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.

2019

IMMIGRATION

Immigrant Defense Project

2018

DEBTORS’ PRISONS

Civil Rights Corp
Essie Justice Group

2017

DEFENDING PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES

Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center

2016

YEAR OF THE CHILD

NJDC
CFSY

Indefensible: Immigrants Trapped by the Criminalization of the Immigration Process

A public conversation with Immigrant Defense Project Deputy Director Mizue Aizeki; Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY); Alina Das, NYU Professor and Co-Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic; Jonathan Jayes-Green, Co-Founder and Director of the UndocuBlack Network; and Alejandra Pablos, activist and immigrant leader facing deportation. The Forum highlights the work of advocates fighting back against the violence of the deportation system and for the rights of immigrants at the intersection of today’s criminal and immigration systems.

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.

Juvenile JusticeSeth Waxman, the 41st Solicitor General of the United States in conversation with Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative.

2015

FREEING THE INNOCENT

MAIP 
IP-NO 

2014

DEFENDING VETERANS’ RIGHTS

JUSTICE FOR VETS

2014

EMPOWERING YOUTH

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECT

2013

EXPANDING LEGAL SERVICES TO THOSE IN NEED

LAW STUDENTS IN COURT
GIDEON’S PROMISE