Justice Reinvestment in Aboriginal Communities
Presenter: Sarah Hopkins, Co-Chair of Just Reinvest NSW
Abstract: Just Reinvest NSW works to reduce the number of Aboriginal people who are caught up in the criminal justice system, by supporting community-led, data-driven justice reinvestment initiatives and advocating for systemic change. Justice reinvestment is about communities taking charge and tackling the systems and barriers that keep disadvantage in place. Communities like Moree, Bourke and Mount Druitt are stepping into the void created by decades of failed top down policies in order to create strong and safe communities along with futures for their kids.
Bio: Sarah Hopkins is Co-Chair of Just Reinvest NSW and the Managing Solicitor of Justice Projects at the Aboriginal Legal Service ACT/NSW. She is an accredited specialist in criminal law and has lectured in criminal law at the University of NSW. Sarah has been working alongside the Bourke community since 2012 in support of the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project in Bourke, which was the recipient of the 2015 National Rural Law and Justice Award. In 2019 Just Reinvest NSW was the recipient of both the HESTA Community Organisation Award and the Australian Human Rights Commission Community Organisation Award. Sarah is a member of the NSW Bar Association’s Joint Working Party on the Over-representation of Indigenous People in the NSW Criminal Justice System. Throughout her career Sarah has served on numerous committees including the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society of NSW, the Steering Committee for the Red Cross Vulnerability Report 2015, and as Vice President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties. In 2017 Sarah was named the Community Lawyer of the Year by the Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW.
Date and time
01:00 PM Thursday, October 8, 2020
02:00 PM Thursday, October 8, 2020