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Trans-specific barriers to accessing health care

November 21, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Archived Recording

(Webinar originally recorded on November 21, 2013)



Sexual assault and domestic violence victims often need more physical and/or mental health care than non-survivors, both directly following abuse/assault and years later.  Transgender and gender non-conforming survivors and loved ones often face additional challenges accessing healthcare-related services (including denial of care and even revictimization).  This webinar will review some of the primary barriers trans* survivors face when accessing health care, including additional complications that have emerged with the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  Positive recent developments and possible work-arounds will also be covered.




michael munson is the co-founder and Executive Director of FORGE, an organization focused on improving the lives of transgender individuals by building stronger connections, providing resources, and empowering growth through knowledge. His educational background is in psychology, with an emphasis in trauma. Munson’s work on violence against transgender and gender non-conforming individuals is groundbreaking, stressing the intersectionality between complex components of identity, experience, and societal constructs that can both spur violence, as well as catalyze healing for individuals and communities. He is passionate about engaging professionals to embrace these complexities and learn key skills to better serve their clients/constituents.

Loree Cook-Daniels has been training about and working on policy changes to better address the needs of members of the transgender community since 1995. Prior to that, she worked for more than a decade on elder abuse and domestic violence issues. The two came together in 2004, when FORGE founded its Transgender Sexual Violence Project.


This project was supported by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K121 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.



November 21, 2013
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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