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IRJ issues Traffic Stop & Race Data Collection Study to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation

The Institute on Race and Justice issued its Traffic Stop & Race Data Collection Initial Findings Study to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.  Read more

The Massachusetts Committee To Reduce Firearm Violence Issues Report

The Massachusetts Committee to Reduce Firearm Violence, led by Dr. Jack McDevitt, Director of the Institute on Race and Justice at Northeastern University, issues its report to the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Read more

IRJ Partnering with Boston Police Academy

The Institute on Race and Justice and its Community Advisory Board are working in collaboration with the Boston Police Training Academy. Read more

IRJ Releases Hate Crime Report

IRJ Releases Hate Crime Report which examines trends in Hate Crimes against Immigrants and Hispanic Americans. Read more

IRJ Releases Hate Crime Report

IRJ Releases Hate Crime Report which examines trends in Hate Crimes against Immmigrants and Hispanic Americans. This project  was funded by the National Institute of Justice and  conducted in partnership with Abt Associates.  The report seeks to identify if hate crimes against Hispanics and Immigrants have increased during this time of increasing anti-immigrant rhetoric.  The report focuses on five states (Arizona, California, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas) Hate Crimes Final Report 2013

Lincoln Legacy Town Hall

Lincoln, Douglass and the Transformative Power of WordsLincoln Legacy Town Hall “Lincoln, Legacy and the Transformative Power of Words” 

In collaboration with the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, IRJ hosted and cnvened one of seven National Town Hall Meeting community meeting.  The purpose of this Town hall was to create an opportunity to build and strengthen bridges local commnity and national leaders committed to insuring equal access to educational opportunities for all.  Distinguished guest panelists included Actor / Author Hill Harper; Brandeis Associate Professor Peniel Joseph; Filmaker Gary Ross; and Harvard University Program Chair John Stauffer.

Strategies, Opportunities and Solutions for Ex-Offenders Summit

DSCF0308In collaboration with Boston Connects Inc., IRJ hosted and convened a two day city wide summit on how to improve employment oppprtunities for ex-offenders.  The summit consisted of over 150 participants including business owners, ex-offenders, researchers, and city officials discussiing strategies to create partenrships to address these issues.

Disproportionate Minority Contact: A Focus on Juvenile Justice in Massachusetts

In collaboration with the Roxbury Defender’s Unit, Committee for Public Counsel Services, American Civil Liberties Union, Citizens for Juvenile Justice, Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard University and the  Juvenile Justice Center at Suffolk Law School, IRJ hosted and convened a day-long workshop devoted to understanding and addressing the problem of disproportionate minority contact with the Juvenile Justice system in Massachusetts

Reconstructing the School to Prison Pipeline: Charting Intervention Strategies of Prevention and Support for Minority Children

The Institute on Race and Justice, in collaboration with The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, sponsored a conference on the School to Prison Pipeline.  The goals of the conference were to commission research that would explore how school policies and practices may affect the flow of certain students into the criminal justice system and to better understand how educational institutions can work in concert with community and public agencies to implement programs of intervention and prevention.

Angela Davis: Radical Frameworks for Social Justice


In conjunction with the Racial Profiling conference, IRJ hosted an evening plenary session with Angela Davis as a keynote speaker on “Radical Frameworks for Social Justice.” Over 750 people attended the event, which was followed by a private reception with Professor Davis and IRJ invited guests. Professor Davis focused her lecture around racial profiling, the prison industrial complex, and the failure of our education system to educate our youth. She also emphasized the importance of academia-community partnerships as a tool for providing information towards affecting social policy, saying, “It’s absolutely crucial to conduct this kind of research and to make it accessible to community workers and police departments, so that something can be done strategically toward the cessation of racial profiling.”