Message from INCCIP Chairperson
Dear INCCIP colleagues,
What an extraordinary time this is. We have seen visits to prisons and jails suspended, followed by the introduction of mobile phones and video visits as an option in prisons in a number of countries for the first time. Many countries have since resumed in-person visits, while others have had to shut down again following a resurgence of COVID cases. Meanwhile, the tension in the US and other countries around racial and political divides has intensified, and the future economic fallout of COVID remains uncertain.
Yet through all of this, we see big and small victories – and ones that mean the world to those who experience them. The Wells of Hope school in Uganda has received new computers to support online learning for their students. South Korea has made significant progress in receiving Government recognition of the rights of children with incarcerated parents. I had the privilege of attending the first virtual graduation ceremony for the fabulous ScholarCHIPS programme for students with an incarcerated parent from Washington DC. And through INCCIP, we learn about and share all of these things, and many more!
Every day, I feel privileged to be part of such a growing and energised network of people working to make a real difference for children with incarcerated parents. I hope you are equally proud to be one of them.
All the very best,
International Coalition for Children with Incarcerated Parents (INCCIP) Founding Board of Directors
INCCIP Board Members Back row (left to right): Francis Ssuubi (INCCIP Ambassador), Luciano Cadoni, Ben Raikes, Park, Kyoung Hyeon, Jessica Reid, Blake Tijerina, Avon Hart-Johnson (Vice-Chair) | Front row: Kyung Rim Lee, Nancy Loucks (Chair), Adam Hutchinson, Liz Gordon (Treasurer). Video Screen: Lorna Brooks. Board members not shown in photo: Lawrence Amesu, Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, PhD (INCCIP Secretary), and Koen Sevenants.
Dr Lorna Brookes PhD MSc PGdip BAhons has over a decade of experience running community-based support groups and individual therapeutic support for children impacted by parental imprisonment. Lorna is the founder of The MyTime Project (www.themytimeproject.com) and is also a senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, lecturing in Education and Early Childhood Studies. Lorna enables children and young people impacted by parental imprisonment to be child activists and consultants in research and policy change. In June 2109, Lorna hosted the first ever child led prisoner’s children conference in Westminster where 30 young people gave keynote speeches and led breakout sessions to parliamentarians, policy officials, and MPs, featured in the UNICEF Child Friendly Cities brochure as an example of good practice. Lorna led the first ever INCCIP Youth Ambassador Programme at the 2nd INCCIP conference in Huddersfield in the UK and continues to support the youth ambassadors and development of the youth programme moving forwards. Lorna is now in the process of setting up MyTime Project sister projects throughout the UK.
Luciano Cadoni has worked since 2011 as Program Officer for the Protection of the Rights of the Child for CWS (Church World Service), based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His background includes eight years working in Africa, primarily in South Africa and Mozambique, as well as on the Thai/Burma border in Asia with different NGOs which use soccer and sport as tools for social development. Since 2014, Luciano has accompanied and led the formation and coordinated the actions of the “Latin America and Caribbean Regional Platform for the Protection of the Rights of Children and Adolescents of Incarcerated Parents” (the Spanish acronym of which is “Plataforma NNAPES”). In that role, Luciano has represented CWS and the Platforma at different national, regional and international events related to the issue, including several international conferences in the U.S. He has a Bachelor´s degree in Physical Education, a specialisation in Sports Management, and is currently doing Master’s degree studies in Urban Social Policies. Luciano has recently coordinated and written national and regional reports about the issue.
Liz Gordon PhD LLB (INCCIP Treasurer) is a Barrister and social policy researcher living in Christchurch, New Zealand. She has worked on research and evaluation projects for more than 15 years with Pillars, a charity that works with the families and children of prisoners. She is currently (2014-2019) President of Pillars. Liz is one of the founders of INCCIP, and hosted the first conference in Rotorua, New Zealand in 2017.
