The Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication will facilitate conversation regarding the relationship of restorative justice in the U.S. legal system.
WHAT: Texas Tech University's College of Media & Communication's Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication will host “The Value of Restorative Justice for Latinx and Other BIPOC/Immigrant Communities: A Conversation with Sujatha Baliga.”
WHEN: 9 a.m. Friday (March 25)
WHERE: Room 156, College of Media & Communication, 3003 15th St. The event will also be available via live streaming.
EVENT: Baliga's work is characterized by an equal dedication to crime survivors and people who have caused harm. She speaks publicly and inside prisons about her own experiences as a survivor of child sexual abuse and her path to forgiveness.
A former victim advocate and public defender in New York and New Mexico, Baliga was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship in 2008 which she used to launch a pre-charge restorative juvenile diversion program in Alameda County. Through the Restorative Justice Project Baliga helps communities across the nation implement restorative justice alternatives to juvenile detention and zero-tolerance school discipline policies.
As a Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellow, she also is dedicated to using this approach to end child sexual abuse and intimate partner violence. A 2019 MacArthur Fellow, Baliga is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences. She's been a guest on National Public Radio (NPR) and the Today Show, and The New York Times Magazine and The Atlantic have profiled her work.
"We are pleased to sponsor this event as we believe that Baliga's mission is an important one to all people, especially those within the Latinx, BIPOC, and immigration communities,” said Lucinda Holt, assistant director of the Harris Institute. “This is a conversation we are proud to host as we honor our commitment as a Hispanic-Serving Institution."
The event is sponsored by the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic & International
Communication; Texas Tech University's Honors College; School of Law; Teaching, Learning & Professional Development Center; Office of Institutional Diversity and Student Affairs.
CONTACT: Lucinda Holt
Assistant director, Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication, College of Media & Communication, Texas Tech University firstname.lastname@example.org