Join the BATJC for an event with Nicole Pittman!

EVENT:  Beyond the Registry: How Youth Registration Undermines Healing and Justice

WHEN: October 5, 2016 at 6:30pm

WHERE: Fuller Hall, Downs Memorial United Methodist Church, 6026 Idaho St., Oakland 94608 

This event is free and open to the public, please RSVP HERE

Nicole will share about her work on youth registration and child-on-child sexual harm. If you haven’t heard of Nicole’s work, you can check-out a recent article from The New Yorker as well as Raised on the Registry.

Beyond the Registry: How Youth Registration Undermines Healing and Justice

It’s tempting, especially in sexual harm situations involving children, to cast a perpetrator and a victim; but this false binary fails to capture a complete story and contributes to punitive state responses that instead of disrupting cycles of trauma only cause more damage. Forty states include children — some as young as 8 years old — on sex-offense registries, labeling them for decades or life. In this discussion, we will explore the destructive impact of placing children on sex-offense registries as well as how to evolve beyond flawed conceptions of child-on-child sexual harm and toward transformative responses that can prevent further suffering.

This event aims to:

– Understand the current legal responses to child-on-child sexual harm in California and nationwide, and the impact of registration on children, survivors and families

– Discuss flawed narratives about registries and youth who cause sexual harm along with strategies for disrupting those narratives

– Brainstorm alternative responses to support survivors, those who have harmed, and their families

Nicole Pittman: Director, Center on Youth Registration Reform at Impact Justice  (@NicoleNPittman)

Nicole Pittman founded the Center on Youth Registration Reform at Impact Justice, an organization dedicated to eliminating the widespread practice of placing kids on sex-offense registries. A Stoneleigh and Rosenberg Leading Edge Fund fellow (and 2011 Senior Soros Justice Advocacy fellow), Pittman, began documenting the harms of labeling young people more than a decade ago as a juvenile public defender. She later collected more than 500 stories for a Human Rights Watch report titled Raised on the Registry. Ending youth registration is part of a larger desire to change the narrative around child sexual behavior, which will ultimately allow the country to move beyond punitive responses and toward lasting child sexual abuse prevention and healing.

PARKING: The church has a large parking lot and lots of street parking as well.

BART AND BUS:  The nearest bart station is Ashby BART, one mile away (here is a map). The closest bus stations are #12 and the F, and the 72M/72R/77 and 88 bus lines are about a 10 minute walk.

ACCESSIBILITY: The space is wheelchair accessible (including bathrooms) and there are several disabled spaces in the parking lot, where the accessible entrance is. Please refrain from wearing perfume/scents to support folks with chemical sensitivitiesIf you have other access needs, please note them in the RSVP form.

CHILDCARE: Due to the content of this event (i.e. child sexual abuse, sex offender registry and child-on-child sexual harm), there will be no childcare.

SELF/GROUP CARE: We encourage all attendees to take care of themselves before, during and after this event. Caring for ourselves and others is important in this work and we want to make sure everyone takes some time to think about what they might need. We will be talking about violence/abuse and it may bring up unexpected things for you. Below are some suggestions that may be useful, especially if you think some of the content may be triggering for you:

– Attend the event with a friend and/or support person. Or have at least one person who knows you will be attending this event that you can reach out to if you need support. 

– Think about what might be best for you before, during and after this event. Some examples might be: Planning to do things that bring you resilience, joy, reflection or nourishment.  Planning down time or to be around people who support you in taking care of yourself. Bringing a meaningful object with you that will help ground/comfort you during the event  (something you can wear, hold in your hand and/or look at are often helpful).

Hope to see you there! Please share and help us spread the word!




Listen to BATJC member Mia Mingus’s talk, which KPFA radio recorded and made available to download or stream:

For those who reject police-and-prisons-dominated responses to violence, what’s the alternative? Sujatha Baliga and Mia Mingus spoke about restorative and transformative justice at a recent symposium in Berkeley. Clarissa Rojas talked about feminism as an anti-imperialist project and about what she calls the medicalization of anti-violence work.

Secret Survivors Documentary — Oakland Screening*
Saturday, January 5, 2013, 4:00pm until 6:30pm
the Living Room Project (1919 Market Street, Oakland, California 94607)
For questions and RSVPs, please contact:

Join us on Saturday, January 5th for a screening of the documentary “Secret Survivors: Using Theater to Break the Silence,” featuring survivors, advocates and survivor-advocates telling their stories through the arts and discussing strategies to end child sexual abuse in our communities.

“Secret Survivors” is a theater project envisioned by survivor-activist Amita Swadhin and created by the NYC-based off-Broadway performance group Ping Chong & Co. This documentary, released in October 2012, builds on the original live theater performance featuring five survivors telling their stories. More info:

This screening is hosted by The Living Room Project and the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collaborative, and will feature a panel and Q&A after the screening. The list of panelists is still in formation but so far includes:
* Amita Swadhin (Secret Survivors Project Coordinator and Cast Member)
* Mia Mingus (Bay Area Transformative Justice Collaborative Member – featured in documentary)
* Sujatha Baliga (Paragate Project Founder and Director, National Council on Crime and Delinquency Senior Program Specialist)
* Eb (Ebony) Brown (Trauma Practitioner and Researcher, Bay Area Transformative Justice Collaborative Member)

For questions and RSVPs, please contact:

We will have community-based healers present to help hold space for all attendees. As space is limited, we ask that you RSVP to this invite. We are asking for a $10 donation at the door to help sustain the Living Room Project. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

The Living Room Project (LRP) is an accessible healing justice practice/community space for queer and trans people of color (qtpoc). Through resource sharing, and collaborative efforts, the space provides opportunities for creative expression, collective healing, and community building. Ultimately the Living Room Project hopes to inspire deeper relationship, interdependence, and care amongst qtpoc communities.

Access info for the LRP:
– the LRP is a wheelchair accessible and scent-free space. there is a long hallway once you get into the building to get to the space itself.
– the LRP is located in west oakland at 1919 market street @ 18th, next door to a big green baptist church.
– the closest bus line is the #88 which drops you off about 1/2 block away.
– the closest bart stations are 19th street/downtown oakland, and west oakland stations. these are still about a 20 min walk or 10 min bike ride.

For questions and RSVPs, please contact: