Sat, March 8: REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS IN PRISON at Beyond the Bars conference, NYC

Join me, Savanna Stokely of Birthing Behind Bars, and Tamar Kraft-Stolar of the Women in Prison Project for a discussion of the issues around women’s reproductive health and reproductive rights inside prisons, and the reproductive rights issues that feed into the prison industrial complex.

The panelists will share personal stories and discuss their work experience, focusing on current local and national campaigns. Issues that will be discussed include the shackling of women who give birth in prisons and advocacy efforts for women who have lost their right to make decisions about their own reproductive health in states that have criminalized abortion. We will also be among the first to hear about the Correctional Association’s most recent study of the state of women in New York prisons. There will be a moderated discussion among our qualified panelists followed by a Q&A with the audience and opportunities to get involved with the ongoing campaign efforts.

Saturday, March 8th, 2:15 to 3:45 pm
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More about Beyond the Bars:

Beyond the Bars: Moving Forward is the third annual interdisciplinary criminal justice conference brought to you by The Criminal Justice Caucus and The Criminal Justice Initiative at Columbia University School of Social Work in collaboration with students, faculty and community members from across New York City.

The goal of the Beyond the Bars conference is to raise consciousness about current ideas and effort about ending mass incarceration and its consequences. The hope of the conference is bring together the community and the university to engage people in moving forward beyond the bars.

The conference kicks off Friday night with featured speakers Angela Davis, Marc Lamont Hill and Soffiyah Elijah with special guest performers throughout the night. Saturday the conference continues with panels and workshops beginning at 10am (doors open at 9am) and continuing throughout the day until 5:30pm.

The conference will conclude on Sunday afternoon with an event specifically for student groups across NYC working around criminal justice issues. The student group summit will be an exploratory meeting for student groups across the city to come together to discuss the possibility of forming a city wide student initiative.