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Area of expertise: LGBTQ victims of crime, sexual violence, hate/bias crime, violence against transgender and gender nonconforming individuals, and trauma informed care
Michael Munson is the cofounder of FORGE, an organization focused on improving the lives of transgender individuals by building stronger connections, providing resources, and empowering growth through knowledge. He has served as the executive director since 1994. FORGE is a national training and technical assistance provider that is funded through the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. His educational background is in psychology, with an emphasis on trauma-informed care and nontraditional healing modalities. Munson has written and coauthored numerous articles, guides, and book chapters about transgender survivors of sexual violence and intimate partner violence, both for victim service professionals and as self-help tools for transgender survivors. His work focuses on violence against transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary individuals. He stresses the intersectionality of complex components of identity, experience, and societal constructs that can both spur violence and catalyze healing for individuals and communities. He is passionate about engaging professionals to embrace these complexities and learn key skills to better serve their constituents. Munson earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.