Talk: Reproductive Justice and Mass Criminalization of Black and Brown Women

Event Details

November 19, 2013
1:00 pm

Campus Center

Room: 803

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Deborah Reiter

Black and brown women are the fastest growing population within our criminal justice system. In the United States penal system, more than 5 percent of women arrested are pregnant. What are the needs of this growing population around the right to have a child, the right to not have a child and the right to parent their children? Tina Reynolds will discuss reproductive justice looking through a human rights lens and the impact of criminalization on black and brown women.
Reynolds is the co-founder and executive director of Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH), a nonprofit organization in New York City that works with currently and formerly incarcerated women to confront barriers they and their families face during and after prison. This event is part of the  Five College Public Policy Initiative's Social Justice Practitioner-in-Residence Program and is co-sponsored by the Commonwealth Honors College and Social Thought and Political Economy.