Criminal Justice & Criminalization

Justice. Belonging. Humanity. Courage. Solidarity.  Grounded in these values that drive our mission, GCIR condemns racism and racial terror. We condemn the racism and racial terror that have oppressed and brutalized African Americans for more than 400 years.
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June 2020
In July, on behalf of Unbound Philanthropy, Elyse Lightman Samuels attended a protest at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, which has been a site of violence and trauma for generations, resulting from criminalization, mass incarceration, and family separation. She describes her experience.
Elyse Lightman Samuel's blog post, All My Relations, posted on Medium
September 2019
Blog Post
Find all program-related materials for the webinar, "Movement Lawyering: Reimagining Lawyering before the Immigration System" here, including presentation and recording.
Materials: Movement Lawyering: Reimagining Lawyering before the Immigration System
June 2019
Program Materials
As the Trump administration continues to advance policies that further criminalize Black, Brown, and immigrant communities, the private prison and detention industry is experiencing renewed opportunities for growth.
Bankrolling Oppression: How Wall Street Companies Finance the Private Prison and Immigrant Detention Industry
October 2018
This webinar highlights critical research from the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding in their recent report, Equal Treatment. The goal of the webinar is to articulate the connections between criminalization of MASA communities by law enforcement and broader criminal justice/immigration enforcement practices.
September 2018
Co-Sponsored Program
Equal Treatment: Public Perceptions of MASA Communities & Implications for Criminal Justice/Immigration Reform
Join us to learn more about the intersections between criminal justice and immigration systems, how the criminal justice reform and immigrant rights community are responding, and what funders can do at this critical moment.
May 2017
Justice for All: Is Criminal Justice Reform Leaving Immigrants Behind?
Join us in a conversation with academic, government, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders as we explore the history of immigration detention in America, analyze reforms at the local and federal level, discuss what solutions might look like under a federal administration unwelcoming of a pro-immigrant and justice reform agenda, and understand how philanthropy is playing a critical role in addressing the issue.
March 2017
Co-Sponsored Program
Now more than ever, grantmakers can’t afford a siloed approach to criminal justice reform. The divest/invest frame offers an immigrant justice lens to systemic problems and potential solutions to end the criminalization of immigrants, refugees and communities of color.
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Issue Brief
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