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"(un)FREE": Mass Incarceration, Domestic Violence, and Poverty

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120 South LaSalle Street

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The Economic Justice Work Group invites you to a discussion on the intersections between poverty, violence, gender, incarceration, and racial justice.

Come learn about;

  • How violence, incarceration, and poverty are linked
  • Changing racial and gender demographics
  • The unique legal, social service, and financial needs of impacted individuals and families
  • Available resources
  • How you or your organization can help address these issues

Did You Know?

  • "Women held in local jails represent the fastest growing population of incarcerated people in the US, according to a new study. The researchers found that trauma, sexual violence and mental health issues were all closely wrapped up with the swelling numbers."
  • “Many women leave jail with diminished prospects for physical and behavioral health recovery, with greater parental stress and strain, and even more financially precarious than they were before becoming caught up in the justice system.”
  • "About 80% of the women in jails have dependent children, and the report noted that the fees and fines attached to criminal justice proceedings can have a long-term detrimental on the financial and physical wellbeing of these households. In a majority of these cases, the mother is a single mother."
  • "Eighty-six percent of women in jails reported experiencing sexual violence at some point in their life, roughly four times the rate of women in the US at large."

(https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/17/women-incarceration-rates-growth-study)

Our Speakers:

Alexis Mansfield

Alexis Mansfield is a Supervising Attorney at Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (now part of Cabrini Green Legal Aid.) Alexis has extensive experience providing civil legal assistance to formerly and currently incarcerated survivors of violence.

A graduate of Georgetown University and Northwestern Law School, she previously volunteered/interned with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Chicago Legal Clinic, and the Legal Assistance Foundation. Alexis is also involved with creative projects like the Reunification Ride. This community-centered effort provides transportation and support for children to see their incarcerated parents.

Rachel White Domain

Rachel White-Domain is a lawyer and a passionate advocate for survivors of domestic violence who are incarcerated. She co-leads the Illinois Clemency Project for Battered Women, which advocates for survivors who are incarcerated for killing their abusive partners. She is also a volunteer attorney for Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM), a project of Cabrini Green Legal Aid, which provides family law assistance to incarcerated mothers at Cook County Jail and Illinois state prisons.

Her full-time work is as the Policy Director at the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health (NCDVTMH). Her work at NCDVTMH includes engaging in policy and systems-level advocacy work on behalf of survivors of domestic violence who experience mental health or substance use conditions, including psychiatric disability and addiction. She also developed and leads NCDVTMH’s Trauma-Informed Legal Advocacy (TILA) Project, through which she provides training and consultation to legal advocates and lawyers on using trauma-informed strategies in their interactions with clients. She previously served on the Steering Committee for the National LGBTQ Domestic Violence Capacity Building Learning Center, a joint project of the Northwest Network and the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

The Economic Justice Work Group is a collaboration of individuals and organizations from legal service, social service, domestic violence, economic empowerment, academic, and other fields. We work collaboratively and across sectors to address issues of violence, ameliorate poverty, and uplift communities.

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Kulsum Ameji (LAF) and Theresa DuBois (Family Rescue), Co-Chairs, Economic Justice Work Group





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