Dr. Avon Hart-Johnson (INCCIP Vice-Chair) is the president and co-founder of DC Project Connect (DCPC), a Washington, D.C. (United States)-based non-profit 501(c)(3) organisation that provides crisis support, advocacy, and psychoeducational services for families affected by incarceration. A published author, Dr. Hart-Johnson has lectured both nationally and abroad on topics related to her journal articles, books, and other publications. Hart-Johnson’s most recent book is “African American Women with Incarcerated Mates: The Psychological and Social Impacts of Mass Incarceration.” Dr. Hart-Johnson’s research in the United Kingdom has led to collaborations with other authors in the anthology “Contemporary Research and Analysis on the Children of Prisoners: ‘Contemporary Research and Analysis on the Children of Prisoners: Invisible Children’. Dr. Hart-Johnson is a university educator and doctoral mentor. Her passion and advocacy are apparent in her work and collaborative role as the Advocacy in Action Coalition Chairperson for the International Prisoner Family Conference, an organisation dedicated to ameliorating the adverse impacts of mass incarceration on family systems. Her most recent project is affectionately named The StoryBook Research Project where the team researched communication strategies between caregivers and their children about parental incarceration. The results were thematized into wonderfully illustrated storybooks about incarceration for children. See https://www.mystoryandme.com
Prof. Nancy Loucks OBE (INCCIP Chair) is the Chief Executive of Families Outside, a Scottish NGO that works on behalf of families affected by imprisonment, appointed in 2008. Prior to this she worked as an Independent Criminologist, specialising in comparative prison policy. She received her MPhil and PhD from the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge, and in 2012 was appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Law, Crime and Justice. Nancy was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List for services to Education and Human Rights. She co-chairs the Justice & Care work stream for the Scottish Independent Care Review and is Secretary General to the Board of Children of Prisoners Europe.
Park, Kyoung Hyeon is an auditor of Se-Um, a Korean children’s welfare NGO for the children with incarcerated parents. She is also a former teacher and a school social worker who actively works in education and school social work area. Se-Um started as the first professional children’s welfare NGO in Korea that works on the values and perspectives of children’s right in 2015. Se-um has a variety of programs and services including scholarship programs, crisis support, counselling services, youth club activities, care-giver support, visitation support, research, public relations and advocacy. It works in cooperation with governments and non-governmental agencies. Recently, Se-um conducted a pilot project to build a child-friendly family visiting room in a prison which was adopted by the Justice Ministry’s national policy.
Katie Kramer DSW, MSW, MPH is the Co-Founder & CEO, Corrections, Communities and Families at The Bridging Group, “creating innovative solutions for communities, corrections, health and families”. She first became involved with INCCIP by attending the inaugural INCCIP conference in Rotorua, New Zealand in March of 2017. Since then, she helped support the development of a stronger youth presence and voice within the work of INCCIP by serving on the planning committee/sub-planning committees for the INCCIP conferences in Huddersfield, England in 2019 and the upcoming virtual U.S. conference. Her interest and dedication to supporting children and families with incarcerated loved ones is rooted in 25 years of work to develop, implement, and evaluate social services and health programs that serve individuals, families, and communities affected by the criminal justice system. She is a founding member of San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership and was a part of the workgroup that created the original Children of Incarcerated Parents Bill of Rights. Through her work at The Bridging Group in Oakland, California, she collaborated with many governmental, non-governmental organizations and research/academic institutions working in prisons, jails, or community re-entry throughout the United States and globally with projects in Haiti, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Trinidad, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. She published her Doctoral Dissertation in May 2019 that examined the creation of a virtual and global Family Matters Resource Center for Model Practices Supporting Children of Incarcerated Parents. She is deeply committed to working with the INCCIP Board to develop a truly participatory and collaborative approach that creates a space for everyone, including young people, to help realize the goals and opportunities envisioned by this dynamic and innovative coalition.
Ben Raikes I consider I am well placed to contribute to INCCIP as a board member since I have 13 years experience working with families impacted by parental imprisonment, 4 years of which involved managing a parenting programme within a large women’s prison when I worked for an NGO, and 9 years researching the impact of imprisonment upon families as an academic. In my role as a researcher I have been involved in the large scale European Commission funded Children of Prisoners Interventions and Mitigations to Strengthen Mental Health (COPING) project. This project compared the experiences of children and parents (imprisoned and non imprisoned) in four European countries to explore what promoted resilience. In addition to this I have undertaken small-scale evaluations of an overnight stay facility in an open women’s prison and a pilot project examining the issues faced by grandparents caring for children with parents in prison across 4 countries. In my research I place a very high premium on listening carefully and directly to the lived experience of children and their carers who are impacted by incarceration. Therefore I consider I have a very good understanding of what the issues are, both in the UK where I am based, but also in countries such as Romania, Uganda, and Trinidad and Tobago with whom I have collaborated. It was while hosting Francis Ssuubi in the UK, who set up Wells of Hope in Uganda, that we came up with the idea of INCCIP, recognizing there was no organization linking those championing the rights of children with imprisoned parents outside Europe. Myself, Francis, Liz Gordon, Nancy Loucks and others launched INCCIP at the 2015 Prisoners’ Families conference. Therefore, having been involved in developing INCCIP right from the start I consider I am well placed to be part of the team that steers it into a successful future to realise its potential to campaign at the United Nations and in other influencial forums to improve the situation of children with incarcerated parents worldwide.
