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Guiding Principles for Responding to the Needs of Children of Incarcerated Parents

October 5, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

A presentation by nationally-renowned expert Ann Adalist-Estrin, Director of the National Resource Center for Children and Families of the Incarcerated

Please join us at John Jay College on Wednesday, October 5th, from 9am to 12pm, for a guest lecture by Ann Adalist-Estrin. Ms. Adalist-Estrin will share her guiding principles, developed over decades of working with, learning from, and being inspired by children with incarcerated parents, parents, and caregivers. This event is recommended for professionals who work with children and families; those who work within law enforcement, criminal justice, and the courts; those who work on policy and systems reform; those directly affected by the criminal justice system; and any other interested/concerned individuals.

New York City Councilmember Daniel Dromm will open the event by presenting a NYC Proclamation declaring October See Us, Support Us month in honor of NYC’s children who have experienced parental incarceration. Filmmaker Ebony Underwood will also speak and introduce Ms. Adalist-Estrin.

The event, co-sponsored by the Osborne Association, will be held in John Jay College’s Moot Court, room 6.68 of the New Building. Light breakfast will be provided.



ann-adalist-estrinAnn Adalist-Estrin is Director of the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers University, Camden New Jersey where she also teaches in the department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. Under Ann’s leadership, NRCCFI has provided training and consultation to government and non-government agencies and community programs in 48 states including Sesame Street’s “Little Children, Big Challenges Campaign; Connecticut’s Children of Incarcerated Parents Initiative; OJJDP Youth Violence Prevention Forum Multi Discipline Trainings on Children of Incarcerated Parents and programs in Taiwan, The Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Argentina. In 2013 Ms. Adalist-Estrin was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” for her work as an advocate for children and families of the incarcerated. Ann is also a Child and Family Therapist in Jenkintown, PA and a trainer for the Healthy Steps for Young Children Pediatric Training Program at Zero to Three (formerly at Boston University School of Medicine).
daniel-drommDaniel Dromm has been a progressive leader in Queens for over 20 years. An award-winning public school teacher, Dromm was elected to the New York City Council in 2009 and represents District 25 (Jackson Heights & Elmhurst). He serves as the Chair of the Education Committee. Prior to his election, Dromm was an award-winning New York City public school teacher at PS 199Q in Queens from 1984 to 2009. In 2006, Dromm was chosen as "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" by his school's principal and in 2009 he was chosen as "Educator of the Year" by the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside. He has also received the Marsho-Raimo Award from the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). Dromm is the founder of the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee and organized the first Queens LGBT Pride Parade and Festival, which he still participates in on the first Sunday in June in Jackson Heights. Dromm co-founded the Queens Chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG), as well as the Generation Q Youth Services Program in Astoria. He also helped found the Queens Pride House. Daniel Dromm graduated from Marist College and earned his master's degree at City College. He lives in Jackson Heights.
ebony-underwoodEbony Underwood is a creative consultant, filmmaker and 2016 Soros Justice Fellow at the forefront of reform initiatives supporting children of incarcerated parents. Ebony‘s interest in this advocacy work is personal and pivotal. As a daughter of an incarcerated parent, Ebony was traumatized and emotionally devastated by her father’s incarceration, silently suffering for years. In 2013, Ebony began to speak out and share her story through film, television and social media advocacy. She has produced a documentary short, Hope for Father’s Day, about her family’s ordeal, created a website www.inprison.net, published articles in Huffington Post and Vibe to tell her story, and spearheaded the 2016 Google-initiated digital #LoveLetters campaign to demonstrate the unbreakable bond between a child and their incarcerated parent on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. She has over 15 years’ experience in the music and entertainment industry, including producing grassroots campaigns and special projects as a marketing consultant for subsidiaries of Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group. Ebony is a herald voice championing for the many children and families whose voices have long been left out of the conversation. Underwood holds a BA in political science from the City College of New York, where she was a Skadden Scholar.


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October 5, 2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm