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Webinar Archive:  Ending Mass Incarceration (EMI) Series


Dancing the Carceral Creep: The Feminist Anti-Violence Movement and the Pursuit of Criminalization, 1973-1986

Webinar Date:  May 23, 2017


Long-time activist and scholar Mimi Kim provides a historical examination of the anti-domestic violence movement and its eventual reliance on carceral or pro-criminalization practices and policies.  She explores the development of the victim witness programs and the Community Coordinated Response.  By focusing on this historical tale, Mimi discusses how actions that can seem strategic and even radical can turn into something quite different than originally envisioned.  Mimi also talks about how the lessons of history can also give us guidance as to how we can move forward in our work to end violence.


About the Presenter

Mimi Kim is a long-time anti-violence advocate, working for 10 years at Asian Women’s Shelter (San Francisco) and as the founder of two domestic violence organizations for the Korean American community.  She established Creative Interventions in 2004 as a resource center creating and promoting community-based interventions to domestic violence and sexual assault.  Mimi Kim is a founding member of Incite! Women and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color Against Violence and the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence.  She has conducted research on the history of the anti-violence movement in her search to better understand movement roots and future trajectories.  She is currently Assistant Professor of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach and is also leading a California-based initiative to bring alternative community-based intervention and transformative justice approaches to the anti-violence and broader social justice movements.

Suggested Participants

Anyone interested in learning about the relationship between the anti-domestic violence movement and criminal justice reform efforts in the United States will benefit from this webinar.  This may include community- and system-based advocates, criminal justice professionals, and other practitioners.

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This project is supported by Grant No. 2016-TA-AX-KO53 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s)  and do not necessarily reflect the views of the

Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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