A Woman's Journey from Prison to Community

Thursday, August 12, 2021 | Noon - 1:00 p.m. CST

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The incarceration of women is growing twice as fast as that of men in the United States.

As part of our ongoing online series "Healing Through Community and Justice," we will explore the unique challenges faced by women after incarceration. How can we begin to address the trauma encountered by so many women? The healing process starts where it always starts: with trust, commitment and friendship. 

This is a free online Zoom webinar.

Our panelists

  • Emily Baxter

    Moderator

    Emily Baxter is the founder and executive director of We Are All Criminals. Prior to this, Emily served as the director of public policy at the Council on Crime and Justice. As an assistant public defender representing members of the Leech Lake and White Earth Bands of Ojibwe charged with crimes in state court. She recently returned to Saint Paul after six years in Durham, where she served as the director of the North Carolina Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Her work there promoted the idea that our justice system will never be just so long as death is on the table.

  • Sara Chae

    Sara Chae recounts that she used her incarceration at Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee to free herself from another prison – a crack cocaine addiction and a “lifestyle” with neither meaning nor purpose. She was happy and motivated to reenter the world free of her addiction. She made it for a while, staying free from drugs, finding an apartment and a job. But even with that success, she concluded she was still miserable. That changed when, with a friend’s support, she rediscovered her purpose and passion: to be with, help and love animals – especially those who have endured trauma and pain. Now living in southwest Utah, Sara advises her fellow “lost souls” that it’s not out of the question to find their dream.

  • Rev. Cheryl Powers

    Originally from Springfield, Ohio, Rev. Cheryl Powers is a mother of one son, three grandchildren and many others who have adopted her as mom, grandma and auntie. She served in prison ministry for 30 years in Minnesota. During this time, she oversaw a volunteer mentoring program for women in Shakopee and served as a group facilitator for women survivors of sex trafficking. Rev. Powers has completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education and is currently in the Master of Divinity program at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in Saint Paul, MN. Since 2016, she has served as one of the Associate Ministers at Mt. Zion Baptist in Springfield.

  • Dr. Ebony Ruhland

    Dr. Ebony Ruhland received her Ph.D. from the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota and is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Ruhland is currently working on research projects in four areas: 1) examining factors that lead to probation revocations; 2) exploring factors parole members consider to determine readiness for release; 3) identifying ways to bridge police and community relationships; and 4) examining the impacts of parent incarceration on children. Through her research, Dr. Ruhland hopes to find ways to improve criminal justice and corrections policies to reduce mass incarceration, racial disparities, and collateral consequences while at the same time maintaining public safety.

  • Kristina White

    As manager of the Amicus Sisters Helping Sisters program, Kristina White has helped hundreds of women preparing to leave Minnesota correctional facilities move through the transition from prison to community. Kristina was also recently name manager of Amicus’s reentry resource center, which helps recently incarcerated people obtain daily living necessities, such as housing, employment and transportation. The services assist over 1,200 people annually. She is a licensed social worker, with over 10 years working in the criminal justice field.

About Amicus

For over 50 years, Amicus has provided services to help individuals with a criminal record successfully transition from prison to a productive life in the community, serving over 2,000 people each year.

Questions about the event? Please contact Steve Nelson (steve.nelson@voamn.org)