Date:Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 8:30am to Friday, August 13, 2021 - 12:15pm
2021 Access to Justice Conference
Crisis and Reckoning: A Call to Dismantle Unjust Systems
Watch ACLU-WA Executive Director Michele Storms' keynote, "Justice Begins at Home: Finding the Strength and Care We Need to Fight Injustice in our World."
This year’s theme is Crisis and Reckoning: A Call to Dismantle Unjust Systems. The conference took place virtually August 11-13, 2021.
We came together against the backdrop of the COVID-19 crisis, which has revealed and deepened existing inequalities, and a growing national conversation about systemic racism. To meet the demands of this moment, the conference highlights the work of non-legal community-based organizations, and provides the opportunity for community advocates and legal professionals to build partnerships to advance justice.
The conference focused on six tracks; participants are welcome to move between and combine tracks.
- Racial Justice: Community movements to advance racial justice, combatting anti-Asian hate, building coalition to advance racial equity, intersectional impacts of race and disability and other topics, community engagement, land acknowledgements, and other topics.
- Youth: Racism in schools, combatting the school to prison pipeline, the child welfare system, and holistic representation for youth with disabilities, and other topics
- Immigrant’s Rights: Mutual aid in immigrant communities, grassroots advocacy and access to legal services, and other topics.
- Criminal Justice and Reentry: Reentry after long periods of incarceration, alternatives to the criminal legal system, legal financial obligations, restorative justice, healing families impacted by incarceration, and other topics
- Gender Justice: Serving criminalized survivors, self-represented litigants in family court, tech-enabled abuse, gender inequities in Washington’s legal system, LGBTQ+ survivors of violence, and other topics.
- Housing and Homelessness: Housing law post-eviction moratorium and right to counsel, community-based services for homeless people, and other topics.
We will post more details here as they become available. Stay tuned!