Defining Justice:
The Experience of Women and Children Behind Bars

November 7, 2017
Los Angeles

Women and children in the criminal justice system often remain outside of the standard narrative around incarceration and its impacts. In the capital of the entertainment world — in a state that has led the charge on decarceration in recent years — The Atlantic sought to unearth these untold stories, bringing together people whose lives have been changed by incarceration with the advocates and entertainers who can give voice to them.

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This event was the second of a three-part Defining Justice series.

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  • Ingrid Archie
    Ingrid Archie Prop 47 Specialist A New Way of Life Reentry Project
  • Attorney General Xavier Becerra
    Attorney General Xavier Becerra State of California
  • Ron Brownstein
    Ron Brownstein Senior Editor The Atlantic
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Ta-Nehisi Coates National Correspondent The Atlantic
  • Valeria De La Torre
    Valeria De La Torre Peer Ambassador POPS the Club
  • Anna Deavere Smith
    Anna Deavere Smith Actress and Producer
  • Ava DuVernay
    Ava DuVernay Filmmaker
  • Shirley Garcia
    Shirley Garcia Peer Mentor Spirit Awakening
  • Esche Jackson
    Esche Jackson Policy Advocate Anti-Recidivism Coalition
  • Bianca Lopez
    Bianca Lopez Peer Ambassador POPS the Club
  • Monique Morris
    Monique Morris Author, Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in School; President and Founder, National Black Women's Justice Institute
  • John Rodriguez
    John Rodriguez Writer and Member POPS the Club
  • Malika Saada Saar*
    Malika Saada Saar* Senior Counsel, Civil and Human Rights Google
  • Kat Secaida
    Kat Secaida Peer Ambassador POPS the Club
  • Janet Soto
    Janet Soto Senior Navigator and Case Manager Homeboy Industries
  • Alison Stewart
    Alison Stewart Contributing Editor The Atlantic
  • Miquelle West
    Miquelle West Celebrity Fashion Stylist
  • Sabra Williams
    Sabra Williams Actress and Co-Founder The Actors' Gang Prison Project


  • Tuesday, November 07
  • 9:00 a.m.Her Story

    Kat Secaida, Peer Ambassador, POPS the Club
    Patrick Garrigan, Executive Director, AtlanticLIVE
  • 9:05 a.m.Race, Gender and NarrativeAva DuVernay, Filmmaker
    With Ta-Nehisi Coates, National Correspondent, The Atlantic; Author, We Were Eight Years In Power
  • 9:30 a.m.Her Story

    Criminalizing Girls of Color
    Bianca Lopez, Peer Ambassador, POPS the Club
    Shirley Garcia, Peer Mentor, Spirit Awakening
    Esche Jackson, Policy Advocate, Anti-Recidivism Coalition
    Monique Morris, Author, Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
    Esche Jackson, Policy Advocate, Anti-Recidivism Coalition
    With Alison Stewart, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic
  • 10:00 a.m.The State of the StateAttorney General Xavier Becerra, State of California
    With Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 10:35 a.m.Her Story

    Staying Connected Through Art
    Shirley Garcia, Spirit Awakening
    John Rodriguez, Writer and Member, POPS the Club
    Miquelle West, Celebrity Fashion Stylist
    With Alison Stewart, The Atlantic
  • 11:00 a.m.Portraying Women in PrisonIngrid Archie, Proposition 47 Specialist, A New Way of Life Reentry Project
    Anna Deavere Smith, Actress and Producer
    Janet Soto, Senior Navigator and Case Manager, Homeboy Industries
    Sabra Williams, Actress and Co-Founder, The Actors’ Gang Prison Project
    With Alison Stewart, The Atlantic
  • 11:30 a.m.Her Story

    Closing Thoughts
    Valeria De La Torre, Peer Ambassador, POPS the Club
    Patrick Garrigan, AtlanticLIVE


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