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Webinar Archive: Ending Mass Incarceration

(Full title: Ending Mass Incarceration, Centralizing Racial Justice, and Developing Alternatives: The Role of Anti-Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs)



Centering Our Work on Historically Marginalized Communities (May 2, 2017)

Presenters:  Kelly Miller and Jennifer Martinez

​Kelly and Jennifer talk about their organization’s process as they shifted their work to focus on historically marginalized communities, and share the successes as well as challenges they have experienced during this journey.  They discuss their theory of change that serves as a foundation for the organization, and share key organizational documents they have utilized during their transformation.  Read more...


Why Opposing Hyper-Incarceration Should be Central to the Work of the Anti-Domestic Violence Movement
(May 16, 2017)

Presenter:  Donna Coker

This webinar discusses the enormous growth of the US prison population, the larger phenomenon of what Beth Richie describes as “Prison Nation,” the impact that mass incarceration and the growth of criminalization has on work to prevent and respond to domestic violence and sexual assault.  Mass incarceration deepens poverty, weakens social networks, and creates trauma — effects that increase the risk of male-on-female domestic violence.  Donna  then discuss how these connections between hyper-incarceration and DV and SA should impact the work  we do.  Read more...


Dancing the Carceral Creep: The Feminist Anti-Violence Movement and the Pursuit of Criminalization, 1973-1986
(May 23, 2017)

Presenter:  Mimi Kim

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.  Read more...


But How Do We "DO" Racial Justice?
(May 31, 2017)

Presenter:  Kate McCord

The Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance has been striving to conduct its work from a racial justice lens for more than 15 years, and has been evolving its practices as it learns.  Action Alliance staff member Kate McCord describe the catalyst to this work and offer specific examples of how the Action Alliance’s racial justice lens is reflected in its internal policies and external practices.  Read more...


Eliminating Racial Inequality Throughout the Criminal Justice System (November 14, 2017)

Presenters:  Marc Mauer and Nazgol Ghandnoosh

Leading experts from The Sentencing Project discuss initiatives in more than 20 states that are designed to address the criminal justice system’s high rate of contact with people of color.  The webinar identifies four key features of the criminal justice system that produce racially unequal outcomes beyond the conditions of socioeconomic inequality that contribute to higher rates of some crimes in marginalized communities, and showcase initiatives to abate these sources of inequity in adult and juvenile justice systems around the country.  Read more...


Exploring Restorative Justice to Address Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence:  Centering the Wisdom, Needs, & Safety of Survivors  (April 24, 2018)

Presenter:  sujatha baliga

In this webinar, sujatha baliga explores the possibilities of safe, effective, restorative justice alternatives to systems intervention for intimate partner and sexual violence. . . .Restorative justice presents a promising approach to addressing domestic violence by offering principles and practices that centralize survivor-identified needs while deeply engaging community in creating safety and accountability solutions.  Read more...


Exploring Restorative Justice to Address Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence:  Centering the Wisdom, Needs, & Safety of Survivors Part 2 (July 10, 2018)

Presenter:  sujatha baliga

On April 24, sujatha baliga presented a webinar about the possibilities of safe and effective restorative justice (RJ) alternatives to systems-based interventions for intimate partner and sexual violence.  Participants had many important questions.  Since we were not able to get to all the questions during the webinar, there was a call for doing a Part 2.  This webinar is structured around the questions that participants asked in the first webinar and their evaluations.  Read more...


Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color  (June 27, 2019)

Presenter:  Andrea Ritchie

Author, lawyer, and Black lesbian immigrant survivor Andrea Ritchie provides a focused look at police violence and racial profiling in the context of domestic violence in this presentation.  This timely webinar explores police responses to domestic violence as sites of racial profiling, criminalization, police violence and lack of protection for survivors, and identify potential strategies for reducing harm and increasing protections for survivors through legal, legislative, policy and funding strategies.  Read more

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