Racial Justice Breakfast
The Annual Racial Justice Breakfast was established in 2001 to promote the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and create a safe space where participants can confront racism. Attendees experience a meaningful dialogue about racism’s personal and community-wide effects and hear from keynote speakers who have had a national impact on landmark civil rights cases.
March 21, 2017 - 7:30-9:30 a.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Keynote Speaker: Adam Foss
Adam Foss is Co-Founder of Prosecutor Integrity and a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform and the importance of the role of the prosecutor in ending mass incarceration. As former Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of Suffolk County, Adam became one of Boston's leading voices for compassion in criminal justice. As a speaker on criminal justice reform he promotes better training for prosecutors that would allow them to view each case through a lens of cultural competency, integrity, compassion and concern for the safety of the public, well-being of the victim and the betterment of the person charged with the crime.
Following graduation from Suffolk University Law School (Cum Laude) and initially considering a career as a public defender, Adam quickly realized becoming a prosecutor would allow him to make a positive difference in his community. He co-founded the Roxbury CHOICE program to turn probation from a punitive sentence into a beneficial relationship with the court, the probation department, and the District Attorney's Office. He is also the founder of the SCDAO Reading Program which bridges the achievement gap of area elementary school students. Currently, Adam is developing a new diversion program for first-time juvenile offenders in the Suffolk County Juvenile Court., and he is designing training and curriculum for prosecutors to reframe their role in the criminal justice system. He is also developing plans for new software and data analysis to better inform prosecution offices of the individual and the best pathways toward justice and long-term safety.
2017 Racial Justice Awards
We are proud to honor Donna Jones Baker and Robert Brand Newman
Natasha M. Cavanaugh
Union Institute & University
University of Cincinnati
Ann W. & Peter Williams Family Foundation
Beckman, Weil, Shepardson, LLC
Cincinnati Human Relations Commission
Debra Rothstein Clark
Dinsmore & Shohl
Frost Brown Todd, LLC
Gerhardstein & Branch
Keating, Muething & Klekamp PLL
Kohnen & Patton
Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
Northern Kentucky University
John & Francie Pepper
The E.W. Scripps Company
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, LLP
Thompson Hine, LLP
Ulmer & Berne
Urban League of Greater Cincinnati
Western & Southern Financial Group
Wood, Herron & Evans, LLP
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