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We Are All Criminals

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  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, August 6, 2020
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $99 for individuals or $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.

Your Training Description

While one in four people in the U.S. has a criminal record, four in four have a criminal history. Our nation’s policies, policing, and prosecution have a disparate impact upon Black people, people of color, people experiencing poverty, and Indigenous people resulting in higher rates and weights of criminal records. Permanent and public criminal records perpetuate inequities, precluding millions of people from countless opportunities to move on and move up. Young people, directly and indirectly, are increasingly affected.

We Are All Criminals questions the wisdom, sustainability, and humanity in those policies and practices. You will find this training to be a catalyst for conversations about race, class, crime, privilege, punishment, and second chances. This training will provide insight to help you understand how your role as a youth worker impacts social justice.

Join us for a unique and eye-opening perspective. Through first-person narrative, photography, law, and statistics, We Are All Criminals seeks to challenge concepts of criminality and justice. Your trainer, Emily Baxter, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to deliver this thought-provoking subject in a clear and engaging manner.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Identify injustices that permeate our criminal and juvenile justice systems
  • Recognize the role that race and class play in our systems of justice and reentry
  • Consider how your perspective changes when you understand the unequal application of justice
  • Gain insight into the humanity of individuals currently and formerly incarcerated, and those with criminal records

Your Trainer

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Emily Baxter is the founder and executive director of We Are All Criminals. Prior to this, Emily served as the director of public policy at the Council on Crime and Justice and as an assistant public defender at the Regional Native Public Defense Corporation representing members of the Leech Lake and White Earth Bands of Ojibwe charged with crimes in Minnesota State court. Emily is a former fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School; she began developing We Are All Criminals through an Archibald Bush Leadership Fellowship in 2012. She now lives in Durham, North Carolina, where she serves as the director of the NC Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty in recognition that our legal system will never be just so long as death is on the table.

Your Competency Focus Area

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Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT.

You'll raise your awareness to appreciate diversity, foster equity, ensure inclusion, recognize and address bias and prejudice, and cultivate respect for all cultures.

Your Training Details

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, August 6, 2020
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $99 for individuals or $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.
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