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ARCHIVES

The purpose and mission of the Archives Committee is to collect and to preserve materials that give that organization a specific and unique identity from the viewpoint of its origins and history and a legacy that it can pass on to posterity.

Chairperson: Aaron Devor, PhD (Canada)

Board of Directors Liaison: Jamison Green, PhD (USA)


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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BYLAWS, POLICIES, & PROCEDURES

The mission of the Policy & Procedures Committee is to document the operational policies and procedures of and for the Association, and to provide a forum for the ongoing development of Association policy. The Committee creates and maintains a Policy and Procedures Manual which is a living document that guides the operation of the Association. The Policy and Procedures Manual is intended to ensure that the Association functions efficiently and effectively and to provide operational continuity over time.

Chairperson and BOD Liaison: Katherine Rachlin, PhD (USA)


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CHILD AND ADOLESCENT

Mission statement:

The child and adolescent committee aims at giving gender dysphoria in children and adolescents proper attention in the WPATH, regarding clinical care as well as training and research.

Chairperson: Annelou de Vries, MD (The Netherlands)

BOD Liaison: Sam Winter, PhD (Hong Kong)


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DISORDERS OF SEX DEVELOPMENT

The mission of the WPATH Committee on Disorders of Sex Development (DSD)* is to educate and provide consultation on the current state of knowledge, research, and clinical practice regarding individuals born with sex-atypical variants of internal and external sex differentiation to professionals and the lay public.

*Formerly the Intersex Committee

Chairperson: David Sandberg, PhD (USA)

BOD Liaison: Griet de Cuypere, MD (Belgium)


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ETHICS

The Ethics Committee is to serve only as an advisory body, establishing guidelines for ethical care of patients by members of WPATH. The Committee will not conduct investigations or evaluate complaints made against members of the organization. The Committee may refer complainants to the appropriate specialty governing bodies, if possible or appropriate.

Chairperson and BOD Liaison: Jamison Green, PhD (USA)

 


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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
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INSTITUTIONALIZED PERSONS

Chairperson and BOD Liaison: Randi Ettner, PhD (USA)


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INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY GROUP

Co-Chairs: 

Walter Bockting, PhD (USA)

Marsha Botzer, MS (USA)

BOD Liaison: Lin Fraser, EdD (USA)


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LEGAL ISSUES

Whereas, our organization stands in favor of the claim of equal dignity and respect under the law of all transgender, transsexual and intersex people, and that our organization stands in favor of their equal treatment under the law, and their fair and equal access to medical, legal and social services and basic civil and human rights, regardless of the state or country in which they reside or under whose protection they fall. The members stand ready to inform and educate society at large, government and non-government organizations, and other professional groups concerning the medical treatment of transgender, transsexual and intersex people.

The Legal Issues Committee will draft on behalf of the organization: position papers, policy recommendations, legal science and legal briefs as needed to address specific cases at bar; advise government and non-government organizations; and improve societal recognition of the equal dignity, respect and rights of transgender, transsexual and intersex people when the rights and dignity of transgender and transsexual people may be or have been violated, or are in jeopardy, or are for consideration in relation to any other matter.

Chairperson: Shawn Crincoli, JD (USA)
BOD Liaison: Tamar Adrian, JD (Venezuela)
 


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MEMBER COMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY

The mission of the WPATH Web Site Committee is to distribute information regarding the Association and gender identity issues via the internet.

Chairperson and BOD Liaison: Vin Tangpricha, MD, PhD (USA)


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MEMBERSHIP

The mission of the Membership Committee is to recruit and retain new members, as well as to facilitate the communication between members. To achieve these goals a brochure and a membership directory has been developed. Professionals with a professional interest and experience in the field of gender identity and with a graduate degree in fields such as medicine, psychology, law, social work, counselling, psychotherapy, family studies, sociology, anthropology, sexology, speech and voice therapy, etc. are accepted to become a Full Individual (i.e., Professional) Member. Graduate students in relevant fields of study are invited to become Student Members . Other interested persons are invited to become Supporting Members . Exceptions to membership status can be made by the Board of Directors.

Chairperson: John C. Capozuca, PhD (USA)

BOD Liaison: Sam Winter, PhD (Hong Kong)


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PUBLIC POLICY, ADVOCACY, & LIAISON

The purpose of the committee is to support the mission of WPATH; to act as an advocate within the WPATH board and general membership for patients/clients/consumers of medical, surgical, integrative medicine, psychiatric, legal, psychological, religious or other professional services as pertaining to transsexualism or transgenderism; and to serve, where necessary or possible, as a liaison between consumers of services and WPATH professional members who provide these services.

Chairperson and Board of Directors liaison: Dan Karasic, MD


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STANDARDS OF CARE REVISION

This committee has been created due to the ongoing need to revise WPATH's Standards of Care.

The mission of the Standards of Care Revision Committee is to:

1.) Represent the disciplines generally involved in the evaluation and multimodal treatment of persons with gender identity disorders

2.) Collect, examine, and discuss the literature pertaining to the evaluation and treatment of persons with gender identity disorders and to make recommendations for revisions to the existing Standards of Care when a significant body of information becomes available meriting a revision. By the very nature of the scientific process, there is no specific timetable for releasing new revisions; this is an ongoing process.

