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.