THE HEAL PROJECT
The HEAL Project welcomes our new 2019 advisory board!
Alisa Zipursky is the founder of HealingHonestly.com where she writes about healing from child sex abuse with 60,000 other young survivors (it's funnier than you'd think). She's appeared in Teen Vogue, BUST, TIME, and The Guardian. Alisa also facilitates workshops to support survivors, including her Writing through Healing workshop.
Divya currently works with immigrants and people of color who have experienced sexual violence, domestic violence and/or human trafficking. To break cycles of violence, Divya centers the politics and ethics of prison and military abolition as a way to dismantle white and savarna supremacy. Divya is committed to building joy, pleasure and healing for trans and queer people of color. Divya loves taking photographs of messy spider webs and leafless trees.
Natalie aka Supa is a queer, black, femme, geek with almost two decades of experience in detangling the Web. In her role as Accessibility Evangelist & Web Developer, she has earned a reputation for inflexibly promoting the intersection of justice, community, and tech.
From exploring the depths of sexual pleasure as healing to producing queer live performances nationally - Supa continuously educates her audiences playfully. Prioritizing unity, she uses her access and experience to inter-connect and add value to her social justice networks. This adventurous, Oakland-based creative is actively participating in creating the world she dreams to live within.
Angeli is a queer South Asian community organizer, anti-sexual assault advocate, chronically ill, extroverted introvert. They’ve been doing anti-violence work for more than 15 years. She deeply believes that communities have the answers to build healing, restoration, and transformation. They also like reading, being cozy and warm, and picking up a new hobby every two minutes.
Fyzah is passionate about trauma-informed-liberatory therapeutic practices. Their current adventures include crushing transphobia in academia while finishing their Masters of Social Work, serving as a therapist for LGBTQIA+ youth experiencing homelessness, and using their facilitation superpowers as a freelance consultant for mental health professionals and organizations. In their free time you can find Fyzah exploring rooftops, napping, and finding new ways to love and be loved.
Sequoya’s pronouns are she/her. She is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW). She is the Director of Community Engagement with Youth Seen. Her professional experience spans more than 18 years of clinical and community social work practice. As an organizer, writer, educator, researcher and curator, her work focuses on interpersonal violence, basic need insecurity, advocacy surrounding the trauma of criminalization and surveillance of queer people of color. Her work also centers disrupting and creating space for Black queers, healing justice, and youth leadership development.
Sequoya also loves tacos, listening to podcasts, and watching horror movies.
Cassandra Lopez Fradera is a communications strategy consultant, multi-genre writer, performer and healing justice advocate. Raised in the northeastern United States and now living in Puerto Rico, her work is centered on providing resources and strategies for healing and self-determination. She combines research with practice to help clients including the National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network and individuals to achieve transformational change and get to the heart of the message.
Mariah Maldonado, is passionate about serving and advocating for her community. She loves to make people laugh because laughter is good for the heart. Her career is in youth work and she has been working with young people since she was 18 years old.
V. Tobar is a Queer, non-binary Latinx sex and kink educator, writer, and sex toy retail expert. Their educational praxis is based on combining consent, communication, desire, and pleasure within the framework of Queer, Brown, and kinky identity. A veteran of the sex toy industry, they have spent the past 14 years working in different sex positive shops and education settings nationwide. Most recently, they served as the National Retail and Purchasing Director for the Pleasure Chest, where they worked for 7 years.