Human trafficking is something that’s happening in every New England state. It isn’t limited to just illicit massage parlors, and it isn’t a crime that only affects non-citizens or recent immigrants. The reality is that young women and children born in the U.S. can be victims of trafficking, too. It’s happening in plain sight in our own community.
Please come to a panel presentation hosted by the Chelmsford Catholic Collaborative Social Justice Committee to learn more about the challenges facing law enforcement, the resources available for victims, and what we can do to take action.
• Pi Downsborough, MA State Police Captain
• Mike Posanka, NH Resident Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations
• a clinical social worker and a survivor professional from RIA House in Framingham
Please join us for a fun-filled evening and enjoy cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, raffles and some surprises…followed by dessert and Awards presentation.
Each year, we help more than 50,000 people and we could not do it without the continued support of friends and partners such as you. This year we invite you to celebrate and sponsor our largest fundraiser. Now more than ever, in the wake of proposed budget cuts, we need your support to ensure another successful year.
On Healing: An Interactive Poetry Workshop
This workshop dives into the art of storytelling to face the trauma we hold deep in our hears to nurture and build the next generation of emotionally responsible and culturally rich people. By having group discussions on the AAPI mental health stigma and generational trauma, participants will be able to open their souls to write about their sorrows and resilience.
This workshop will be hosted by Princess Moon and supported by ANGRY ASIAN GIRLS, the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA), and the Center for Hope and Healing.
The Center for Hope and Healing will have staff onsite to provide professional wellness support.
From North Station (Boston) –
Take the Lowell Line Shuttle from North Station to Woburn Anderson Transportation center.
Transfer to the Lowell Line of the Commuter Rail.
CMAA is a 10-15 minute walk from the Commuter rail station (0.6 miles).
**Please be aware that there is limited service on Sundays.**
Parking is available onsite, but space is limited in the lot.
We recommend that folks try to coordinate rides in the comments section! Feel free to reach out for more support if you are having trouble!
English- Khmer translation will be available.
This event is open to all age groups
Princess Moon is an award-winning poet, teaching artist, and community organizer based in Boston. Her work unearths conversations with ancestral spirits, trauma left behind by the ghosts of violent men, and the hauntingly beautiful journey of finding one’s self. As the daughter of refugees, her purpose as an artist is heavily inspired by the Cambodian genocide, which is responsible for at least 1.7 million deaths. She is determined to write her people’s stories back into existence.
She was the first woman SlamMaster to the Mill City Slam and formerly served as the Programs Director of the youth organization FreeVerse! Princess Moon has graced the Finals stages of the 2011 Brave New Voices as well as the 2012 and 2013 Louder Than a Bomb Massachusetts. In 2014, she coached the winning team of LTABMA and was awarded the Charmaine Santiago Galdon Award for her tireless community building.
She has featured at countless venues and presented the Keynote Speech at the 2016 Massachusetts Mental Health Forum. In 2018, Princess Moon founded Let Me Write You a Poem, an online platform geared towards community healing through storytelling.
You can find her work in Gateways Mag, Young Angel Midnight: An Anthology of Emerging Artists, and in her first full-length collection of poetry The Genocide’s Love Baby Learns to Sing (Bootstrap Press).
This year’s theme: “Global Trends and Local Integration”
Saida Abdi, LICSW, MSW., M.A., is the Director of Community Relations at the Boston Children’s Hospital Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center, a clinical social worker, and expert in refugee trauma and resilience. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University and another Master’s degree in Communications from Carleton University and is currently pursuing her PhD at Boston University. She is a native of Somalia and a former refugee herself. Ms. Abdi has worked for more than 20 years in the area of refugee youth and families, developing school-based programs to support adjustment of refugee youth in resettlement and community-based research and intervention. For the past 8 years, she has worked at the Boston Children’s Hospital Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center as a part of SAMHSA funded project to develop and implement refugee mental health interventions. She has organized trainings on the issue of promoting resilience and reducing risk behaviors among refugee youth for educators, policy-makers, clinicians and community leaders. She is trained in Trauma System’s Therapy and is an expert in building culturally responsive interventions.
