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From Punishment to Wellness: A Public Health Approach to Women and the War on Drugs

Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH)

Monday, May 20, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

New York, NY

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More than a failure, the war on drugs has swollen the prison population, left millions of people with criminal records and damaged communities. This one-day conference, organized by formerly incarcerated women, policy experts and community activists, will offer practical examples of public health alternatives.
 

We will examine how to address fundamental social issues—including race, gender and class inequities—by viewing individuals within the context of communities.

Organizing discussion around prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and safety, we will focus on what works, what’s just, and what can reverse the crisis of incarceration and mass criminalization, particularly as these affect women.

 

Speakers include:

Asha Bandele, MFA Rev. Vivian D. Nixon, College and Community Fellowship
Anne Elliott, Ph.D, Greenhope Services for Women Laura Notini, Empire State NORML
Hon. Jo Anne Ferdinand, Kings County Supreme Court Lynn Paltrow, JD, National Advocates for Pregnant Women
Moya Brown, MPH, Harm Reduction Coalition Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin, MSW, Women's Prison Assoc.
Kirstin Cornnell, Delaware Coalition for Justice Tracy Pugh, MHS, New York Academy of Medicine
Robert Cordero, MA, CitiWide Harm Reduction Tina Reynolds, MSW, WORTH
Annette Warren-Dickerson, Center for Constitutional Rights Lynn Roberts, Ph.D, Hunter College
Tanisha Douglas, MSW, Center for Community Alternatives Edward-Yemil Rosario, Correctional Assoc. of New York
Ernest Drucker, Ph.D, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Jesenia A. Santana, MIA, STEPS
Tracie Gardner, Legal Action Center Gabriel Sayegh, JD, Drug Policy Alliance
Deon Haywood, Women with a Vision Vanda Seward, Ph.D, NYS Dept. of Corrections & Community Supervision
Howard Josepher, LCSW, Exponents Waheedah Shabazz-El, U.S. Positive Women's Network
Glenn E. Martin, Fortune Society Quentin Walcott, CONNECT
Robin McGinty, MA, CUNY Graduate Center Marsha Weissman, MPA, Center for Community Alternatives
Evelyn Milan, VOCAL Sharon White-Harrigan, Drew House
Onaje Mu'id, MSW, Reality House  

 

Community Partners: Columbia University Criminal Justice Initiative, College & Community Fellowship, Center for Community Alternative, Center for Constitutional Rights, Correctional Association of New York, Drug Policy Alliance, Legal Action Center, Legal Action Center’s National H.I.R.E. Network, New York Academy of Medicine, National Advocates for Pregnant Women

 

If your organization would like to table at the event, please contact Mercedes Smith at mercedesb.smith@gmail.com.

 

EVENT SCHEDULE


10:00am – 10:30am
Opening Remarks and Introduction (Library)
* Tina Reynolds – WORTH
* Gabriel Sayegh – Drug Policy Alliance
* Tracy Pugh – New York Academy of Medicine

10:40am – 11:40am
PANEL #1: Aligning Services to Public Health Approach (Library)

Moderator: Asha Bandele – Drug Policy Alliance

Speakers:
* Dr. Kathy Boudin – Women in Prison
* Dr. Anne R. Elliott – Greenhope Services for Women
* Howard Josepher – EXPONENTS
* Marsha Weissman – Center for Community Alternatives

11:50am -1:20pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS #1

Prevention & Treatment (Room 21)

Moderator: Tracie Gardner – Legal Action Center

Speakers:
* Tanisha Douglas – Center for Community Alternatives
* Onaje Mu’id – Reality House
* Jesenia Santana – STEPS
* Sharon White – Housing Plus Solutions
* April Triana and Aniyah Gamble - New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents


Public Safety & Harm Reduction (Room 20A)

Moderator: Dr. Kathy Boudin

Speakers:
* Dr. Ernest Drucker – John Jay College of Criminal Justice
* Hon. Jo Anne Ferdinand - Brooklyn Treatment Court, Criminal Court of the City of New York and Acting Justice
* Evelyn Milan – VOCAL-NY
* Laura Notini - NORML
* Dr. Lynn Roberts – Hunter College
* Dr. Vanda Seward – Dept. of Corrections and Community Supervision

1:20pm – 2:20pm
LUNCH
Theater for Social Change performance

2:30pm – 3:30pm
PANEL #2: Aligning Policy to a Public Health Approach (Library)

Moderator: Glenn Martin – The Fortune Society

Speakers:
* Annette Dickerson – Center for Constitutional Rights
* Tracie Gardner – Legal Action Center
* Rev. Vivian Nixon – College and Community Fellowship
* Lynn Paltrow – National Advocates for Pregnant Women
* Gabriel Sayegh – Drug Policy Alliance

3:40pm – 5:10pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS #2

Prevention & Treatment (Room 21)

Moderator: Laura Whitehorn – HIV/AIDS educator

Speakers:
* Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin – Women’s Prison Association
* Robin McGinty – CUNY Graduate Center
* Eddie Rosario – Correctional Association of New York
* Waheedah Shabazz-El – Positive Women’s Network


Public Safety & Harm Reduction (Room 20A)

Moderator: Annette Dickerson (Tent.)

Speakers:
* Moya Brown – Harm Reduction Coalition
* Kirstin Cornnell – Delaware Center for Justice
* Robert Cordero – CitiWide Harm Reduction
* Deon Haywood – Women with a Vision
* Quentin Walcott – Connect

5:25pm – 5:40pm
Conclusion and Thank You (Library)

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New York Academy of Medicine
1216 5th Ave
New York, NY 10029

Monday, May 20, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT)


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