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Removing the Bars: A Skills-based Conference on Criminal Justice





Removing the Bars: A Skills-based Conference on Criminal Justice

Move beyond issue awareness and build your skills in the Criminal Justice field at our first-ever conference!

Saturday, January 29th, 2011–8:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Columbia University School of Social Work

1255 Amsterdam Ave. (between 121st and 122nd Streets)

[A,B,C or D to 125th; 1 to 125th; M11 or M60 buses]

Workshop leaders and presentations from formerly incarcerated people as well as leading organizations including the Children’s Defense Fund, Osborne Association, St. Luke Roosevelt Hospital, Safe Horizon Mediation Center, Families for Freedom, GEMS, Bronx Defenders, Center for Constitutional Rights and many more!

Questions? Comments?  Email or call 973.271.7579.



8:30 AM – 9:00 AM…….Registration/Light Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM……”Cradle to Prison Pipeline”, Dr. Emma Simpson, Executive Director, Children’s Defense Fund-NY
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM…..Transition to workshops
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM…..Morning workshops
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM……..LUNCH & Lunchtime support groups#
1:15 PM – 2:45 PM……….Panel Discussion: Voices of People in the System
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM………Transition to workshops
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM………Afternoon workshops
4:30 PM – 4:45 PM………Transition to workshops & Afternoon Refreshments
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM………Evening workshops


  • NYS Juvenile Justice System and Policy Advocacy
    • Led by Avery Irons, Children’s Defense Fund-NY
  • NYS Adult Re-entry Systems, Processes & Services
    • Led by John Megaw, Harlem Community Justice Center
  • Problem-solving Courts: Steps to making the change
    • Led by Professor Marcus Redding, Columbia University School of Social Work
  • Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services for Adults & Juveniles
    • Led by Charles Melvin, Center for Comprehensive Care at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital
  • Restorative Justice & Victims’ Services
    • Led by Shannon Grahamm-Smith, Columbia University and Rusa Fischer, Safe Horizon Mediation Center
  • Immigration & the Criminal Justice System
    • Led by Daisy Esqueda, Families for Freedom
  • Understanding the unique issues of girls & women: Sex trafficking & Abuse
    • Led by Lynn Yew, GEMS
  • Uniques issues of LGBTQ people in the CJ/Prison systems
    • Led by Judy Yu, Correctional Association of NY-Juvenile Justice Project, LGBTQ Issues
  • Policing communities of color: Stop & Frisk in NYC
    • Led by Darius Charney, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Supporting People with Loved Ones in Prison
    • Led by Professor Carol Shapiro, Columbia University
  • Breaking Barriers to Education & Employment for Formerly Incarcerated People
    • Led by Ronald Day, Osborn Association and Nicole White, College Initiative
  • Benefits & Voting Rights of Formerly Incarcerated People
    • Led by Kate Rubin, Bronx Defenders
  • School to Prison Pipeline
    • Led by Hiram Rivera and a group of youth, Urban Youth Collaborative
  • Positive Youth Development: Working with Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
    • Ruben Austria, Community Connections for Youth



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