EDUCATION IS A CORNERSTONE OF OUR MISSION.
PUBLIC FORUMS AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS
JusticeAid’s public forums and panels educate our society about key civil and human rights challenges in the fight against injustice and inequality. The issues discussed give voice to the disenfranchised and help raise awareness and support for the justice work of each year’s beneficiary.
All educational events are free and open to the public. We live-stream and promote the events via social media to broaden the reach and visibility of our beneficiaries’ important work.
Racism and the Criminalization of Poverty: 21st Century Debtors’ Prisons in the Age of Mass Incarceration
A public conversation with Alec Karakatsanis of Civil Rights Corps, Gina Clayton of Essie Justice Group, and Johnny Perez, Director of U.S. Prison Programs at National Religious Campaign Against Torture (he overcame three years of solitary confinement at Rikers). In addition, a presentation by Jeffery Robinson on his multimedia project, Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America.
Barriers to Justice for New Yorkers Facing Mental Health Issues
Moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Michael Winerip, with Janos Marton, Just Leadership USA/ #CLOSErikers; Dr. Bobby Cohen, former Medical Director at Rikers and current member of the Board of Corrections; Ann-Marie Louison, Co-Founder of CASES’ Nathaniel Project; and Koretta McClendon, a formerly incarcerated individual who served as Peer Advisor at the Columbia Psychiatric Fellowship program,.
Seth Waxman, the 41st Solicitor General of the United States, in conversation with Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative.