Author & Activist
A graduate student of political philosopher Herbert Marcuse
at Brandeis University, Davis became a member of the Communist
Party and a controversial activist. In 1971, she was charged
with the Soledad Brothers murders in Marin County. The trial
sparked an international campaign in support of her innocence
and she was acquitted. A distinguished teacher and writer, author
of recently released book "Are Prisons Obsolete"
Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
Kim is the executive Director of the Canadian Association of
Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS). The CAEFS is a federation of
autonomous societies which works with, and on behalf of, women
involved with the justice system, particularly women in conflict
with the law.
Dr. Erica R. Meiners
Author & Activist
Based in Chicago, I am in involved with a number of initiatives
working for justice.
With others, I am a starter, and still a teacher and a coordinator,
of an alternative high school for men and women who have been
incarcerated, St. Leonard's Adult High School. In 2009, I co-authored
the first LGBTQ audit of teacher education programs in the U.S.
Visibility Matters. I collaborated to develop Women and Prison:
A Site of Resistance and TAME: Teachers Against Militarized
I am the author of
a number of books: Right to be hostile: Schools, prisons and
the making of public enemies (Routledge 2007), Public acts:
Disruptive readings on making curriculum public with Francisco
Ibáñez-Carrasco (Routledge 2004), and my new book
with Therese Quinn, is Flaunt It! Queers organizing for public
education and justice. I also write articles in a range of publications
including AREA Chicago, ReThinking Schools, International Journal
of Qualitative Studies in Education, Meridians, and Upping the
Anti. Check out my article in the latest issue of Radical Teacher.
I blog about resistances, Canadiana and pop cultures for MS
Work with allies
in Chicago about the lives and organizing of undocumented youth
is out, including a piece in Social Justice Journal, and Academe.
I will be a sister at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute in Montreal,
continuing work on fear, childhood and protection. I am also
facilitating/participating in a Communiversity through Project
NIA and the Chicago Freedom School.
My day job is a Professor of Education and Women's Studies at
Northeastern Illinois University - a public, urban institution
in Chicago where I am also a union member of UPI. I am into
making jam, trying to keep my bees alive, all kinds of music,
and long distance running.
University of California
Gina is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at UC Santa Cruz,
having previously taught at Princeton, Columbia, and UC Berkeley.
She has published on African American literature and art, and
also works on African American women and the prison-industrial
Shaylor is an attorney and activist based in Oakland, CA. She
is the co-founder of Justice Now, an abolitionist organization
and training center focused on people in US women's prisons.
Her academic work focuses on issues of women in prison, abolition,
and the intersections of race, sexuality and gender in the prison-industrial
complex. Prior to co-founding Justice Now, she was a staff attorney
at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children. Over the years
she has been active with numerous anti-prison organizations,
including co-founding Critical Resistance and organizing with
the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. She received her
BA from Smith College, a JD from Washington College of Law and
a PhD from the Department of History of Consciousness at UC
Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria
Antoinette in the CEO of the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention
and Legal Service in Victoria. Antoinette is an Aborginal woman
who was born in Victoria on Wurundjeri country. Antoinette's
grandfather and mothers line is through the Kuku Yalangi, North
Queensland. Antoinette graduated Bachelor of Laws at Deakin
Unviersity in 2000 and was admitted as a Legal Practitioner
in Victoria in 2004. Antoinette has and continues to work with
Aboriginal women in prison to identify and secure funding to
establish an organisation to advocate for the rights of women
in the criminal justice system in Victoria.
Sisters Inside Inc.
Debbie Kilroy OAM, BSocWk, former Prisoner, Psychotherapist,
practicing lawyer, Australian Human Rights Medal, and CEO of
Sisters Inside, a community organisation that advocates for
the human rights of women in the Criminal Justice System. Debbie
continues to be a strong activist, locally nationally and internationally,
on issues relating to prison abolition. Debbie is the first
former prisoner in Australia to be admitted to practise law.
Wik Projects Ltd
Born in Aurukun and educated there, in Cairns and Melbourne,
Gina Castelain is a 27 year old Wik and Wik Waya woman whose
traditional country includes the Aurukun wetlands (which are
the subject of the Archer Basin Wild River Declaration) and
the rich bauxite deposits north of Aurukun. Her mother, Norma
Chevathun, was a prominent indigenous leader in the 1980s and
90s and one of the original Wik native title claimants.
Gina's parents instilled
in her the importance of both a strong sense of her identity
as an Aboriginal person and the need to succeed in mainstream
society. As a result, Gina moves easily between two very different
worlds. Gina is managing director of Wik Projects Ltd, an organisation
set up by Wik and Wik Waya traditional owners to articulate
their aspirations, represent their interests and pursue sustainable
economic development opportunities on their country - opportunities
which provide better socio-economic outcomes for Aboriginal
people and reflect cultural and environmental values important
to traditional owners.
