The Girl Talk: Women in Jail Edition

The Girl Talk: Women in Jail Edition

Tue, November 27, 2018

6:30 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL


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The Girl Talk
The Girl Talk
The Girl Talk is a monthly show at The Hideout featuring powerful and influential Chicago women you should know. Each month, we tackle an issue facing our city, state and country and learn from the women working to make things better.
Women in Jail Edition
“When you incarcerate women, you incarcerate the whole family.”
-Lavette Mayes

You’ve heard the stories: women in jail having to go through labor in shackles, and being separated from their babies as soon as they’re born. There are nearly 220,000 women locked up nationally--and nearly 2,600 in state prisons here in Illinois. This month, we’re bringing in some of the women pushing locally to make life more humane for women in jail and for the kids of incarcerated moms. Plus, as always, we’ll award our Dope Queen of the Month and shame the Douche of the Month. Come learn and toast to the new year a little early, as this is our last show of 2018.

Bridget Gainer
Bridget Gainer is a Cook County Commissioner proudly representing Chicago's north and northwest sides. She is the founder of Cause the Effect Chicago, and she most recently secured $500,000.00 in the County Budget to improve treatment for women in the Cook County Jail by funding services for pregnant women and children.

Michelle Mbekeani
Michelle Mbekeani is a Policy Advisor for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. There she focuses on juvenile justice policy and reform. Prior to that, Michelle was the Community Justice Staff Attorney at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. There she focused on police reform within schools and policy reform in the area of mental health, voting rights, criminal and juvenile justice.

Michelle received her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was awarded the Tony Patino Fellowship. Michelle started her legal career in the Civil Rights Team of Equip for Equality. There she provided legal assistance to individuals living with disabilities in Illinois state prisons and Institutions of Mental Diseases.

Michelle earned her B.A. from Stony Brook University in German Language and Literature, Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. As a former Émigré Memorial German Fellow, she worked for Germany’s State Parliament in the Department of Education and Integration advocating for primary/secondary language assistance programs for immigrant children in Germany.

This year Michelle was awarded Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 for her work in law and policy. In 2017, Michelle was awarded Crain’s Chicago Business 20 in their 20's award. Michelle was elected as Township Trustee in Oak Park, Illinois in May of 2017. Michelle’s writing has been published in Crain’s Chicago Business, the Chicago Reporter, and Oak Park’s Wednesday Journal. She has been featured for her work on CBS News, WBEZ, WTTW, the Atlantic Magazine, Huffington Post, Slate Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune.

Esther Franco-Payne
Esther Franco-Payne is the Executive Director of Cabrini Green Legal Aid. A long-time advocate, Esther continues to educate the community about issues related to exposure to trauma, violence prevention, and criminal justice reform. She has a master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, is a 2015 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and resides in Chicago with her husband and their three children.
Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642