Through an international symposium in Canada, this project will set a research agenda to explore prisons as environmental health settings for children of incarcerated mothers. The goal of the project is to improve the intergenerational health outcomes of both incarcerated mothers and their children and to also explore human rights through a settings-based approach. The project team has already identified several funding opportunities and an advisory team in support of this project.
Knowledge Leader Team: Samantha Sarra, Kirsten Hargreaves.
March 2013 -Thanks to generous funding provided by the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, on May 5th, 2013, 20 delegates from five different continents will come to UBC in Vancouver to engage in a six day intensive roundtable entitled: Bonding Through Bars. Our purpose is to explore the health and human rights of incarnated women and their children, and to develop an action plan. The state of Canada’s prison, legal and child welfare system will be at the forefront of this dialogue and the International Roundtable is a prime opportunity to influence decision making in Canada on the laws, policies and programs that affect these families and our communities as a whole.
Honoured delegates include pioneering international visionaries such as Pushpa Basnet (founder of Butterfly home Nepal and 2012 CNN hero of the year), Chesa Boudin (author, lawyer, Rhodes Scholar and child rights expert), Sharon Content (founder of Children of Promise) and activist, Sharon McIvor who successfully challenged the Federal Government to amend the Indian Act, (the “McIvor” amendments). To maximize the reach of this unprecedented week, we are launching a strong media campaign, including press events, a public film screening as part of the DOXA film festival and documentary interviews.
For more information contact: Samantha Sarra at firstname.lastname@example.org
Speakers Event: A Panel of international visionaries share how they are working to change the lives and paths of children whose parents are living behind bars: May 8, 2013 , Vancouver, BC
Film Screening Event: No Burqas Behind Bars – http://doxafestival.ca/festival/films/burqas, May 10, 2013, Vancouver, BC