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Race, Gender, and Prisons

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Professor Bernardine Dohrn, activist, academic and children’s and women’s rights advocate, is a retired Associate Clinical Professor at Northwestern University School of Law. She writes and lectures on international human rights law, children in conflict with the law, racism and youth justice, school law, and torture. 

At Northwestern, she was the (founding) director of the Children and Family Justice Center for twenty-three years. The Center represents young people in court, and is a national policy center for the comprehensive needs of children, adolescents and their families. 

Dohrn is an author and co-editor of three books: “Race Course: Against White Supremacy (2009) with Bill Ayers; “A Century of Juvenile Justice” (2002); and “Resisting Zero Tolerance: A Handbook for Parents, Teachers and Students” (2001). 
Most recently she has written “In My Lifetime, Young People Have Changed the World: Children as Social Actors” in Diving In, and “The Surprising Role of the CRC in a Non-State Party” in Litigating the Rights of the Child. 

Dohrn taught human rights law at Northwestern, has been a visiting lecturer over ten years at Leiden University faculty of law in the Netherlands, and a lecturer at the University of Chicago. 

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