Chairperson: Eli Coleman, PhD (United States)

BOD Liaisons: Gail Knudson, MD, FRCPC (Canada), Griet de Cuypere, MD (Belgium)


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SYMPOSIUM LOCAL ORGANIZING

Chairperson: Mick van Trotsenburg, MD


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SYMPOSIUM SCIENTIFIC

The mission of the Symposium Scientific Committee is to select topics and presenters which will enhance the work done by mental health professionals, the medical community, and legal and lay persons on behalf of the care of those individuals coping with gender variance. This Committee is responsible for developing the Scientific program for the Symposium.

Chair:

 

Jamison Green, PhD (United States)

 


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TRANSGENDER MEDICINE AND RESEARCH COMMITTEE

The mission of the Transgender Medicine and Research Committee is to promote research and dissemination of knowledge regarding health and health care among the transgender population. This includes the areas of preventive health, chronic illness, hormone therapy, access to care, and HIV/STD prevention and treatment. Our mission also includes the education of health care professionals on effective clinical management of transgender patients in these areas.

Chairperson: Jamie Feldman, MD PhD (USA)

BOD Liaison: Randi Ettner, PhD (USA)


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VOICE AND COMMUNICATIONS

The mission of the WPATH Committee on Voice and Communication is to create an international network of professionals with expertise in the voice and communication issues experienced by gender variant children, adolescents and adults, to contribute to the development and promotion of standards of care and services for these individuals, and to reduce discrimination against gender variant people on the basis of their voice and communication characteristics.

Goals of the Standing Committee on Voice and Communication

The goals of this committee concern voice, speech and communication in gender variant people. This committee aims to:

1. Create an international network of voice and communication professionals
2. Develop and promote standards of care
3. Develop and promote voice and communication services
4. Reduce discrimination against gender variant people on the basis of their voice and communication characteristics

1. Create an international network of voice and communication professionals

In order to create an international network of voice and communication professionals with expertise in the voice and communication issues experienced by gender variant people, this committee aims to:

a. Develop and maintain an up-to-date international data base of voice and communication professionals with expertise in the voice and communication issues experienced by gender variant people
b. Organize regular symposia and discussion forums on voice and communication in gender variant people at national and international conferences/meetings (WPATH and related conferences/meetings, conferences/meetings for gender variant communities, general conferences for voice and communication and related professionals)
c. Facilitate and support web-based communication and data-sharing between voice and communication and related professionals world-wide

2. Develop and promote standards of care

In order to develop and promote standards of care related to voice and communication in gender variant people, this committee aims to:

a. Promote and support high quality evidence-based research among voice and communication and related professionals at local, national and international levels
b. Promote and support postgraduate students in voice and communication and related fields to conduct evidence-based research
c. Facilitate interdisciplinary and collaborative evidence-based research at local, national and international level
d. Advocate for increased avenues of financial support for small and large-scale voice and communication research
e. Facilitate dissemination of the findings of high quality voice and communication research to voice and communication and related professionals, gender variant communities, and professional organizations world-wide
f. Develop and disseminate evidence-based clinical guidelines to voice and communication professionals and to gender variant communities

3. Develop and promote voice and communication services
In order to develop and promote voice and communication services for gender variant people, this committee aims to:

a. Inform voice and communication and related professionals, universities and colleges, professional associations, health and community care agencies, and government leaders concerning the importance of voice and communication to the quality of life and psychosocial well-being of gender variant people and to their capacity to contribute to the social and economic success of their communities.
b. Advocate for an increased focus on the voice and communication needs of gender variant people, assessment and intervention methods, and evidence-based clinical guidelines in university and college training programs in speech pathology and related fields
c. Promote and support professional development programs focusing on evidence-based voice and communication assessment and intervention for qualified voice and communication professionals
d. Advocate for increased levels of funding to develop and implement voice and communication services for gender variant people in health and community sectors world-wide
e. Advocate for equitable access to voice and communication services for gender variant people world-wide

4. Reduce discrimination against gender variant people on the basis of their voice and
communication characteristics

In In order to reduce discrimination against gender variant people on the basis of their voice and communication characteristics, this committee aims to:

a. Encourage and support voice and communication professionals to work with employer groups in government and non-government sectors as well as community groups to increase understanding of gender variance and, in particular, the importance of the importance of voice and communication to the capacity of gender variant people to contribute to the social and economic success of their employers and communities
b. Encourage and support voice and communication professionals to work with employer groups in government and non-government sectors to encourage them to facilitate access to voice and communication services for gender variant employees
c. Encourage and support voice and communication professionals to regularly update organizations for gender variant people to increase their awareness of available resources, services and information
d. Encourage and support voice and communication professionals to work with health insurance agencies to encourage them to include voice and communication services for gender variant people in their schedule of benefits

Chairperson: Dr. Vica Papp (New Zealand)

BOD Liaison: Rebecca Allison, MD (USA)


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