Ms. Julie A. Schofield   
 
Fulbright-Nehru Project Title: “Creative Arts Therapy as Empowerment for Survivors of Human Trafficking in India”
Field of Study: Gender Studies
Home Institution in the U.S.: State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego, NY
Host Institution in India: University of Calcutta, Kolkata  
Start Date/Month in India: August 2014
Duration of Grant: Nine months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Julie Schofield obtained her bachelor’s degree in English and women’s studies from the State University of New York at Oswego in December 2013. Her work experience includes coordinating various events for the women’s studies program, giving guest lectures on a range of topics surrounding women’s rights activism, and serving as vice president of the Women’s Center and secretary of the English Honors Society. She has volunteered teaching poetry to young refugee students learning English as a second language. She is an avid writer and had several poems published in a campus literary journal. Ms. Schofield is interested in gender justice issues, transnational feminist movements and their potential for addressing global inequality, and world literature and poetry as a unifying force for positive change.

Ms. Schofield is studying creative arts therapy, with a focus on poetry writing, as holistic rehabilitation strategies for empowering survivors of human trafficking. This research has two objectives: 1) to study the methods of creative arts therapy used by various organizations in Kolkata, and 2) to conduct poetry-writing workshops for clients of the groups studied. The project’s tangible culmination will be publication of a collection of poems written by the participants as well as the design of a curriculum for a sustainable poetry-writing workshop that can continue to be used by the staff and peer-educators of each NGO involved.

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