How do movements for abolition of mandatory reporting and family policing intersect with larger movements for abolition of the criminal legal system? In this conversation, Erin Miles Cloud (Movement for Family Power), Jasmine Wali (JMac for Families) and Shannon Perez-Darby (Mandatory Reporting is Not Neutral Project) will discuss the history of and harms associated with mandatory reporting; its role in policing Black, brown, and indigenous families; and how together we can abolish mandatory reporting while building strong, safe, and connected communities.
About the Speakers
Erin Miles Cloud is the co-director/co-founder of Movement for Family Power, and a former family defense public defender. She is Baltimore born, and Bronx living. She is the mother of two beautiful children.
A founding member of the Accountable Communities Consortium, Shannon Perez-Darby is a queer, mixed-race, Latina, anti-violence advocate and author working to create the conditions to support loving, equitable relationships and communities. Shannon Perez-Darby centers queer and trans communities of color while working to address issues of domestic and sexual violence, accountability, mandatory reporting harm reduction, and abolition.
Dean Spade has been working in movements to build queer and trans liberation based in racial and economic justice for the past two decades. He is a Professor at Seattle University School of Law and the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law, the director of the documentary “Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!,” and the creator of the mutual aid toolkit at BigDoorBrigade.com. His latest book is Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next).
Jasmine Wali is Director of Advocacy at JMAC For Families, which works to abolish the current punitive child welfare system and to strengthen the systems of supports that keep families and communities together. She has worked in the nonprofit and education sector around the foster system for nearly a decade. She received her MSW from Columbia University with a policy emphasis. She was a Fisher Cummings Fellow, working at the federal Office on Trafficking in Persons and served on the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse project committee to make program eligibility recommendations for federal funding. Her lens on the Family Regulation System is shaped by her experiences on a personal, direct service, and policy level.
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This event is made possible by the Patricia Wismer Professorship in Gender and Diversity at Seattle University.