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Black Families Matter: How the U.S. Family Regulation System Punishes Poor People of Color

Dorothy E. Roberts
One hour lecturer.  This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare, the groundbreaking study of family regulation by acclaimed scholar of race, gender, and the law, Professor Dorothy E. Roberts. Drawing on her forthcoming book, Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families—And How Abolition Can Build a Safer World, Professor Roberts will examine in this lecture the fundamental racism of the child welfare system, which collaborates with law enforcement to police families in ways that disproportionately and negatively affect people of color, and she will discuss why this system of family regulation should be dismantled.
Organized by the Penn Program on Regulation
and co-sponsored by the
Penn Law Office of Equity and Inclusion and
The Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research
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