Academic Panel on Migration:
Robert Forrant: Dr. Forrant is a professor in the History Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, teaching courses on global labor issues, labor history, immigration, and international development. He is director of the department’s graduate program. He has been a consultant to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the International Labour Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the International Metalworkers Federation, and several trade unions. His research activities have been funded by, among others: the International Metalworkers Federation, the International Labour Organization, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Russell Sage Foundation, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the cities of Lowell and Leominister, Massachusetts. Professor Forrant is the editor of three volumes on sustainable regional development, the author of numerous published articles and reports and a forthcoming book on industrial development and decline in the Connecticut River Valley and New England.
Yvonne Ruiz: Dr. Yvonne Ruiz has a Ph.D in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology (2002) and a Master of Social Work (1994) both from Boston College. She graduated from New York University with an MA in media studies in 1981 and Syracuse University with a BA in English literature in 1979. She holds licensure as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). She has been in the Boston area since 1991 and has clinical experience in medical social work, community mental health, and behavioral health.
Breakout Sessions (participants may select two to attend at check-in):
Breakout #1: Presenter TBA, Gateway for Growth – Lowell’s Immigrant Integration Process
Breakout #2: Presenter TBA, MIRA on Policy and Advocacy
Breakout #3: Barbara Dunsford, Meditation/Mindfulness
Breakout #4: TBA, International Institute of New England’s Resettlement and Integration
Breakout #5: Economics and Entrepreneurship
Frankie Descoteaux, CTI Merrimack Valley Small Business Center
TBA, Chamber of Commerce and Workforce Development
Lianna Sachiyo Kushi, E for All
Bora Chamroeun and Ani Vong, Business Owners
In lieu of a registration fee, please bring a Target, Walmart, Market Basket gift card or monetary donation in any denomination to help support refugee families.
Refreshments and lunch provided. Parking available at Lower Locks Garage on 90 Warren St., Lowell, MA 01852
Organized by: Lowell Public Schools, Middlesex Community College, International Institute of New England, Lowell Alliance, Lowell YWCA, Saydanar Community Development Center, The African Community Center of Lowell, Lowell Community Health Center, The New American Center, The Office of Congresswoman Lori Trahan, and Lowell Police Department
Please join us on Friday, May 31st, 11am, at Lowell City Hall front steps – for our Flag Raising PRIDE Kickoff Event!
Come experience the best of Greek food, dancing, shopping, and culture and discover the rich traditions of the Orthodox Christian Faith. Kid-friendly activities, guided church tours, raffle prizes, live music, and more. Free admission and ample free parking. Invite your friends and join the fun!
Friday, May 31 | 11am-10pm
Saturday, June 1 | 11am-11pm
For more information, please visit www.transchurch.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the date and join us on Friday May 31st at 6:30 pm for “Diverse Voices” a Lowell High School (Massachusetts) #TedTalk. The event is happening in the Burgoyne Theater at the Freshman Academy, 40 Paige Street Lowell MA 01852. Adults are $5, Students are $2, pay at the door.
Why Walk #whywalk #stepstohome
Saturday, June 1st will mark the Eighth Annual Steps to Home Walk to End Homelessness, featuring a 5K stroll through the beautiful tree lined, cobblestone streets of Lowell and an ice cream social on the 5th floor of Mill No. 5. The walk starts and ends right outside Mill No. 5 on 250 Jackson Street.
Businesses, community groups, faith-based organizations, citizens and friends of Lowell transitional Living Center (LTLC) come together at Steps to Home to raise funds through LTLC’s largest event of the year. Lowell Transitional Living Center offers much more than meals and a place to sleep. The walk will help raise awareness of their programs and services like case management, healthcare, housing, mental wellness, and financial management.
We CAN all make a difference for someone experiencing homelessness in the Merrimack Valley.
Walkers will begin registration at 10:00AM, and head out at 10:30AM from the entrance to Mill No. 5. At the finish line all walkers will head up to the 5th floor of the Mill for ice cream, raffles, photo booth and arcade game. A fun journey up Mill No. 5’s funky staircase and two available elevators will transport walkers to the ice cream and raffle portion of the event. Event organizers encourage individuals and teams to register for the event in advance.
Contact LTLC to receive more information:
978-458-9888 ext. 20 or email@example.com
The parade will begin staging/registration at the corners of Bartlett & High Streets at 11am. The parade will START promptly at 12pm.
PRIDE Festival – Sat. June 1st, 12:30pm-5pm –