Voices from See Us, Support Us: Danait W. Yemane

Voices from See Us, Support Us: Danait W. Yemane

02 Oct 2018

Throughout #SeeUsSupportUs month, we will highlight the voices of people directly impacted by parental incarceration. Below is a piece by See Us, Support Us partner Danait, a Columbia University MPH candidate, about her relationship with her father and how his incarceration affected him and their relationship. 


 

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Statement from the Osborne Association on the Nationwide Prison Strike

Statement from the Osborne Association on the Nationwide Prison Strike

09 Sep 2018

Today, on the anniversary of the 1971 Attica prison uprising, people in prison across 17 states end a three-week prison strike. At the start, organizers released a list of 10 demands that include immediately improving working and living conditions in prison, rescinding the Prison Litigation Reform Act (a cynical "reform" that severely restricts the rights of incarcerated people to mount legal challenges), restoring voting rights to all confined citizens, ending death by incarceration, and providing rehabilitation services for all people in prison, including those convicted of violent crimes. 

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William Morton Comes Home

On a clear summer day in July, William Morton left Fishkill Correctional Facility after twenty two years of incarceration. As he passed through the final chain link fence into the parking lot, he was met with a smile, tears, and a hug by Laura Roan, director of Elderly Reentry Initiative (ERI), an Osborne program based in Newburgh, New York.  

Leaving Fishkill

 

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Osborne Welcomes Two New Board Members

Osborne Welcomes Two New Board Members

11 Jul 2018

The Osborne Association– a New York-based policy advocacy and direct-service organization dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system – welcomed 20-year New York Times reporter Esther Fein and L+M Development Partners Vice President of Community Affairs Yasmin Cornelius to its Board of Directors this month. Both new members share a deep-seated commitment to enacting meaningful and humane criminal justice reform and offer the organization extensive experience in public service, community development and media relations to further Osborne’s mission. 

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Arzu Yetim Gives Back

Arzu Yetim Gives Back

24 Jul 2018

In 2016, after five years in New York State prison, Arzu Yetim was in a work-release program at Edgecombe Correctional Facility in Upper Manhattan. She was committed to returning and staying home and knew she needed to find a job to do that. Arzu enrolled in Osborne’s job training program and was an eager and focused participant from her first day.  

“The first thing she said to me was, 'I want to be a flagger,'" said program coordinator Jenny Santiago. Arzu says she had been interested in construction flagging since she was a child. “When I was little, I remember driving by the guys out there and telling my dad I wanted to do that someday.” Though Osborne didn’t offer flagger certification at the time, Jenny arranged funding to allow Arzu to complete a flagging certification course.

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