November 2, 2010
Portia Project Conference to Examine Women and Children in Prison Nov.11-12
The Portia Project, a charitable organization that provides legal and other assistance to incarcerated women at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Ore., and is led by Oregon Law Professor Barbara Aldave, will host its annual conference Thursday, Nov. 11, and Friday, Nov. 12, at the Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St., Eugene.
“Prisons and People: A Focus on Women and Their Children” is a free public conference that will feature thoughtful and inspiring works by two Northwest artists and a keynote presentation by Nancy Howton, superintendent of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.
Photographer Cheryl Hanna-Truscott will be on hand Thursday to discuss her photography exhibit, “Protective Custody: Within a Prison Nursery at the Washington Corrections Center for Women.” Also, on Thursday a documentary, “A Sentence for Two,” by filmmaker Randi Jacobs, will be screened. The film features four Oregon women who bore children during their incarcerations. The screening will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in room 242 of the Knight Law Center.
On Friday, Howton will deliver a keynote luncheon address in the Morse Commons of the Knight Law Center. The day will feature a variety of speakers and panelists, including administrators and former inmates of Coffee Creek, families of incarcerated women, social scientists, and representatives of community agencies.
While the conference is free, seating is limited. Those wishing to attend the luncheon must RSVP to Allison Folks at firstname.lastname@example.org.