currently traveling giving speeches, workshops and trainings to support her writing and work with the BATJC.
Over the years, her work has included: community building, reproductive justice, queer liberation, cross-movement building, feminism, transracial and transnational adoption, radical women of color, racial justice, disability justice, transformative justice, community responses to child sexual abuse, challenging privilege and dismantling oppression. She also has a passion for community fundraising and communication. She recognizes the urgency and barriers for oppressed communities to work together and build solidarity for liberation.
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, and one of Campus Pride’s Top 25 LGBT Favorite speakers for their 2009 and 2010 HOT LIST. Mia was honored with the 2008 Creating Change Award by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and a community activist award for her “dedication and steadfast activism” in 2007 by ZAMI.
Mia has spoken at countless campuses, conferences, and events some of which include:
The Gender and Sexuality Plenary for the first United States Social Forum, the National Queer Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance conference, Northern Illinois University, NGLTF’s Creating Change Conference, The Empowering Women of Color Conference, UC Davis, Bent Mentor Showcase, Agnes Scott College, the Allied Media Conference, the 19th Annual UCLGBTQIA Western Regional Conference, SisterSong’s Let’s Talk About Sex National Conference, the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Third Annual Women of Color Conference, the Making Money Making Change Conference, the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s Campus Winter 2010 Training and Technical Assistance Institute, the 2010 Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) conference, Ramapo College of New Jersey, the Ms. Foundation, Colorado State University, Guilford College, UC Riverside, the Regional Sexual and Domestic Violence Primary Prevention Conference, the Femmes of Color Symposium, New Youth Leadership Network, Queer Yo Mind, Southern Methodist University, Slippery Rock University, Stanford University, The Students of Color Conference, University of New Hampshire, and CLPP’s From Abortion Rights to Social Justice conference.
To inquire about bringing Mia to speak, train or give a workshop, please email: bookingmiamingus[at]gmail[dot]com.