Women’s History Month Conference Explores Improper Policing; Looks at How Women in Law Enforcement Try to Improve System March 20

–Panelists Include Women in the Fields of Law Enforcement, Legal Affairs, Academia, the Visual Arts, and Ministry —

The annual Virginia Frese Palmer conference, celebrating Women’s History Month, will examine Women and Policing: Injustices of Improper Policing and Women in Law Enforcement Working to Improve the System.

Free and open to the public.

Monday, March 20, 2017, from 9 am to 12:30 pm
A complimentary lunch will be served immediately following from 12:30–2 pm.
RSVP by email to joyce.warren@qc.cuny.edu or call (718) 997-3098                        

Queens College Student Union, Fourth Floor
65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Queens
Click here for directions to QC, and here for a campus map


Lydia DeLisi has run “women in policing” conferences and was herself in the trenches as a uniformed officer. She joined the NYPD in 1982, and as one of the few women at the time in a male-dominated organization, she felt the pressure of sexual harassment. As a facilitator in the Human Relations Unit of the Police Academy, she helped to train police officers in “Sensitivity and Ethical Awareness.”

Laura Goodman works with the National Center for Women in Policing, where the emphasis is on defusing potentially violent situations. Her current work focuses on increasing the representation of women in police leadership roles, reducing violence against women and children, and teaching police officers victim-centered engagement.

Chantelle Cleary oversees the University of Albany’s responses to gender discrimination and sexual violence. She worked for ten years as an Assistant District Attorney assigned exclusively to the prosecution of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and crimes against children.

Faye Williams is National President/CEO of the National Congress of Black Women. She holds four doctoral degrees and is a lawyer and ordained minister. Appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Scholars Commission, she has published numerous books, the most recent of which is The Truth Shall Set You Free. She is an activist in civil and human rights organizations with a passion for service to others.

Kei Williams is a lead organizer with Black Lives Matter NYC Chapter and the Project Coordinator with Movement Netlab, a practice-centered “think tank.” Kei is a self-taught visual artist and photographer who utilizes creative skills to assist small businesses and local organizations and to center the lives of those most marginalized in society: black transgender folks and those who live with mental illness.

Nermeen Arastu is a CUNY Law Professor and Supervising Attorney in the Immigrant & Non-Citizen-Rights Clinic. She was staff attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and has been involved with immigration defense, suppression, asylum, and citizenship. She has also addressed anti-Muslim bias in immigration, and advocated against religious profiling and law enforcement surveillance.

Kate Mogulescu is a supervising attorney in the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Practice, where she represents indigent clients. She represents victims of trafficking, and is the lead attorney on the Survivor Reentry Project. Last fall she led a lawsuit against NYC, challenging the constitutionality of an anti-loitering law that police were using improperly to target transgender women, primarily women of color.

Susan Dewey is a professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wyoming. With over a decade of research and consulting experience on sex work and violence against women, she has published nine books, the most recent of which is Women of the Street. She is the founder and co-coordinator of Wyoming Pathways from Prison, which provides incarcerated women with college courses at no cost.

Co-sponsored by Africana Studies, CERRU, the Divisions of Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Departments of English, History, Political Science, and Sociology.

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