NEW YORK, NEW YORK- On Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., a collaborative of New York University (NYU) Silver School of Social Work student groups will host a symposium, “Cross Cultural Social Work in the Criminal Justice System,” on the University campus campus. Social Workers on Public Policy, Students of Color Collective, Student Collective of Global Social Work, Pride In Practice, and U+Me have developed a daylong program of panel discussions. Each panel will examine social justice issues within the criminal justice system related to oppression, immigration, sexuality and policy change with an aim to promote and raise awareness of social justice. The aim is to empower individuals, educate the general community, and open a dialogue with policy makers, social workers and community organizers who are working in criminal justice. Panelists will include representatives and/or officials from Families for Freedom, the Vera Institute of Justice, the Drug Policy Alliance, Communities United for Police Reform, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the Office of the Appellate Defenders, New York City Council, and the New York City Department of Probation.
Glenn E. Martin, Vice President of Development and Public Affairs for The Fortune Society will be the keynote speaker. The symposium has been funded by an NYU Social Justice Diversity Grant, and will take place in New York University’s Multipurpose Room, Palladium Hall, 140 East 14th Street. Admission is free and is open to the NYU community as well as the general public. Breakfast and lunch will also be provided. To register, or for questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> .
April 13 Schedule of Events
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. – Registration/Check in. Light breakfast.
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. – Welcome and Introduction – Dr. Lynn Videka, Dean of the Silver School of Social Work & Mary Pender Greene, LCSW-R, ACSW
10:15 – 11:00 a.m. – Keynote Speaker – Glenn E. Martin, Vice President of Development and Public Affairs at The Fortune Society, Inc.
11:00 – 11:10 Break
11:10 – 12:10 – Panel: Immigrant and Refugee Populations, sponsored by the Student Collective of Global Social Work. Panelists: Qudsiya Naqui, Immigration Specialist at Vera Institute for Justice, Donald Anthonyson, organizer at Families for Freedom, Luis Argueta, Director of adUSed: The Postville Raid.
12:10 – 1:10 – Panel: Stop and Frisk, sponsored by Students for Color Collective. Panelists: Joo-Hyun, Director of Communities United for Police Reform and Kassandra Frederique, Policy Coordinator at Drug Policy Alliance
1:10 – 2:25 – Lunch (provided onsite)
2:25 – 3:25 – Panel: Transgender Populations in Prison sponsored by Pride in Practice. A panel including Alisha Williams from Slyvia Rivera Law Project.
3:25 – 4:25 - Panel: Macro Change Within Systems sponsored by Social Workers on Public Policy. Panel features Vincent Schiraldi, Commissioner of NYC Department of Probation, Nicole Rochat, Director of Social Work at the Office of the Appellate Defenders, Jumaane D. Williams, Brooklyn City Council Member.
4:30 – 5:00 – Closing Remarks presented by Shoshana Brown, LMSW
Keynote speaker Glenn Martin is responsible for developing and advancing The Fortune Society’s policy advocacy agenda and providing leadership over the agency’s Development and Communication Units. Mr. Martin works to create partnerships with other advocates and policymakers to advance criminal justice policy reforms that serve to remove counterproductive practical and statutory roadblocks facing people who are working to reintegrate into society.