Institutional violence within community centers, healthcare organizations, and social services, in concert with the “helping” industry’s increasing collusion with and reliance on law enforcement and security guards, is fueling the prison pipeline. In response to pervasive institutional violence and increasing policing, surveillance, and targeting of queer and trans* youth of color, street-based youth, and youth experiencing homelessness , Project NIA created a toolkit to share short- and long-term strategies and practices of resistance. How might a social service agency practice community accountability without relying on the cops—and, instead, cultivate youth resilience and leadership?
Participants will leave the session with:
1. A shared definition of institutional violence and its connection to the prison industrial complex
2. A toolkit with practical strategies to resist reliance on and collusion with law enforcement
3. Strategies for preventing, interrupting, and transforming violence that uses harm reduction and transformative justice principles to engage all levels of an organization or project.