Wik Projects currently
supports two local indigenous businesses that operate for the
benefit of the communities of the western Cape, Aurukun Wetland
Charters (an eco-tourism businesses operating on the Aurukun
wetlands) and Aurukun Earthmoving (which provides contract earthmoving
mainly to Rio Tinto's bauxite mine and to Queensland's Main
Roads department). Wik Projects is also developing a proposal
to harvest timber from the bauxite mining lease areas north
of Aurukun - reducing carbon emissions by using a resource which
would otherwise be bulldozed and burnt, and enabling traditional
owners to be actively engaged in the rehabilitation of their
country after mining is finished.
Gina believes that
everyone should have the opportunity to realise their aspirations
and that this principle should apply as much to Aboriginal people
as anyone else. For decades, the lives of Aboriginal people
in Aurukun were controlled first by missionaries and then by
government. For Gina, building an economic base will only happen
if Aboriginal people and their organisations are empowered and
supported, at the local level, to build it.
Dr Eileen Baldry
University of NSW
Dr Eileen Baldry, the winner of the 2009 Justice Medal, has
a reputation as an outstanding and extraordinarily engaged academic
and activist. Says one colleague: "It doesn't matter where
you go or what you do in the field of criminal justice, she
is either there or has been there." Currently an Associate
Professor at the University of NSW, Dr Baldry has made a major
contribution over decades to improving access to justice for
prisoners and people with mental disability or cognitive impairment
in the criminal justice system. Her work is recognised where
it matters, by the government agencies making policy affecting
these groups, and by the various organisations providing services
to those in need.
Bree Carlton has undertaken extensive research and published
widely in the area of history and prison studies nationally
& internationally. To date Dr Carlton has published articles
in journals such as Current Issues in Criminal Justice, Social
Justice and the Prison Service Journal. In 2005 Dr Carlton was
a recipient of the Australian Academy of Humanities Travelling
Fellowship for her research on women and political imprisonment
in Northern Ireland. Her current research is focused on prisoner
survival after release in Victoria. Dr Carlton's book, Imprisoning
Resistance: Life and Death in an Australian Supermax, was published
by the Sydney Institute of Criminology Series in 2007 and nominated
in the True Crime category of the 8th Davitt Awards in 2008.
Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Corporation Women's Centre
is a descendant of the Gurang Gurang people of south east Queensland,
Australia. Born in Brisbane, Dixie moved to Sydney over 30 years
ago. Dixie joined Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Corporation, Women's
Centre in 1991 as a founding member, supporter and employee.
She has held the position of CEO since 2005. From the start
of her career, Dixie has been focused on supporting and advocating
for change for women living in domestic and family violence
lifestyles. Throughout her 23 year career, Dixie has been and
is committed to raising awareness through community based, accessible
education programs. Sharing these experiences has laid the foundations
for the 'Blackout Violence' program and Dixie's ongoing commitment
and advocacy against domestic and family violence. Dixie is
one of a small handful of Aboriginal women who pioneered with
non-Indigenous sisters pursuing domestic violence court assistance
programs in NSW. Never turning away from the hard issues, the
challenges that Dixie faces are quickly turned into opportunities
for positive change, enabling women and families to pursue safe
lives. Throughout her career, Dixie has been widely recognised
by Government, community groups and various learning institutions
for her advocacy and education against violence. Dixie has six
children and is the proud grandmother of 14 grandchildren.
Cultural development worker, writer and educator
Paula Abood is a community cultural development worker, writer
and educator. She has worked with immigrant and refugee communities
on storytelling projects including 'Huriyya and her Sisters',
'The Afghan Women's Dobaiti Project' and 'The Book of African
Australian Stories'. She received a Western Sydney Artists'
Fellowship in 2007 for the blogging project 'Race and the City'.
Masters in Aboriginal Studies (Social and Emotional Wellbeing)
Rhonda is based in Redfern Sydney the Heartland of the Black
Australian Political Movement, the Daughter of Dr Charles 'Chicka'
Dixon Aboriginal Social Justice and Human Rights Activist. Rhonda
is currently working towards a PhD in Indigenous Leadership
and the Decolonisation of Indigenous Peoples, who have historically
faced the racist legislations imposed on them by the Australian
Government, that controlled every aspect of their daily lives.
Rhonda is passionate about addressing the high incarnation rates
of Indigenous Women in the Jail systems, by providing an alternative
option to incarceration, through the provision of Culturally
appropriate Programs focussed on Indigenous Education and Training
,through Women's Circles, Counselling and therapeutic programs
with a specific focus on addressing the problems of Drug and
Alcohol, Mental Health, Domestic Violence, Communication Skills,
history of Colonisation, loss of Cultural and Identity and Social
exclusion etc Rhonda has many years experience as an Indigenous
Mediator with the Attorney Generals Department and has worked
as an Indigenous Consultant with Mental Health Association to
better inform the mainstream Mental Health System of the needs
of Indigenous Communities
PROGRAM & MAP
CATCH-UP - INTERNATIONAL
PANEL EVENT - PAPERS