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- 17Thu • nov
Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building Washington • 11:00 AM
Please join us on November 17 in honoring Andrea James and Glenn E. Martin, recipients of the 33rd annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
- 17Thu • nov
Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C., United States • 11:00 AM
MRS. ROBERT FRANCIS KENNEDY & THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF ROBERT F. KENNEDY HUMAN RIGHTS INVITE YOU TO HONOR ANDREA JAMES & GLENN E. MARTIN RECIPIENTS OF THE 33RD ANNUAL ROBERT F. KENNEDY HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD WITH REMARKS BY KERRY KENNEDY PLEASE RSVP BY NOVEMBER 10 - seating is limited ABOUT OUR HONOREES: ANDREA JAMES is the Founder and Executive Director of Families for Justice as Healing, the founder of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, a 2015 Soros Justice Fellow, and the author of Upper Bunkies Unite: And Other Thoughts On the Politics of Mass Incarceration. Andrea worked within the criminal justice system for more than 25 years, from her days as a youth worker, to her work as a criminal defense attorney. In 2009 she was sentenced to serve a 24-month federal prison sentence. After a lifetime of work seeking justice on behalf of disenfranchised people, she was stunned at what she encountered upon entering the federal prison system as an incarcerated person and uses her experience to raise awareness of the affect of incarceration of women on children and communities, and to shift from a criminal legal system to a system focused on human justice. GLENN E. MARTIN is the Founder of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA), an organization dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in half by 2030. JLUSA empowers people most affected by incarceration to drive policy reform. Glenn is a national leader and criminal justice reform advocate who spent six years in NYS prisons. Prior to founding JLUSA, Glenn served for seven years as VP of Public Affairs at The Fortune Society, and six years as Co-Director of the National HIRE Network at the Legal Action Center. In 2015, Glenn wrote an open letter to President Obama, which appeared in the Wall Street Journal, after a visit as an invited guest to the White House when he was separated from his colleagues and given a special escort due to his criminal conviction. Glenn was later invited back to speak on a panel at the White House, getting the chance to meet with President Obama at an event focused on criminal justice reform. In 2016, Glenn issued a call to New York City’s social justice community to launch a campaign to close Rikers Island, the city’s notorious jail. His efforts led to the formation of the #CLOSErikers Coalition, currently composed of ninety organizations and growing.