Date and Time
Aug 8, 2023 6:00 pm
The Impact of Mass Incarceration is a call home to victims of the criminal justice system who have been taken from their communities and brought back years later to an unrecognizable place without the proper reentry tools. More than 10 million arrests are made each year in the United States with an arrest made every three seconds. Within this statistic, fewer than 5 percent of these are for serious violent crimes (Vera Institute, 2019). Busboys and Poets strives to inform the public of why criminal justice reform is necessary as well as provide resources for those with a criminal record and allies in this fight to end mass incarceration. We also hope to provide victims the proper welcoming back home that they deserve.
Ingrid Archie and Shakyra Diaz are joining us on the Busboys stage to share the impact mass incarceration has had on their lives and on their work with TimeDone– a program of Alliance for Safety and Justice.
This event is free and open to all. Our program begins at 6:00 pm, and will be followed by an audience Q&A. Please note that this event is IN PERSON and WILL be livestreamed.
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Ingrid Archie serves as the Organizing Director of TimeDone, a program of Alliance for Safety and Justice that creates societal change by removing barriers from prior convictions. Since 2016, Ingrid has led voter registration, education, and civic engagement efforts within LA’s African American and lower income communities and inside LA County jails.
Ingrid was born and raised in Los Angeles and is a mother of six. As a young child, Ingrid’s exposure to extreme violence in her home paved a direct pathway to the foster care system. Her attempts to cope with physical and emotional trauma were criminalized, and Ingrid spent most of her young life behind bars, revolving in and out of juvenile detention centers and later prison.
Ingrid has a strong background in working closely with community leaders, activists, and volunteers to organize grassroots campaigns and mobilize resources for impactful projects. Her deep understanding of the needs and challenges faced by marginalized communities has driven her to work tirelessly towards creating meaningful change.
Shakyra Diaz is a strategist with extensive public policy and organizing experience grounded in authentic coalition building, Shakyra Diaz is the Alliance for Safety and Justice’s Chief of Federal Advocacy where she advocates for federal investments in safety solutions supported by communities most impacted by harm. She previously served as the Chief of Staff, Ohio State Director, Managing Director of Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, and Managing Director of Partnerships.
During her time at ASJ Shakyra has provided leadership for several advocacy campaigns, resulting in criminal justice reforms, ending long standing barriers to services for people with past convictions, and the establishment of trauma recovery centers to help underserved crime survivors heal across the country.
Prior to joining ASJ, Shakyra worked as an educator and led policy reform campaigns. In these different capacities, Shakyra enhanced educational outcomes for students and led successful policy, legislative, and judicial rules campaigns to improve justice systems. Her efforts have led to the elimination of unfair drug law policies, enhanced protections for sexual assault victims during interviews, expanded access to counsel, supported voting rights access for currently and formerly incarcerated people, and ended routine juvenile shackling in courts. Shakyra worked to establish a policy that would allow nursing mothers to pump their milk when they were held in immigrant detention centers. She has been involved in many efforts including campaigns for fairer policing in Puerto Rico and equal rights for Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent. Drawing on her personal experience with sexual and community violence and her understanding of various systems, Shakyra helped shape systemic recommendations for reform efforts, including the Cleveland Division of Police’s consent decree.
Shakyra was born in the Dominican Republic and was raised in Cleveland. She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University & East High School. She lives in the Cleveland area with her family.
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