Our justice system disproportionately polices, prosecutes, and incarcerates poor people and people of color. Increasingly, the United States also addresses civil immigration matters with the machinery of the criminal legal system, rounding up, imprisoning, and deporting individuals to often dangerous environments. Meanwhile, commercial interests ranging from the bail bond industry to prisoner transport companies skew outcomes and undermine public safety. With the Trump Administration pursuing "tough on crime" and anti-immigrant policies, these issues are more urgent than ever. In this session led by our Director, Bianca Tylek, and Chiraag Bains, Director of Legal Strategies at Demos, participants broke out into three groups to discuss recent intersectional issues related to criminal justice: (1) Criminalization of undocumented status and its separation of families, (2) Use of the police as a legitimizing force for racism, and (3) Consideration of women at the margins of the #metoo movement.
This workshop was held as part of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans 20th Reunion Conference. The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans is a merit-based fellowship exclusively for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Both presenters are former fellows of the program.