The Transformative Power of Accompaniment


Andrea “Muffin” Hudson, Director, The North Carolina Community Bail Fund of Durham and Durham’s Participatory Defense Hub

Ambien Mitchell, Post-Release Coordinator, Envision Freedom Fund

Alicia Torres, Organizer, Grassroots Leadership

Moderator: Ellie Happel, Co-Director of Haiti Justice & International Accountability Project and Caribbean Climate Justice Initiative; Adjunct Professor, Global Justice Clinic, NYU School of Law

This panel will examine the power and promise of accompaniment. Informed by grassroots’ experiences in designing and deploying accompaniment programs within the immigration and criminal legal systems, panelists will share how accompaniment bears witness, expresses solidarity, and transforms power within courts and other legal settings.

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