Miles, Horsey, Tamkin (Panel) — Session III

Panel: Empowering traumatized communities

Presentation 1: Loitering & liberation: Loitering as resistance against erasure and violence

Brittney Miles (DePaul University, Social and Cultural Foundations in Education)

This presentation proposes that loitering is an act of resistance against erasure and exclusion from the public realm. Historically, anti-loitering laws have functioned to render homeless populations invisible, restrict community gatherings and the youth experience, and unconstitutionally target racial minorities existing in public spaces. Harmful anti-loitering work has been completed under the guise of anti-gang, anti-violence, and anti-drug efforts. Loitering should be conceptualized outside of the boundaries of criminality; loitering rules directly attack independence and freedoms not afforded to racial minorities and low-income populations. By exploring the historical definitions and harmful ways in which anti-loitering legislation has been used in the United States, the author will juxtapose these meanings against the possibility of emancipatory resistance. This presentation will suggest an alternative conceptual frame for loitering as boundary play against hegemonic systems of erasure, a basic form of internal community policing and protection, and an exercise in the freedom to exist.


Presentation 2: Strengthening the family’s foundation: Trauma-informed and culturally responsive interventions in a women and children’s domestic violence/transitional living shelter

Kathleen Horsey, M.A., and Vivian Tamkin, PhD (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology, LA Campus)

This presentation will discuss how diverse therapy modalities with a multisystemic lens can create circumstances that increase a sense of connectedness, safety, and empowerment for individuals living within this system. The presenters will explore the manner in which therapy can assist individuals in moving towards a personal process of healing following the lived experiences of traumatic events (e.g., domestic and community violence) and will begin to identify the role the traumatic event plays in their current relationships. Additionally, the presentation will highlight the way in which a therapist can bridge the gap between the shelter community and the greater community-at-large.