Jessica Reid. After being separated from her father for 24 years and witnessing the devastating effects of parental incarceration as an educator, Jessica Reid co-founded Kids with Incarcerated Parents (KIP) Canada, formally known as Fostering, Empowering and Advocating Together (FEAT) for Children of Incarcerated Parents. Currently, KIP Canada is the only organisation developed to provide supportive programming and services for children with incarcerated parents in Canada. In her role as the Director of Programming and Research, Jessica has developed six programmes to support the underserved needs of children, youth, and families. As an advocate and educator, Jessica professionally speaks at universities, community events, and conferences to provide education on the needs and supportive practices for children with incarcerated parents. Furthermore, Jessica organises campaigns to raise awareness on the need to support children affected by parental incarceration. In conjunction with developing and facilitating supportive programming, Jessica is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Guelph where she is extending research on ambiguous loss and resilience in children with incarcerated parents. Jessica is a proud member of INCCIP and the Canadian Coalition for Children with Incarcerated Parents and looks forward to working together to make a difference for the children left behind worldwide.
I am Pushpa Basnet from Nepal. I believe everyone has life purpose after coming in this earth. Some may already know what is their purpose, some are looking for it, some finds in random phase of life in a random way. Likewise, I never imagined myself devoting into creating a safer space for most needy and vulnerable innocent one. I never dreamed I am capable of doing something like this. I never imagined I could open an organization “Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC)” in 2005. In my early 20s I was able to give freedom to many innocent children living behind bars. I was able to provide them safest space to grow and learn and turn into beautiful butterflies from larva. What could be the most satisfying and beautiful things to see it in front of your eyes, those tiny shaky feet from crawling to walking independently. To be called as “Mamu” by those children is something I couldn’t ask more than anything else. The biggest dream I could ever dream was to build a Butterfly Home for my kids, which they can call their own home with all their hearts where they can run, jump, create most beautiful memories of their life without any pain and fear. In 3rd Feb 2016 we finally moved in our dream house our own “Butterfly Home”, the residential home for inmates’ children who deserves nothing but freedom and better future.
Onwards there is no looking backward, my only dream is to bring out all those innocent inmates’ children who are behind the bar with their parents. They don’t deserve to encounter prison environment and live a vulnerable life. I do not like to imagine the inside prison environment the innocent child had to experience. They should get the happy positive environment where they can learn life’s core value which turns them into a better individual and see life in a larger scale. To make this happen ECDC initiated many scholarship programs where inmates’ children can get education, their basic rights. Under the ECDC inmates’ support program currently we are running programs like Butterfly Scholarship Program where children get annual school supply support, WINGS (TSLC) program which emphasize 18 months technical education a skill developing program, Nutritional Diet Support program in various prison, Dignity Kit Support, Health Insurance, Non-formal education support, Reusable sanitary Pad Distribution, Medical Room set up in different prisons, Butterfly Baby Box for newly born child, Re-integration program, Monthly Ration Support, Rescue Child etc. All the initiated program generally focuses on inmates’ child mental and physical health, hygiene, education, career development and many more. Along with the children few programs also focus on newly mother inside the prison.
I want to see each of the child happy and successful. I am always there for them if they need any kind of support even after reintegrating with their family. I am just a call away for them. From financial support to emotional support, I am always there for all my kids. My only vision is to create better environment for inmates’ child who shouldn’t be behind due to their parent’s mistakes. I want to enlarge my vision and always seek to do better for them in any way possible. The world is changing every second and I should be able to create them same kind of platform, education, knowledge, opportunities, etc. I believe one should not stop, there is always something great in next step.
After all my experiences I have learned that, one should always get a second chance to improve themselves and not repeat the mistake. If they get proper support and guidance they can come out as the better version of themselves which they never thought they could be. That is why now I am starting a new project at Juvenile Correction Homes. With the vision of creating a platform for all delinquents to change themselves as a better individual, different program will be designed and implemented. My dream will definitely come into reality; this is my within voice forcing me to work harder dedicatedly.
