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Transgender 101: Serving Gender Variant Crime Victims

April 25, 2012 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


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This fast-paced webinar is designed to assist victim service providers in better serving transgender survivors of sexual assault and other forms of violence. Many providers are committed to serving transgender clients, but seek additional information in order to provide more competent and sensitive services. This webinar will primarily focus on basic transgender concepts, but will include references and examples specific to victim service providers. The components covered will include: 1) discussing the diversity under the “transgender umbrella”; 2) exploring social, medical, legal, and other options transgender people may pursue; 3) stimulating thought about which components of a transgender person’s life might (or might not be) relevant to the roles crime victim professionals play; and 4) disseminating resources to support transgender crime victims and the professionals who serve them. Pre-webinar worksheets will help guide participants during the webinar. Polls and ample time for questions and answers will help solidify materials learned.


  1. Describe the “terms paradox” and its relevance to working with transgender victims of crime.
  2. Identify at least three components of being “transgender” that they do NOT need to ask of a transgender victim in order to properly serve the victim (within their specific professional role)
  3. Identify at least two questions they need to ask of any transgender victim of crime.
  4. Be able to articulate at least one way people may respond when they are asked to choose an identity box that doesn’t fit them.

Pre-Webinar Worksheets:

Please download and complete these two brief worksheets prior to the webinar.



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 produced by FORGE under 2009-SZ-B9-K003, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this teleconference are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position nor policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.


April 25, 2012
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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