Meet Our 2018 Speakers
Joanna Vergoth, LCSW, NCPsyA
Joanna Vergoth, Joanna Vergoth, LCSW, NCPsyA, is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice specializing in trauma. Throughout the past 15 years she has become a committed activist in the cause of FGM, first as Coordinator of the Midwest Network on Female Genital Cutting, and most recently with the creation of Forma, a charity organization dedicated to providing comprehensive, culturally-sensitive clinical services to women affected by FGM, and also offering psychoeducational outreach, advocacy and awareness training to hospitals, social service agencies, universities and the community at large.
Mariam Bojang graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler and holds a BA and an MA in political science and government with a minor in international relations. Originally from the Gambia, West Africa, Mariam currently works for the Seattle Downtown Emergency Service Center as a Case Manager Supervisor and she is an FGM survivor representative. She is the current Head of Division for Western Africa for Momentum Novum and also gained work experience as the Global Head of Programs for the Youth for Sustainable Development Foundation; interning for the World Affairs Council of Dallas, Texas; and volunteering at pro bono immigration law offices around the greater Dallas area. Mariam dedicates her time to raising awareness on the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM), and through her many years of experience in youth group activities, Mariam has cultivated her passion for advocating for female education and the rights of women. Mariam has appeared in The New York Times, Dallas’s D-Magazine, Fox 4 News on WFAA, KERA radio, and Al Jazeera USA’s Inside Story, among many others. Mariam is also a researcher, community mobiliser, and mentor.