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CONFERENCE UPDATE: Wait List Registration



The conference has attracted a lot of attention and we are thrilled.  All this interest however means that we have reached capacity for registration.

We have opened a wait list for those who were unable to register.  Should there be any cancellations or more space becomes available we will move people off the wait list.  This will also help us to plan for future events.

Thank you for all the interest and support.




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 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Adults in Prison Systems
    • Led by Judy Yu, Associate Director, LGBTQ Youth 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




1 Comment

  1. marion says:

    In October 2009 we launched the release of our Family Survival Guide, a comprehensive collection of family stories and helpful resources for people affected by incarceration. We received generous funding from the North Star Fund, The Funding Exchange, Wachtell, Lipton, Katz & Dwyer and other philanthropist agencies to publish the guide.
    We consider this guide “a labor of love,” because it was lovingly created by the formerly incarcerated, friends and family members of the incarcerated, and advocates for justice. We hope to make sure that EVERYONE has access to the guide and can share it with their friends, families, colleagues and anyone who might benefit from the information it contains.
    HOW DO I GET A COPY??? We will mail as many copies as you like at no cost to you to an address of your choice. Contact us at
    FREEFAMILIESINC@GMAIL.COM or call 718-300-9576 and leave your name, phone number, mailing address and the number of guides you are requesting. Don’t miss out on this wonderful resource; people all across the nation have benefitted from the information in our guide. See you at the event! Peace inside and out, FREE!

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