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Annual Conference Sneak Peak: The Cradle to Prison Pipeline

Aug 30, 2016

Learn more about Bryan Stevenson, director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and his work addressing inequality in the U.S. Justice System. Stevenson will give the Keynote Plenary at our Annual Conference 2016.

Bryan Stevenson is director of the Equal Justice Initiative.

Join your colleagues at our Annual Conference to hear human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson share some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines. Stevenson will give the Keynote Plenary, “From Cradle to Prison: Changing Trajectories from Birth.” Many of the shortcomings of the criminal justice system result directly from stigmatizing alleged offenders rather than considering them individually as people possessing human dignity.

Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University School of Law. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.

Bryan Stevenson in the News

Stevenson has gained national recognition for his work, and he’s recently been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, and Charlie Rose. Some of the most recent news coverage includes:

Full Plenary Lineup

Our Annual Conference features an outstanding lineup of leading authorities in the field who will discuss timely subjects that are critical to early childhood professionals. Our plenary session speakers include:

  • Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Boston University Medical Center
    “Synchrony, Attunement, and Self-Regulation: The Neurobiology of Childhood Abuse and Neglect”
  • Sarah Watamura, PhD, University of Denver
    “Toxic Stress: Understanding and Mitigating its Impact on Young Children”
  • Cynthia Garcia Coll, PhD, Carlos Albizu University
    “Diverse Families with Young Children: The Challenge of the 21st Century”
  • Paul Schmitz, Leading Inside Out
    “Collective Impact: Moving the Needle Using a Collaborative Approach to Policy Change”
  • Eric Rasmussen, PhD, Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University
    “How Music Can Enhance Development and Support Resilience”

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Register now to hear from Bryan Stevenson and our other keynote speakers beginning December 7 in New Orleans!

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