Other NCDBW Webinars Recordings

Webinars posted here are about important topics that are not included in the Reentry or Expert Witness series

#1 — Why Opposing Hyper-Incarceration Should be Central to the Work of the Anti-Domestic Violence Movement

Webinar date: May 12, 2016

Webinar Description: The term "hyper-incarceration" highlights that the tremendous growth in incarceration is concentrated in particular geographic locations (low-income neighborhoods of color) and has concentrated effects felt disproportionately by African Americans. In this webinar, Professor Donna Coker will discuss the enormous growth of the US prison population and the policies and practices that contribute to these high incarcerations rates. She will briefly discuss how survivors end up in prison for crimes that flow from their victimization; the physical and sexual violence perpetrated against individuals who are incarcerated; and the ways victims of DV and/or SA in neighborhoods targeted for surveillance and arrest related to the "war on drugs" fear police intervention. She will then examine some of the larger, less well-known aspects of hyper-incarceration that have dramatic effects on DV and SA. Professor Coker will then discuss collateral consequences that limit the economic and civic opportunities of those with criminal convictions; prison trauma and the deepening of destructive masculinities; and the weakening of a community's social structure, economic viability, and political clout. She will then examine how these harms are tied to increased risks for the occurrence of domestic violence. She will then discuss how these connections between hyper-incarceration and DV and SA should impact the work we do.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Donna Coker is a Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law. Professor Coker's scholarship focuses on criminal law, gender, and inequality. Her research concerns three major areas: the connection between economic vulnerability and domestic violence; restorative justice and other alternative criminal justice interventions; and gender and criminal law doctrine. She was co-chair of the national conference, Converge! Reimagining the Movement to End Gender Violence, held in Miami in 2014. She is the co-author/investigator of a recently published national survey, Responses from the Field: Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Policing, which reports survey results from over 900 service providers and attorneys. She is a board member of Media for Change and co-creator (with Ahjané Macquoid) of the Reimagining the Movement to End Gender Violence web project. Professor Coker has a J.D. (1991) from Stanford Law School, an M.S.W. (1982) from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a B.S.W. (1978) from Harding University. Before attending law school, Professor Coker worked as a social worker/advocate in the domestic violence field for 10 years.

SUGGESTED PARTICIPANTS: Anyone interested in learning more about why the incarceration rates in the United States are among the highest in the world and about the devastating consequences of this "hyper-incarceration" will benefit from this webinar. This may include community- and system-based advocates, criminal justice professionals, and other practitioners.

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This webinar is partially supported by the Family Violence Prevention & Services Program of the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the DHHS.

#2 — Parole

Webinar dates: October 18, 2016, November 1, 2016

Webinar Description: In this two-webinar series, advocates will be introduced to the parole process, with special attention to working with survivors of abuse who are seeking parole. The first webinar will cover the basics of the parole process: what it is, how it differs from commutation, what types of factors parole commissions consider, and the skills needed for successful advocacy of women going up for parole. The second webinar will focus on the nuts and bolts of preparation: how to create a parole packet, building client narratives, addressing gender violence and mental health issues, and preparing the client for the parole hearing.

Presenter's Bios

Leigh Goodmark is a Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Frances King Carey School of Law. Professor Goodmark directs the Gender Violence Clinic, a clinic providing direct representation in matters involving intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, trafficking, and other cases involving gender violence. Professor Goodmark's scholarship focuses on domestic violence. She is the co-editor of Comparative Perspectives on Gender Violence: Lessons from Efforts Worldwide (Oxford 2015) and the author of A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System (New York University 2012), which was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2012. Her work on domestic violence has appeared in numerous journals, law reviews, and publications, including Violence Against Women, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the Yale Journal on Law and Feminism, and Fusion.net. From 2003 to 2014, Professor Goodmark was on the faculty at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she served as Director of Clinical Education and Co-director of the Center on Applied Feminism. From 2000 to 2003, Professor Goodmark was the Director of the Children and Domestic Violence Project at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. Before joining the Center on Children and the Law, Professor Goodmark represented battered women and children in the District of Columbia in custody, visitation, child support, restraining order, and other civil matters. Professor Goodmark is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School.

Lila Meadows is a clinical fellow at University of Baltimore Law School. Lila trains student attorneys in the Mediation Clinic for Families and the Juvenile Justice Project. Prior to joining the faculty at University of Baltimore, Lila worked as an attorney with Second Chance for Women, representing incarcerated clients serving life and long-term determinate sentences in the parole process. As a recipient of the Yale Public Interest Initiative Grant, she worked to ensure her clients received fair and full consideration in the parole process, created resources to help unrepresented clients navigate parole issues, and advocated for changes to the parole and risk assessment process. Before becoming a practicing attorney, Lila received her Masters of Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and worked as an analyst focusing on the administration of mental health services for survivors of trauma. She has worked internationally on issues related to trauma in South Africa, Malawi, and Egypt.

SUGGESTED PARTICIPANTS: Anyone currently working with or planning to work with charged, incarcerated, and reentering women and/or victims of battering will benefit from these webinar. This may include attorneys, community- and system-based advocates, reentry program staff, criminal justice professionals (including probation and parole officers) and community corrections staff.

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This project is supported by Grant No. 2008-TA-AX-K033 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.