Leigh Goodmark — Imperfect Victims: Criminalized Survivors and the Promise of Abolition Feminism - with Destiny Fullwood — at Conn Ave

Upcoming Event
Sunday, March 12, 2023 - 5:00pm

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Since the 1970s, anti-violence advocates have worked to make the legal system more responsive to gender-based violence. But greater state intervention in cases of intimate partner violence, rape, sexual assault, and trafficking has led to the arrest, prosecution, conviction, and incarceration of victims, particularly women of color and trans and gender-nonconforming people. Imperfect Victims argues that only dismantling the system will bring that punishment to an end. Amplifying the voices of survivors, including her own clients, abolitionist law professor Leigh Goodmark deftly guides readers on a step-by-step journey through the criminalization of survival. Abolition feminism reveals the possibility of a just world beyond the carceral state, which is fundamentally unable to respond to, let alone remedy, harm. As Imperfect Victims shows, abolition feminism is the only politics and practice that can undo the indescribable damage inflicted on survivors by the very system purporting to protect them.

Leigh Goodmark is Marjorie Cook Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and the author of Decriminalizing Domestic Violence: A Balanced Policy Approach to Intimate Partner Violence and A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System.

Goodmark will be in conversation with Destiny Fullwood. Fullwood is the co-Executive Director of and attorney at the Second Look Project. After graduating from American University Law School, Destiny went on to become an assistant public defender in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she protected the rights of adults and children charged with state crimes. Destiny's research focuses on the racial caste system in America and the problem of policing. She is deeply committed to creating a more equitable society, beginning with the criminal legal system.

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This event is free with first come, first served seating.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
Imperfect Victims: Criminalized Survivors and the Promise of Abolition Feminism (Gender and Justice #8) By Leigh Goodmark Cover Image
ISBN: 9780520391123
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Published: University of California Press - January 31st, 2023