Mia Mingus is a writer, aboltionist and community organizer and organizer who focuses on disability justice and transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse. She is a queer, physically disabled Korean transracial and transnational adoptee, “born in Korea, raised in the Caribbean, nurtured in the U.S. South, and now living in Northern California.” Mingus is part of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (BAJTC), which works to build non-state transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse. Her other work urges activists to creatively and productively think beyond the non-profit industrial complex.
Mingus’ writing can be found on her blog, Leaving Evidence, and in publications such as make/shift magazine and the forthcoming The Wind is Spirit: A Bio/Anthology of Audre Lorde. In 2013, along with fourteen other women, Mingus was recognized by the White House as an Asian and Pacific Islander Women’s Champion of Change. Other accolades and awards include being named in the Advocate’s 40 Under 40 in 2010 and the recipient of the 2008 Creating Change Award from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Mingus continues to give talks, trainings and workshops across the country, and recently near Connecticut as the keynote speaker of the 2015 New England Queer People of Color Conference at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in April.