Priority Areas

Sexual Violence and Exploitation: Our primary agenda involves addressing sexual violence and exploitation as a source of injuries, illnesses, and trauma-related disabilities. We also work on training service providers to work with survivors of sexual violence, sexual exploitation and sex trafficking, and on leadership development with survivors.
 
Incarceration and Policing: We focus on the health and disabling consequences of incarceration and vulnerability to police violence, including immediate and long-term damage. Our concerns with mass incarceration in the U.S. focus both on people who are imprisoned now, and on formerly incarcerated persons. We also are concerned with research and advocacy regarding the treatment of mentally ill persons who are incarcerated.
 
Immigrant and Refugee Populations: We engage in public dialogue regarding immigrant and refugee health, legal status, and vulnerabilities to exploitation.
 
Resources and Remedies: We are concerned with improving the quality, accessibility, and competency of service provision available to very vulnerable populations, in the areas of healthcare, legal advocacy, and social services. Most of our efforts in this regard are focused on training for practitioners and professionals, although we also engage in community-level education about subjects such as healthcare advocacy and community-based health remedies.
 
Economic Inequity: We recognize that economic vulnerability is both a common factor contributing to vulnerability to violence and exploitation, and often a result of declining health or the development of disabilities. As a consequence, we work on projects, including public dialogue and training opportunities for practitioners, addressing economic vulnerability and related health issues, and promoting community economic development, and economic opportunities for vulnerable populations, particularly those experiencing high rates of disability and illness related to violence, exploitation, or inequity.
 
Racial Justice & Equity: While all of our priorities engage the issue of racism and racial inequity, we are also specifically concerned with social, legal and policy solutions that help to address the effects of racism. Our projects include analyses of the impact of race-based inequities, in housing, education, healthcare, and employment -- on the health of communities of color, and corresponding advocacy for concrete solutions, for instance through race-conscious legal remedies such as affirmative action, or equal opportunity programs. 
 
Food and Nutritional Politics: We approach the issues of food and nutrition from a few angles, including the quality and affordability of food available to vulnerable communities, labor exploitation in food industries, and the overall impact of food production practices on health. We devote much of our efforts under this priority to community-based events and workshops featuring short lectures on subjects such as ingredient labeling, organic and inorganic food production practices, farm worker health and safety, and the potential uses of healthy nutrition and herbs in healing from violence and from damage caused by inequity or oppression.