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Religion & Prison Panel: Women's Issues & Solutions

Tue, 13 Nov, 2012 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The New Jane Crow 


  • Patricia Haversham–Brown, Senior Director of Housing Services, The Fortune Society
  • Martha Ann Hennegan, Teacher, Re-Entry Ministry
  • Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary, Moderator
  • Sister Queenie Mims, Executive Director, Re-Entry Ministry
  • Yolanda Morales, Senior Director of Transition Services, The Fortune Society
  • Rev. Vivian Nixon, Executive Director, Community and College Fellowship
  • Erika Tindill, Chair, State of Connecticut Board of Pardons and Parole

This event is part of Dr. Samuel Cruz's Christianities in the City course. Dr. Cruz is hosting this event. 

About the Panelists

Patricia Haversham-Brown
, LCSW, CASAC, CCCJS is currently the Clinical Director of ADHC West day treatment program. Patricia has over 18 years of experience working with the formerly incarcerated population and over 16 years working with the HIV/AIDS population. She has been in positions of direct service provider, social work supervisor, director and senior director, including Senior Director at the Fortune Society Academy, a transitional/ permanent housing facility for the formerly incarcerated operated by The Fortune Society.   In addition, she has presented at various conferences, including:  AMFAR, National Association of Social Workers, NYAHOF (NY Association on HIV over 50), ACNY(Alcoholism Council of NY), ICCA, East Harlem Care Network, NAFC, and The National Minority AIDS Council. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Sociology and African-American Studies from Hampton University and her Masters Degree in Social Work from Hunter College.

Martha Ann Hennegan graduated from Re-Entry, a nondenominational addiction rehabilitation home, in 2003. Of her time with that program, she writes, "It is now 10 years later since my addiction. I was addicted to crack cocaine, heroin and everything the street had to offer. I lost my family, self-esteem, and not to mention my integrity. But, thanks be to God He saved me and forgave me. I realize after falling in love with Jesus that I had to lose my mind in order to change my mind, and this came to me in Re-Entry as a student with no stability or structure in my life."

The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the 16th president of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. The first woman to head the 175-year-old nondenominational seminary, which is in Manhattan and neighbors with Columbia University, Jones came to Union after seventeen years at Yale University, where she was the Titus Street Professor of Theology at the Divinity School, and chair of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She was co-principal investigator on the "Women, Religion, and Globalization Grant" for the Henry T. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs at Yale. Dr. Jones is a prolific and popular scholar in the fields of theology, religion, globalization, and gender studies. Her most recent book, Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World, explores the devastating social and personal effects of violence on the human psyche and the role religious communities can play, both negative and positive, in healing wounds. Her book Feminist Theory and Christian Theology is a standard textbook in feminist theology. In addition to three other books, and 37 articles and book chapters since 1991, she has delivered a long list of professional papers and public lectures across the United States and around the world. She holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma, Yale Divinity School and Yale University. Jones is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ.

Sister Queenie Mims is the founder and director of Re-Entry Ministry. Re-Entry is a non-denominational, Christian rehabilitation home for hard-core, drug and alcohol addicted women, who have had enough of their debasing lifestyle, want to change, have not been able to maintain permanent change through multiple enrollments in secular programs and have come to the realization that they need the kind of help, which encompasses their whole being…body, soul and spirit.  For 32 years they have come to Re-Entry from all over the United States and the Virgin Islands, seeking deeper healing.

Yolanda Morales is the Senior Director of Transitional Services at Fortune Society. Yolanda came to Fortune in April 2003, after serving 5 years in a Federal prison.  She enrolled in Career Development unit at the Fortune Society and 7 months later was hired at an entry level counseling position.  One year later she was promoted to Sr. Counselor and was supervising the pre-treatment substance abuse program.  November 1, 2008 Yolanda was promoted to Director of Transitional Service at Rikers Island Discharge planning program, on August, 2012 she was promoted to Senior Director of Transitional Services.

Rev. Vivian Nixon is the Executive Director of the Community and College Fellowship (CCF), an innovative organization that enables formerly incarcerated women to access higher education and leadership development skills that lead to economic security. CCF is unique in helping formerly incarcerated women to acquire education at the college level and beyond; most reentry programs provide little beyond GED support and vocational training. www.collegeandcommunity.org Twitter:  @CCFEducates

Based on a broad career within the criminal justice system and extensive work against domestic violence, Governor Dannel P. Malloy appointed Erika Tindill, Esq. on March 28, 2011, to serve as the Chair of the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles. Prior to coming to Connecticut in 1998, she served as an Assistant State Attorney in Dade County, Florida. In various assignments at the 11th Judicial District of Florida in Miami, she prosecuted violent offenders in misdemeanor domestic violence cases; developed innovative punishment and rehabilitative techniques for juveniles; convicted a broad spectrum of felony violators, actively managing some 300 cases; and was ultimately appointed as Chief of Litigation supervising all misdemeanor domestic violence prosecution in Dade County.

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