We hope you’ll join us for our second PEP Talk, a series hosted by the Dornsife Prison Education Project examining issues of incarceration. The event will take place Thursday, September 24th, at 6 PM.
This panel discussion will feature three experts in the field of health: Adnan Khan, Professor Cristina Visperas, and Dr. Rebecca Trotzky-Sirr. Topics covered will include the emergence of bioethics from prisons, USC’s correctional health program, and Covid-19, its effect on prison populations, and most importantly, what we can do to help. The event will be live-steamed to Facebook. Please RSVP for the Webinar Link: https://bit.ly/33tzNRa
Adnan Khan is the Executive Director and co-founder of Re:Store Justice which he co-founded while incarcerated. Adnan was sentenced to 25 years to life under the Felony/Murder rule at the age of 18. While in prison, he inspired, launched and worked on the Felony/Murder rule legislation (Senate Bill 1437) with his organization, Re:Store Justice. The bill passed and after serving 16 years, in January 2019, Adnan was the first person re-sentenced under the bill he helped create. In addition, during his incarceration, he created FIRSTWATCH, a media filmmaking project produced entirely by incarcerated men at San Quentin State Prison that still produces short films today. His sentence was also commuted by Governor Jerry Brown in December 2018. Today, he is continues his advocacy work nationally as well as internationally. He is an Art for Justice Fellow and is on the California Reentry Enrichment Grant steering committee.
Professor Cristina Visperas examines the intersections of race, state violence, and the life sciences, and whose work is deeply engaged in Visual Culture Studies, Science and Technology Studies, African American Studies, and Disability Studies. She is currently writing a book manuscript on the visual culture of postwar medical science research conducted in prisons. Visperas holds a Ph.D. in Communication, Science Studies, from the University of California, San Diego, where she previously taught courses on communication, race, and science and technology, and during which time she was also managing editor of the open-access journal, Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience (2014-2016). Prior to becoming a communication scholar, Visperas had been a laboratory researcher in both academic and industry settings, where the focus of her work had ranged from stems cells and parasitic plants to burn injuries and the biochemistry of membranes.
Rebecca Trotzky (MD, MS) is a family doctor in the Emergency Department of LAC + USC. She is the Medical Director of Urgent Care and Continuity Care Center, and Jail Health Services. She opens the doors to Los Angeles County Department of Health Services for all regardless of immigration or insurance status. She is faculty at Keck School of Medicine at USC, and lectures on immigration as a modifiable health determinant. Rebecca is the medical consultant with Al Otro Lado, a bi-national legal service non-profit at The Wellness Center in LA providing medical forensic documentation for asylum cases. In Tijuana, Mexico, the group focuses on successful re-integration and family reunification of Los Angeles County’s deportee
Alex Mallick is the Co- Founder and serves as Communications Director of Re:Store Justice. Her work in California includes policy, advocacy and communication strategy to advance justice reform. In addition to working on legislation, she works with incarcerated individuals to help change the narrative and shine a light on the power of rehabilitation.
In 2016, inspired by the people she had worked with inside prison for years- many of whom were serving life sentences- Alex set out to change one of the laws that unjustly kept so many people locked up: the felony murder rule. In collaboration with co-founder Adnan Khan, who was serving a life sentence at the time, they assembled a team at Re:Store and with organizations across the state, that would eventually amend the unfair felony murder rule law in California (Senate Bill 1437). Through her persistence and determination, the bill went into effect in 2019.
Today she continues to advocate against extreme sentencing and works with survivors of crime to create healing through restorative justice practices. Prior to joining Re:Store Justice, she worked at Human Rights Watch as an Associate Director in the Bay Area.
She grew up in France and graduated from New York University with a B.A in journalism and middle eastern studies.