Intersectional International Women's Day 2023
We will hear from Elene Lam, activist, community organizer, educator, human rights defender, and founder of Butterfly (Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network) and Vincent Wong, lawyer and Assistant Professor at Windsor Law, where he researches racial capitalism and its relationship to the exclusion and exploitation of undocumented youth in Canada.
Thursday, March 9, 2023
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Room 203 Health Education Centre
This event is free and open to the public. You can join this event via Teams Webinar, register online to join.
Elene Lam is an activist, community organizer, educator, and human rights defender. She has devoted herself to defending the rights of and empowering marginalized communities: particularly sex workers, migrants, and precarious workers for over 20 years. She is the founder of Butterfly (Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network) and has used diverse and innovative approaches to advocate social justice for migrant sex worker, e.g. leadership building and community mobilization. She has made transformative contributions to the migrant sex workers’ movement in Canada by being a unique and compelling player in sex worker rights, migrant justice, labour rights, and in gender justice circles. She holds a Master of Laws and Master of Social Work. She is the PhD candidate at McMaster University (School of Social Work) and studying the harm of anti-trafficking movement. Recipient of Constance E. Hamilton Award for Women’s Equality (City of Toronto).
Vincent Wong is a lawyer and Assistant Professor at Windsor Law, where he researches racial capitalism and its relationship to the exclusion and exploitation of undocumented youth in Canada. He is also on the board of the Community Justice Collective (Tkaronto). Previously, Vincent was a Staff Lawyer at the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic and Secretary of the Chinese Canadian National Council - Toronto Chapter. He has also previously worked for the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto and the African American Policy Forum. Vincent holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto and a Master of Laws from Columbia Law School, where he was a Human Rights Fellow and James Kent Scholar.