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Thursday, October 29 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM [EST]
Thursday, October 29 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM [EST]
This is part of our Race, Responsibility and Reconciliation Series
Join us for a Community Conversation with Helena D. Lewis, DSW, LCSW, reentry specialist and special guests.
On October 19, NJ Governor, Phil Murphy, signed a bill that will release thousands of New Jersey prisoners due to the danger posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Join us to learn about resources available for these returning citizens
More information and resources on our Community Conversations can be found here: https://naswnj.socialworkers.org/News/Community-Resources
Additionally, more information and resources on our Race, Responsibility, and Reconciliation series can be found here: https://naswnj.socialworkers.org/News/Race-and-Justice
This program is not eligible for CEUs
For more information, contact Helen French at email@example.com
Helena D. Lewis is a theatrical scholar-practitioner who uses qualitative research and social work theories to illuminate the nuances of social justice issues that impact marginalized and incarcerated voices. After obtaining her BA in Biology from Rutgers University, Helena developed, implemented and supervised a drop-in center for sex workers with substance use disorders (SUD) for the Community At Risk Reduction (CARR) Program in Newark, New Jersey and helped develop a vocational rehabilitation component for a Department of Corrections (DOC) Residential Community Release Program (RCRP) for women. Helena spent three years working on a CDC/HRSA Correctional Demonstration Project providing prevention case management to HIV positive male inmates. She is the former program manager of three transitional housing programs for formerly incarcerated men and women and is currently the SUD Treatment Director for a residential facility for women inmates. Helena is also the Internship Coordinator at William Paterson University and has taught Introduction to Human Services, Field Work in Social Services and Criminology Criminal Justice Fieldwork. She obtained her Doctor in Social Work (DSW) from Rutgers University School of Social Work. Helena’s research interests include topics related to incarcerated women focusing on grief and loss and the intersectionality of autoethnography and theater.
Ms. Carmona is the co-owner of Second Chance Opportunity Reintegration Entity Systems, LLC (SCORES, LLC). SCORES, LLC was created on the basis of second chances, providing each individual impacted by incarceration and addiction with services that include employment, mentorship, case management and advocacy. Priscilla understands firsthand the impact of being involved in the criminal justice system. When she was 19 years old, she faced insurmountable consequences of being an unsupervised, delinquent and an abandoned youth. Priscilla is an advocate on both micro and macro levels, providing direct client services as well as collaborating with political and community stakeholders for laws that will change the face of reintegration.
Ms. Fulmore is the New Jersey Reentry Corporation. (NJRC) facility director in Passaic County, located in Paterson, NJ. NJRC has nine sites throughout the state of New Jersey and has assisted over 6,000 court involved returning citizens, providing vital services such as identification, legal services, job readiness and employment, transportation, and a direct link to addiction, mental and medical health services and other services.
As a previously incarcerated person, Lydia Thornton, knows first hands the pains of incarceration and the challenges faced by individuals once they are released from prison. Ms. Thornton experiences has given her a unique perspective on every level of confinement in the New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC) and understands the nuances of a system that does little to prepare one for successful reentry. Ms. Thornton currently works for New Jersey Prison Justice Watch (NJ-PJW), Latino Action Network (LAN), and multiple agencies
Ms. Tomé currently serves as the Director of Reentry and Accreditation Services for the New Jersey Association on Correction (NJAC). Ms. Tomé is the primary program evaluator and contract compliance monitor ensuring compliance with all American Correctional Association and Prison Rape Elimination Act standards. She has several years of experience writing, planning, and recommending policies, procedures, and training which further the objectives of the agency and mission of helping people build a future.
Ms. Tome has been a Board of Trustees member for the Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association (MASCA) since 2009 where she is the current Vice President of the Organization. She has been a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA) since 2005 and is a former ACA auditor. Additionally, she is the Recording Secretary for the New Jersey Chapter of the American Correctional Association and the Vice President of the Reentry Coalition of NJ.
Justice is a social justice and criminal advocate who spent time in prison where he earned a paralegal degree and represented other prisoners through consultation and legal assistance. Justice currently serves on the Essex County Correctional Facility Civilian Task Force.
Cathy is employed at the Urban League of Union County and serves as the Program Director of the Reconnections Program – Union County Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative. In her role, Cathy works closely with leaders and staff of federal, state, local and community based organizations, community leaders and employers to ensure that resources are in place for the returned citizens to truly have a second chance at becoming self-sufficient.
Prior to transitioning to the Urban League Cathy served as Coordinator of the Union County Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative at United Way of Greater Union County and Union County College. Additionally, she was employed at First Baptist Community Development Corporation (Central Jersey CDC) where she served as Job Developer of the STRIVE Program. STRIVE is a national and international training program that leads individuals receiving social service benefits and the Re-Entry population, to self-sufficiency.
She served as Chairwoman of the Steering Committee for the Union County Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative, Central Jersey Job Developer, Executive Board Member and is currently the Chairwoman of the Union County Re-Entry Task Force.
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