Mia Mingus is a writer, educator and community organizer for disability justice and transformative justice. She is a queer physically disabled korean woman transracial and transnational adoptee from the Caribbean. She works for community, interdependency and home for all of us, not just some of us, and longs for a world where disabled children can live free of violence, with dignity and love. As her work for liberation evolves and deepens, her roots remain firmly planted in ending sexual violence.
Currently, Mia is a 2016 Just Beginnings Collaborative fellow funded for The Living Bridges Project, an anonymous story-collecting project documenting collective responses to child sexual abuse.
Mia is a founding and core-member of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (BATJC), a local collective working to build and support transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse that do not rely on the state (i.e. police, prisons, the criminal legal system). She believes in prison abolition and urges all activists and organizers to critically and creatively think beyond the non-profit industrial complex.
Her writings can be found on her blog, Leaving Evidence, as well as Make/Shift, Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence, Criptiques, Octavia’s Brood: Sci-Fi from Social Movements, The Wind is Spirit: A Bio/Anthology of Audre Lorde and Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundation, Theory, Practice, Critique.
In 2013, along with 14 other activists, Mia was recognized by the White House as an Asian and Pacific Islander women’s Champion of Change in observance of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Mia was a 2005 New Voices Fellow, was named one of the Advocate’s 40 Under 40 in 2010, one of the 30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30 in 2009 by Angry Asian Man, one of Campus Pride’s Top 25 LGBT Favorite speakers for their 2009, 2010 and 2011 HOT LISTs, and was listed in Go Magazine’s 2013 100 Women We Love. Mia was honored with the 2008 Creating Change Award by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and a community activist award for her “dedication and steadfast activism” in 2007 by ZAMI in Atlanta, GA.
Mia has spoken at countless campuses, conferences, and events some of which include:
The Gender and Sexuality Plenary for the first United States Social Forum; the National Queer Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance conference; NGLTF’s Creating Change Conference; The Empowering Women of Color Conference; the UCLGBTQIA Western Regional Conference; SisterSong’s Let’s Talk About Sex National Conference; the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s Campus Institute; the Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally College Conference; the Regional Sexual and Domestic Violence Primary Prevention Conference; and the Femmes of Color Symposium.