The forum will bring together formerly imprisoned people and their family members, advocates, lawyers, activists and interested community members, to discuss and workshop effective measures and strategies for social justice for imprisoned people, and a reduction in rates of recidivism. The forum will have a strong focus on Indigenous women’s experiences of the
criminal justice system.
Speakers include Rachel Herzing, (Creative Interventions, USA), Cassandra Shaylor (Critical Resistance, USA), Kim Pate (Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, Canada), Debbie Kilroy (Sisters Inside, QLD), Antoinette Braybrook (Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention Legal Service, VIC), Vicki Roach (human rights advocate and activist, VIC), and other men
and women with the lived experience of imprisonment.
Who Should Attend? Organisers of this forum are prioritising involvement from people most impacted by imprisonment and related issues; men and women who have been imprisoned or their family members, Indigenous people, culturally and linguistically diverse community members, consumers of the mental health system, and others.
About FVPLS Victoria, CHRIP and Flat Out: FVPLS Victoria was established in October 2002 to provide assistance to victims of family violence and sexual assault and to work with families and communities affected by violence. Flat Out has been in operation since 1988 and is a state wide
service that provides housing and re-integration support to women leaving prison. CHRIP is a project of Flat Out that aims to build the capacity of organisations that provide advocacy and support to prisoners, and establish a dedicated Prisoners’ Legal Service in Victoria.
Please find a flier and registration form attached, numbers are limited so
interested people should RSVP as soon as possible.
On the evening of the forum (Thursday 10th September) we will be holding a
celebration evening with a film screening, prisoner art show, and music.
More details to come.