Francis Ssuubi (INCCIP Ambassador) is the Founder of Wells of Hope, a comprehensive organisation that provides effective and compassionate programs for prisoners and their families in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania with great attention being given to children with parents on death row (see www.wellsofhope.org. As Global Ambassador of INCCIP, he makes a concerted effort to strengthen global relationships of devoted organisations, institutions, individuals, and students working on issues relating to children with incarcerated parents. Since 2004, Francis has been working to create and carry out positive interventions for Children with parents in prison so that they can enjoy their human rights.He believes that, since issues affecting children with parents in prison are transnational, there is a need for stakeholders world over to work together to tackle this issue. In May 2015, Francis helped to found the International Coalition for Children with Incarcerated Parents in Dallas, Texas, together with world class practitioners, academics, and human rights activists. Francis has attended and spoken at several High Level eventsand was a panelist at the the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, discussing the human rights of children of parents on death row or executed and is a thought leader on the subject of children with Incarcerated parents.
I am an Iranian-American children’s rights activist as well as founder and president of a US-based, non-profit organization, Children of Imprisoned Parents International (COIPI). I started the organization in 2014 based on research I conducted in 2012, which was born out of a desire to work on this issue because of my own experience of having a mother in prison during my childhood.
I have worked closely with local organizations in Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax, cities in Virginia, and Washington, DC, who focus on inmates and their families. I use storytelling in churches, universities, and other public spaces to advocate for the rights and needs of children who lost their parents to incarceration. I have shared my experience at conferences, such as the International Prisoners’ Family Conference in 2018, and the International Coalition for Children with Incarcerated Parents in 2021. “Mothers Behind Bars” is one of the main focus areas of my organization.
Currently, I am using social media platforms to communicate with Iranian families with incarcerated parents, sending them educational messages. I recently published investigative research by my organization about the situation of children and their mothers inside prisons in Iran. Through my activism and programs, I have shared information and findings with UN special procedures and rapporteurs, including but not limited to the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Rights on Freedom of Religion or Belief.
Dr Kenneth Nyesige is the Director of Operations and General Secretary of Morning Tears South Sudan (MT-SS: www.morningtears-southsudan.org). Morning Tears dreams of a world in which the Rights of the Child are available to all children of prisoners. In this world, all people would consider it their duty to help create a loving and caring environment for children of prisoners, in which respect and understanding gain the way from biases and prejudices. Governments of all nations would continuously safeguard the interests of children of prisoners. Morning Tears dreams of a world where children of prisoners grow up with dignity with a fair chance to develop their full potential. Dr Nyesige has a PhD in Financial Economics (ongoing), Masters of Business Administration Accounting (MBA), Masters of Arts Degree in Economic Policy Management (MA EPM), Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration Accounting and Finance (BBA). His skills include General Management, Auditing (Internal and External), Financial Management, Financial Modelling and budgeting. He is committed to serve and care for children in prison and the children of whose parents are incarcerated in South Sudan. He has expertise in ensuring that his organisation’s policies and procedures comply with regulatory and ethical International Financial Accounting standards, and to practicing professionalism in a highly analytical manner; performing regular financial economics checks and audits; implementing organisational policies; and designing internal control systems that promote financial reporting standards and Financial Economic Development and institutional growth.
Hon. Dr Alice Wambui Macharaia is a Principal Magistrate in the Kenyan Judiciary currently seconded to the Judicial Training Institute in the Education and Curriculum Development Portfolio, and the author of the book titled Rights of the Child, Mothers and Sentencing: The Case of Kenya (2021) by Routledge Publishers in UK and New York. Her career in the Criminal Justice System spans to over 30 years having worked under the Attorney General as a State Counsel, as a Legal Officer for the Prison under the Ministry of Home Affairs, as a Probation Officer in the women docket, and also in the Personnel division of the Police Department. She holds a PhD in Human Rights Law from King’s College London (2019), a Master in Laws degree from the University of Nairobi (2013), a Postgraduate Diploma in Laws from Kenya School Law (2006), and a Bachelor in Laws Degree from Moi University (2004). She was admitted to the Bar as advocate of the High Court Kenya in June, 2006. She is a registered member of Kenya Judges and Magistrates Association (KMJA), and the International Federation of Women Judges-Kenya Chapter, and she is currently sitting in the National Council for the Administrative of Justice Task Force on Children Matters which is currently reviewing the Children Act, and also in the committee that is developing a Training Curriculum and Guidelines for Child Care and Protection Officers (CCPOS). Her areas of research interests include International Human Rights Law, International Children Rights law, Gender and the law, ADR, International Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, as well as Family Law. She enjoys researching, writing, cooking, reading, dancing, and taking walks.
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