Village Award-winner The Women’s Prison Association (WPA) is the nation’s first organization for women impacted by incarceration, located right here in our neighborhood at the historic Isaac T. Hopper Home at 110 2nd Avenue. Addressing the personal root causes of incarceration and focusing on the needs of women as the experts in their own lives, WPA has been life-changing for countless women and their families in our neighborhoods and beyond. Ever since the Middle Collegiate fire on December 5th, 2020 displaced WPA from their home, the organization has been working harder than ever to serve its mission and save its historic, landmarked home. Join us to learn the incredible history of WPA and to hear about what comes next for their work and building. 

With speakers Rebecca Pak, Director of Donor Engagement, at the WPA and Sarah Krasnostein, writer of The Trauma Cleaner and The Believer.  

Sarah Krasnostein is the best-selling, multi-award-winning author of The Trauma Cleaner (2017) and The Believer (2021). She has a Ph.D. in criminal law and is admitted to legal practice in New York and Victoria. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications in Australia, the UK, and America including The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, Tablet Magazine, Longreads, Meanjin, and Oxford Handbooks Online as well as various academic journals. She has lectured in criminal law and taught creative writing. Sarah was born in America, is based in Australia, and has lived and worked in both countries.  

Rebecca Pak is the Director of Donor Engagement, growing WPA’s community and building relationships with businesses, inspiring them to partner with WPA to address the cycles of trauma, poverty, and incarceration that devastate women and families in New York City. Rebecca also leads events and campaigns with WPA’s junior board, the Emerging Philanthropists. She holds a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University. Rebecca aka Bek lives in Long Island City with her partner.

Co-hosted by the Women’s Prison Association and Village Preservation as part of our Women’s History Month programming

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
6:00 pm
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