Danica Borkovich Anderson

Certified Clinical Criminal Justice Specialist
Psycho-Social Gender Victims Expert for the International Criminal Court- The Hague
Executive Director The Kolo: Women's Cross Cultural Collaboration
Catastrophic Crisis Responder, Seattle, Washington


Danica Anderson is the founder and Executive Director of the Kolo: Women's Cross Cultural Collaboration. She is a forensic psychotherapist and a fellow with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. She is one of only a few that approach catastrophic violence/wars/conflict and natural disasters with the gender lens in female social justice reforms.

Ms. Anderson has been working in Bosnia since March 1999 with war crimes survivors and refugees, in Africa for the International Criminal Court, Kerala, India with sunami survivors and Sri Lanka with civil war survivors.

Ms. Anderson is the developer of a trauma treatment that utilizes engendered and culturally appropriate psychology practices, called the 'Kolo" (circle or to dance in Serbian). Her work has culminated into annual human rights conferences for Bosnian women and been taken internationally to India and Sri Lanka.

A Psycho-social Gender Victims Expert for the International Criminal Court in Holland, she is the only American on the panel and one of nine consultants. Ms. Anderson works from an engendered perspective and practice internationally with missions to the war zones in Africa.

An international speaker, with media exposure in television and radio, Ms. Anderson has published articles and is currently writing a book about her work. In 2002, a book titled, "Believing in Ourselves," by Nancy Carson featured Ms. Anderson for embodying a way of life that prizes community-the Kolo; interconnectedness and overcoming obstacles in a holistic fashion.

Workshops, Presentations and Seminar Topics

International Violence & Natural Disaster Engendered Crisis Response
Contemporary and innovative engendered approaches for Acute Trauma, Intergenerational Trauma and Crisis/Conflict Skills from Africa, Bosnia, India and Sri Lanka conflict/war and natural disaster zones

Humanity Living in the Aftermath of War and Disaster
Attached to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, as a Psycho-social Gender Victims Expert, Danica Anderson articulates the raw expressions and first person stories from her field work as a principal practice to extinguish intergenerational hatred. As part of the presentation, Ms. Anderson will moderate an interactive, live video forum with international survivors for four war and conflict zones. In the oral presentation and visual formats series, Ms. Anderson informs and allows us to observe the patterns found both in national & international zones of violence, conflict as well in the aftermath of catastrophic violence & disasters to include disease.

Gender Issues for Disaster and Emergency Health in the Aftermath of Violence and Conflict; Intergenerational Hate Crimes
Developing a response protocol that recognizes females as the major resource in national & international policies and planning. A dynamic and interactive presentation to engage participants in determining how their responses can engender policies and approaches across multi-disciplinary fields Based on ingesting the information about female war and conflict survivors- natural disaster survivors (Bosnia and Sri Lanka) that have utilized the Kolo: Women’s Cross Cultural Collaboration (Kolo-Serbo-Croatian for circle or to dance) trauma format.

War Crimes-Bosnia: Women’s Cross Cultural Trauma Treatment Approaches
Extensive insight for the engendered innovative kolo (a circle in Serbo-Croatian) format, a psychosocial dynamic model incorporating archetypes and Feminine Archetypal Psychology, to treat victims of abuse, violence, rape, and gynocide

Bearing Witness Extinguishes Intergenerational Hatred
Attached to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, as a Psycho-social Gender Victims Expert, Danica articulates the raw expressions and first person stories (Bearing Witness) from her field work as a principal practice to extinguish intergenerational hatred. Intergeneration hatred- learned behaviors often done in intensive learning dynamics such as our complex adaptive systems of life from the psychosocial to the cellular-genomic.

Hate Crimes- Human World Surviving
How Hate Crimes are hidden behind the words such as culture, family and entitlement along with the rule of law vocabulary- molest for sexual abuse; This dynamic and interactive Bearing Witness presentation engages participants in determining how our responses can engender policies and approaches across multi-disciplinary fields so as to become ‘Everyday Activists’ in our own native communities.

Striving for Social Justice in an Unequal World
Acknowledging the patterns found in hate crimes such as the shooting death of a volunteer and injuries in the Jewish Center in Seattle 2006 occurred using a young woman Anne Frank’s age to move past security. Coupled the recent school killing of young girls, Jackson Katz, author in a recent article noted the hate crime patterns as” In the many hours devoted to analyzing the recent school shootings, once again we see that as a society we seem constitutionally unable, or unwilling, to acknowledge a simple but disturbing fact: these shootings are an extreme manifestation of one of contemporary American society’s biggest problems -- the ongoing crisis of men's violence against women.”

Beleaguered Workplace: Emergent Comprehensive Traumatic Stress Management for Organizations Intensive Workshop Advisory Response Protocol
Rising Health , Medical and Mental costs due to Violence issues, Deaths, Suicides, Catastrophic illnesses, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Discrimination. Personnel, Security, Management managers are often fighting for their lives and that of their employees in today’s workplace. Intensive advisory work/study for corporations and organizations offers an engendered ‘state of the art’ trauma approaches from which to manage and be proactive in an increasingly grievous time for employee issues requiring costly crisis intervention measures. An ‘engendered’ approach is desperately needed since 85%-95% of violence victims are female.

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