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The Racial Justice Initiative of TimeBanks USA is seeking to compel officials to look at alternative intervention options within the fields of juvenile justice, child welfare, special education, and other systems that affect vulnerable children.

Charles Ogletree, Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School

Excerpts from the PA State Senate and House Hearings of Juvenile Justice Reform

“On behalf of myself and the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, I applaud the work Edgar Cahn and Cynthia Robbins, organizers of the TimeBanks USA Racial Justice Initiative.  Their efforts are not only consistent with the work of our Institute but are fitting legacy of the work of Charles Hamilton Houston himself, who taught us all the wisdom of well-crafted legal strategies for eliminating injustice… I look forward to finding creative opportunities to contribute to and benefit from the effort to craft strategies that will dismantle the system of inequity facing our young people today.”

Colloquium Topics Include:

·documenting the social and economic costs to all caused by structural racism in these public systems

·showcasing what works to secure just outcomes for young people, their families and the broader community

·strategies to shut down the “school to prison pipeline”

Presenters Include:

·Dorothy E. Roberts, Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law Professor of Law, Northwestern Law School

·Richard Wexler, Executive Director, National Coalition for Child Protection Reform

·Oronde A. Miller, Senior Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy

·Mimi Laver, ABA, National Project to Improve Representation for Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System

·Robert Ward, Dean, University of Massachusetts School of Law – Dartmouth

·Cynthia Robbins, Co-Leader & Co-Founder, Racial Justice Initiative of TimeBanks USA

·Edgar S. Cahn, Professor, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Founder, TimeBanks USA & Fellow, Ashoka

·Lisa Conlan-Lewis, Executive Director, Rhode Island TimeBanks

·Cathy Ciano, Executive Director, Parent Support Network of Rhode Island