Andrea James, Daughters of Justice
Mariame Kaba, Project NIA
Victoria Law, freelance journalist
Herschelle “Hershe” Reaves, Arise for Social Justice
Elias Vitulli, visiting lecturer of gender studies at Mount Holyoke College
While the vast majority of incarcerated people in the US are men, the rate of growth for women's imprisonment has outpaced men by more than 50 percent between 1980 and 2014 and trans women have one of the highest rates of incarceration of any group. As a result, there are 8 times as many women--many of whom are mothers--incarcerated in state and federal prisons and local jails as there were in 1980.
Moreover, women of color, especially black women, are disproportionately incarcerated--at even greater disproportion than among men. Women, and in particular trans women and all women of color, continue to be subjected to high rates of violence, whether intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or transphobic violence, which can also lead to their incarceration.
This panel of local and national activists and scholars will discuss what this increasing rate of incarceration means for women, children, and families, including how to address violence against women in the age of mass incarceration.
More info here: https://www.umass.edu/events/keynote-panel-women
Free public reception. Free parking after 5:00p.m. to the public.