07/18/2023 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM PST




Marsela Rojas-Salas (she/her) Project Manager, Jennica Sinor (she/her) Project Coordinator VALOR, Edward Cervantes (he/him) Senior Program Officer, Just Detention International


Johanna Mills (she/her) Program Associate, Just Detention International, Jonas Caballero (he/him), J.D. Candidate at Albany Law School and Legal Intern at Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York


As advocates, we're often asked, "why haven't I heard anything about my grievance?" or "can you help me file a lawsuit?" While we may not be able to directly help incarcerated survivors file grievances or lawsuits, there are ways we can support them and help them advocate for themselves. At this Office Hours, advocates will hear from panelists with first-hand experience navigating the carceral system's complicated processes. More specifically, we will hear from a survivor who was victorious in numerous pro se prisoners' rights actions while incarcerated in New York. We will also share a helpful document put together by the Prison Law Office. We welcome advocates to come prepared with questions for panelists.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of CDCR’s grievance process, from the perspective of a formerly incarcerated survivor.
  • Identify how to support incarcerated survivors through the legal process.
  • Create an opportunity for advocates to share particular challenges that they have faced and to ask questions directly to survivors with lived experience.