Anti-Racism Statement and Resources
We, the IAFMHS Student Board, commit to actively engaging in the process of anti-racist allyship and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. We acknowledge our part in raising awareness not only about the uncountable deaths of BIPOC (i.e., Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community members as a result of race-related violence, but also about every individual enduring racism in their everyday lives. Racism is pervasive – systems across every context of our society are affected by the oppression of individuals identifying as BIPOC. Importantly, racism in all of its facets is a persistent human rights concern that expands across the globe.
IAFMHS is an international organization built on a dedication to improving forensic services, the lives of forensic patients, and the safety of our society. These goals cannot be attained without a commitment to taking anti-racist actions and lifting the voices of the BIPOC communities. Our support belongs to those who have historically been marginalized and continue to be marginalized in our present society. We acknowledge the privileges we hold as individuals and members of the IAFMHS Student Board, and we are committed to exploring our positionalities and the structures of our organization further.
We specifically call on our White-identifying student members around the world to join us on the conscious, active, and continuous journey of anti-racist allyship that empowers us to reflect upon the privileges and biases we benefit from in the White supremacist systems we occupy. We are responsible for listening to the voices and experiences of those who face discrimination and inequality, for intentionally taking on the emotional labour of unlearning conscious and unconscious racism, and for advocating for lasting change in ourselves, our profession, and our environments. It is only then that we can move towards a society in which Black Lives Matter AND others are valued in their totality.
Below, we have included a few resources that we have found helpful in educating ourselves. Please note that this list is by no means exhaustive. We will be sharing more resources via social media and on our website and are working diligently on a long-term plan to actively support the BLM movement.
We invite our student members to get engaged by sharing their ideas, additional resources, and thoughts on how the IAFMHS Student Board can help address systemic racism and advance equity and justice. If you are interested in becoming involved in our action plans and future initiatives, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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