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Join us for a special virtual discussion as part of the Osborne Association's See Us, Support Us month dedicated to raising visibility and supports for the 1 in 14 children who experience the incarceration of a parent. Hear from people with lived experience about what “support” means to them and learn about tools for supporting young people in educational and afterschool settings from early childhood through college. And, learn about efforts underway to better coordinate New York City’s response to children whose parents are involved in the criminal legal system, including efforts to reimagine school safety and the movement for police free schools. 

The event will be streamed live from BPL's YouTube channel and on this page. Please register and sign up to receive news about other BPL virtual programming


Moderator Sylvia A. Harvey is an award-winning journalist. She reports at the intersection of race, class,  policy, and incarceration. Harvey's work has appeared in VOX, ELLE, POLITICO, The Nation, The Appeal, The Marshall Project, Colorlines, the Feminist Wire, AOL’s Bedford-Stuyvesant Patch, where she served as the gentrification columnist, and more. Her commentary on race and the criminal justice system has been featured on NPR, WBAI, Cheddar News, Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan, HuffPost Live, Radio Curious, and beyond. Harvey is the author of The Shadow System: Mass Incarceration and the American Family,  a searing exposé of the effects of the mass incarceration crisis on families -- including the 2.7 million American children who have a parent locked up. She is the recipient of a National Headliner Award and a National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Salute to Excellence award. The Oakland native holds a BA in sociology from Columbia University and an MS in journalism from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. Harvey lives in New York City.  You can connect with her on social media as Ms_SAH.

Jumaane D. Williams is the Public Advocate of the City of New York. Jumaane is a first-generation Brooklynite of Grenadian heritage. He graduated from the public school system, overcoming the difficulties of Tourette's and ADHD to earn a Master's Degree from Brooklyn College. He began his career as a community organizer at the Greater Flatbush Beacon School and later served as the Executive Director of NYS Tenants & Neighbors. In the NYC Council, Jumaane championed landmark legislation that fundamentally transformed policing in NYC. Jumaane sponsored the Community Safety Act, reforming the City's Police Department by ending the abuse of Stop, Question & Frisk in communities of color and creating the NYPD's Office of Inspector General to investigate unlawful & unethical behavior. Jumaane has led the fight for better policing and safer streets, affordable housing, and transparency and accountability in City government. As Public Advocate, Jumaane will continue to be an activist-elected official who brings the voices of everyday New Yorkers to City government and makes New York a truly progressive beacon for all.

Dr. Whitney Q. Hollins is an advocate for children who have a parent involved in the justice system. As the daughter of a formerly incarcerated parent, her direct experience has led her to explore the ways these children navigate and negotiate the unique set of circumstances that incarceration presents. As a researcher and educator, she believes that teachers play a vital role in supporting children with a justice involved parent. Hollins currently works as an elementary school special education teacher, an adjunct instructor at various CUNY colleges and a consultant at We Got Us Now. She is also a member of the Justice Across Generations Speakers Bureau through The Osborne Association. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Education from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation focused on children who have justice involved parents with an emphasis on lived experience as expertise. She recently published a children’s book featuring a character with an incarcerated parent titled Anna’s Test. Whitney invites you to connect with her on her website

Anthony Funes is majoring in School Health Education at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. He is an alumni of the Osborne Association’s Youth Action Council, youth who advocate for policies and practices that support children and youth whose parents are involved in the criminal legal system. Anthony was instrumental in garnering enough votes to pass the Proximity Bill in NYS, which if signed into law by Governor Coumo would require NYS DOCCS to place incarcerated parents of minor children in prisons closer to their children. Anthony is a member of the See Us, Support Us (SUSU) Youth team who provide guidance and produce content for SUSU, an annual month of awareness raising about and celebration of children with incarcerated parents that is held every October. 

Nicole Hamilton is a radical educator, trainer, curriculum designer, youth worker, circle keeper and community builder. Nicole believes that working in close partnership with schools builds the trust, transparency and accountability needed to do the hard work of shifting school culture. Nicole brings ten years of experience in direct service provision from her roles as the Program Director of a multi-site after school program, Director of School Based Programs and Partnerships and currently as the Director of Community Partnerships for Girls for Gender Equity, a non profit organization in Brookly, NY. In her work, she has supported the positive transformation of programs and schools by leading staff and young people towards a common goal of creating a safer, more equitable and affirming anti-racist and inclusive culture. Follow Girls for Gender Equity on social media at @GGENYC

Visit the See Us, Support Us website to learn how you can SEE and SUPPORT children who have or had an incarcerated parent and to celebrate their creative talents.

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