In Conversation with: Yoana Tchoukleva
Yoana Tchoukleva (formerly “Ioana”) is a civil rights attorney and restorative justice circle keeper devoted to building practices, policies and spaces that further collective healing and liberation. She is also the Institute Co-Chair of New Leaders Council Oakland, the Interim Board Chair of the Embodiment Project, and a facilitator with the Oakland-based Social Justice Collective. Most recently, she served as the Judge Constance Baker Motley Civil Rights Fellow at Equal Justice Society where she used both litigation and legislative advocacy to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline and reduce the impact of individual and systemic bias on communities of color interfacing with the education and criminal legal systems. Previously, Yoana was engaged in community restorative justice and policy work, clerked for Judge Thelton E. Henderson of the Northern District of California, and served as a Litigation Fellow at the ACLU of Northern California where she advocated for an end to juvenile life without parole in California. She is a graduate of Berkeley Law and a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. In this episode, we discuss the issues with, and alternatives to, a carceral state. More resources here.
In Conversation with: Senator McPhedran
Senator McPhedran is someone who has been involved in human rights advocacy for many years and in many different capacities. She has worked as a lawyer, founder of non-profit organizations, and was appointed to the Canadian Senate in 2016. In this episode we talk about Senator McPhedran's passions, the case of Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, and the future of human rights advocacy.
In Conversation with: Ruchira Gupta
Ruchira Gupta is an activist, journalist, visiting professor at New York University, and founder-president of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, whose work is primarily focused on advocating against the trafficking of women and girls. Over the course of her 30+ years in the field, she has helped governments and intergovernmental institutions like the United Nations, develop better laws and policy frameworks to protect prostituted women and girls, and invest in the most marginalized in society and subsequently most at risk for being trafficked. You can find out more about her and her organization at: http://apneaap.org/
In Conversation with: Marina Nemat
Marina Nemat is an author and activist. She was 16 when she was arrested during the Iranian Revolution; she was then taken to Evin prison, where she was tortured for over two years. She was eventually released, and came to Canada in 1991. Since then, she has published two memoirs about her experiences, and has dedicated the rest of her life to advocating against the use of torture. This podcast is about her story. You can find out more about her and her work at: http://www.marinanemat.com/