Tonight, the Stowe Center and Mark Twain House & Museum will present The Color of Justice, a film screening and discussion on racial disparities in the juvenile justice system. Leading the program will be Lara Herscovitch, Michaelangelo Palmieri, and Cathy Jackman.
Learn more about them below!
Deputy Director, Juvenile Justice Alliance
Lara Herscovitch joined the Ct Juvenile Justice Alliance in February 2008. As deputy director, she is involved in all aspects of the work of the Alliance, and has led its efforts to address racial and ethnic disparities and reduce school-based arrests. She has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit programs, policy, and organizational development. Lara holds an MSW in Policy & Planning and Community Organizing from the University of Connecticut’s School of Social Work and a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts.
Juvenile Matters Supervisor II, Superior Court for Juvenile Matters-Middletown
Michaelangelo Palmieri is a Juvenile Matters Supervisor II at the Superior Court for Juvenile Matters – Middletown Juvenile Probation Department. He is currently a member of the Judicial Branch - Court Support Services Division’s Advisory Committee for Cultural Responsiveness whose mission is to encourage culturally competent and linguistically appropriate interactions among CSSD staff, clients, families, contracted providers and communities. In addition, Michaelangelo represents the Juvenile Probation Department as part of Meriden Board of Education’s School Pathways to Juvenile Justice Project, which is one of 16 national sites chosen by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) for their multi-system change pilot. Michaelangelo brings over 15 years of experience working in the Juvenile Justice system as a Juvenile Probation Officer and contracted provider, having worked in both center-based and residential programs. He received his B.A. in Sociology from Bridgewater State College and completed a Graduate Certificate in Latino Community Practice at University of St. Joseph.
Cathy Jackman is a freelance documentary filmmaker committed to generating change through social justice and education. Recent films include the Emmy-award winning “Education vs. Incarceration”, and “The Color of Justice,” released in 2013 on Connecticut Public Television. For 25 years, Cathy has worked on commercial, non-profit, marketing, and television programs, and has shown films at festivals worldwide. She is recipient of numerous Community Service and technical awards, including the “Champion of Children” award from the Center for Children’s Advocacy, and the NAMI Mental Illness Awareness Media Award. Cathy’s other interests include reducing the stigma associated with mental illness, and the world of philanthropic giving. Cathy has mentored several youth involved with the criminal justice system, and continues to work for the rights and well -being of all children through her work with Artists for World Peace, an organization that assists children worldwide.
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The Color of Justice will begin at 5:30 pm at the Mark Twain House & Museum auditorium. See you there!