Ida Kaastra-Mutoigo serves as the President of Restore NYC, an organization with a mission to make freedom real for survivors of human trafficking through safe housing, economic empowerment and counseling / trauma care. Previously, she served as Executive Director for 15 years with World Renew as well as other roles for 15 years based in East and Southern Africa. With a master’s degree in Management of Non-Profits and under-graduate degrees in agriculture, biology and crop science; she has been instrumental in developing and facilitating many non-formal trainings for communities, churches and leaders of non-profits, as well as formal training courses and a degree program for Redeemer University and Uganda Christian University.
PANEL: Cultural Considerations for Serving Ethnic Minorities
- The sensitivity to culture is essential for moving a survivor of human trafficking, who is also of ethnic or racial diverse background, from a place of trauma towards healing. The importance of knowing the language and being able to navigate topics will also mitigate the triggers and other negative responses that survivors may experience.