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COMMUNITY CONVERSATION EXAMINES WHAT SURVIVORS AND VICTIMS OF CRIME AND THE CARCERAL SYSTEM WANT AND NEED FOR RECOVERY.

LA District Attorney Accountability Coalition (DAAC) hosts a public conversation that incorporates individuals with lived experience as survivors of crime and the criminal legal system, trauma-informed care expertise, legal academic expertise, and more to discuss how our system can better serve victims and survivors.

WHO: 

  • Lex Steppling, Dignity & Power Now (Moderator)
  • Jody David Armour, Author and USC School of Law (Speaker)
  • Susan Bustamante, California Coalition for Women Prisoners (Speaker)
  • Helen Jones, Dignity & Power Now (Speaker)
  • Susan Hess, Unchained Scholars and Trauma Informed LA (Speaker)
  • Alyesha Wise, Poet, Spoken Literature Art Movement (Artist)

WHEN: Tuesday, March 30th from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

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WHERE: Virtual Event. Register at: https://bit.ly/3reCsbn

WHAT: This Community Conversation will be a discussion featuring individual survivors of violent crime and the criminal legal system. Our panelists will discuss the ways in which calls for "victims rights" have been used to advance a tough-on-crime, pro-carceral agenda; offer more nuanced perspectives on what survivors of crime often want when it comes to accountability and public safety; and share what has helped them heal.

Co-Sponsors: ACLU SoCal, Trauma Informed LA, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Urban League, Essie Justice Group, Smart Justice CA, LA Forward, League of Women Voters of LA County, Dignity & Power Now, Loyola Law School — Project for the Innocent, Unchained Scholars, LA Progressive.

The DA Accountability Coalition is a grassroots coalition of local organizations committed to educating and inspiring our communities around justice system reform and dedicated to promoting greater accountability within the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. Learn more at https://www.ladaac.org/.

CONTACT: Summer Lacey, Director of Criminal Justice, ACLU of Southern California • (213) 977-5224 • SLacey@aclusocal.org