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Friday, November 8 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Changing the Narrative about the Criminal Punishment System & Race

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Reforming the criminal punishment system is now a bipartisan priority with public support in red states and blue. Changing the narrative about the people who defenders and legal aid attorneys represent and the communities from which they come has been key to creating an environment conducive to reform. This session will explore the role of public defenders, advocacy groups, and the media in changing how we talk and think about the criminal punishment system and the people trapped in it and how changing the narrative has led to policy reform and improved client representation.

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Senior Policy Attorney, New York County Defender Services
Andrea Nieves is a senior policy attorney at New York County Defender Services, a public defender office in Manhattan, where she advocates for criminal legal system policy reform before the city and state. She previously worked as a capital defense attorney at both the Center for... Read More →


Asia Johnson

Detroit Client Advocate, The Bail Project
Asia Johnson is an essayist, poet, and filmmaker from Detroit, Michigan. She exercises her creativity through these mediums giving the audience a raw glimpse into what it's like to be an incarcerated, broken-hearted, lost young woman. Because she wants to blaze a path for young girls... Read More →

Rabiah Burks

Director of Communications, Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Rabiah Alicia Burks is a media relations, communications, and marketing strategist who has dedicated her career to educating the public about criminal justice reform issues through traditional and non-traditional methods. Rabiah regularly pitches and secures major media placements... Read More →

Vaidya Gullapalli

Curator of The Daily Appeal and Senior Legal Counsel, The Justice Collaborative
Vaidya Gullapalli is a senior contributor at The Appeal and one of the authors of the Daily Appeal, a newsletter that provides original commentary and analysis on pressing criminal legal system issues of the day. She is also a senior legal counsel at The Justice Collaborative. Vaidya... Read More →

Marie Ndiaye

Supervising Attorney, Decarceration Project, Legal Aid Society
Marie Ndiaye is the supervising attorney of the Decarceration Project at the Legal Aid Society. The Decarceration Project is a litigation and policy initiative dedicated to ending the pretrial detention of low-income New Yorkers and eradicating the criminal justice system’s disproportionate... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am EST
Mackinac Ballroom East 5th Floor