Sunday, September 12, 2021 — “What’s Abortion Got to Do With It?” In this three-part series, the leaders of Voices4Change and RESPOND Against Violence unpack the devastating impact of the Texas abortion law from the perspective of two national organizations that are fighting for women’s rights:
- Episode 1: Understanding the Law — and its impact on women and their unborn babies. Click here to watch our Sept. 12 interview.
- Episode 2: Reproductive Control, Pregnancy, and Intimate Partner Violence. Click here to watch the Sept. 21 interview.
- Episode 3: Meaningful Solutions — The Impact of Restrictive Abortion Law, and what we can do about it. Click here to watch the Sept. 28 interview.
MEET OUR PANEL
OUR HOST: Award-winning filmmaker and founder of Voices4Change Tracy Schott — With the goal of ending domestic violence, Tracy’s documentary Finding Jenn’s Voice brings to light the horrifying fact that one of the leading causes of death during pregnancy is murder. Determined to stop the international devastation, in January 2021, the Pennsylvania-based entrepreneur launched a weekly podcast/video series to share the courageous stories of survivors and experts worldwide who are working toward the same goal. Learn more about Tracy and her work at Voices4Change.net.
In this podcast series: Tracy will moderate the panel and share her insights into the impact that the Texas abortion law will have on the victims of Intimate Partner Violence — not just in Texas but around the world.
OUR ATTORNEY: Kelsey McKay — one of the most recognized national experts on criminal asphyxiation in the context of sexual and interpersonal violence, child abuse, and human trafficking. She is the president and CEO of RESPOND Against Violence, an organization that integrates the experience of individuals, communities, and systems to improve the collective response to violence and trauma. Kelsey trains and consults nationally to implement sustainable protocols and strengthen how communities collaborate, investigate, treat and prosecute strangulation and cases ranging from intimate partner violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, child abuse, and homicide.
In this podcast series: Kelsey will inform us of the realities of the law and help us understand its implications.
OUR SOCIAL WORKER: Erica Olson, MSS, MLSP — A consultant, trainer, and subject matter expert specializing in gender-based violence and trauma-informed care and management, Erica draws on her 20 years of experience in direct services, advocacy, policy, and applied research to aid nonprofits, government agencies, and the private sector in advancing their knowledge and practices around interpersonal violence and abuse, gender inequality, and trauma. Currently, she provides case and program consultation, expert witness testimony, training, and technical assistance. Erica has been appointed to multiple state and national efforts, including the CDC’s Rape Prevention and Education Program and National Violent Death Reporting System. She is the former Director of the NJ Domestic Violence Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board and has co-authored curricula, policy, regulations, and legislation. Her work has been published in the peer-reviewed Victims and Violence.
In this podcast series: Erica will share her insights into the far-reaching consequences of the government controlling women’s bodies and share what we know about the impact of these types of laws on gender-based violence.