Black Women’s Blueprint's held the 2016 Tribunal of the Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, from April 28-May 1, 2016, as part of the International Decade of People of African Descent at the United Nations.
The Truth Commission reflected a continued process five years in the making, involving national grassroots activism, direct service healing practice and participatory action research by Black Women’s Blueprint and survivors across the country on sexual violence as a human rights atrocity against women and girls of African descent past and present, which has never been acknowledged or sufficiently addressed.
The Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission was the first of its kind in the nation to focus on rape and sexual assault against Black women in the United States. Women and girls of African descent, many of whom were denied access and assistance from the criminal justice system, began to organize, realizing their own and collective transformation could not happen without public recognition and acknowledgment of the injustices and harms they had experienced. Out of these early discussions—first in New York City, and later in cities across the country such as Washington D.C., New Orleans, Mississippi, and Chicago—the BWTRC was born.
Truth. Justice. Healing. Reconciliation.
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Women's Media Center, Salon, The Daily Beast, and Indiewire
Alisa Del Tufo
Activist, Oral Historian, Founder
Black Feminist Scholar, Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s
Studies and English at Spelman College
Movement Builder, Storyteller, and Feminist Activist
Executive Director, Women's Media Center
Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Former White House Advisor on Violence Against Women
Consultant, International Labor Organization and International Organization for Migration
Civil Rights Activist, Writer, Mobilizer, Founder, Spirit House
TRC Chair, Co-Founder, Black Women's Blueprint and Museum of Women's Resistance
Activist, Speaker, Organizer, Founder
Senior Associate, Gender Justice Program
The International Center for Transitional Justice
U.S. Human Rights Network
Human Rights and Reproductive Justice Advocate, Co-founder and 2005-2012 National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
Executive Director, NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault and National Alliance to End Sexual Violence
Movement Maker, Anti-Vilence Activist, Co-Executive Director
Community Organizer, Anti-Oppression Activist, Poet and Artist