MEETING TIME AND LOCATION
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Wesley United Methodist Church
800 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50316-4304
Brown Bag Lunch
P.O. Box 71272, Clive, IA 50325
INTRODUCTIONS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
ICIW Report – Warden Patti Wachtendorf or ICIW Representative
Treasurer – Rosemary Jungmann
We welcome Latrice Lacey, lobbyist for the ACLU, to our April meeting. Lacey is a recent graduate from Drake Law School with a certificate in Legislative Practice. During her final year in law school she worked at the ACLU of Iowa as a legal and legislative intern, including work at the State Capitol during the 2013 legislative session. Latrice is a former clerk for Iowa Senator Pam Jochum and worked for the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. At Drake, she was president of the Black Law Student Association.
She received her undergraduate degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago. After college, Lacey worked as assistant curator at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, where she became dedicated to working toward the advancement of civil liberties.
RECAP OF MARCH 18, 2013 MEETING:
In March, Buzz Hoffman, professor at DMACC, shared with us the personality inventory “Colors” that is used as women enter prison to help them better understand themselves and others. The goal is for them to realize that different is not bad, different is only different. Therefore they will hopefully be more accepting of others and their ways of doing things that are different from their own. And perhaps even appreciate them, but at least eliminate or lessen the times when differences escalate into physical confrontations.
UPCOMING MEETINGS & PRESENTERS:
We are in for a rare and special treat in May. The staff from Unit 9, the treatment unit at ICIW, will be our guests. The treatment unit has four pods each with approximately 48 women: one pod for Pre-treatment to help women achieve a mind-set open to treatment, 9 month (STAR — Sisters Together Achieving Recovery) and 6 month (WISH – Women Inspiring Sobriety Health) treatment programs and Aftercare, where women serve as mentors to those going through treatment. The staff will share with us their role in helping women achieve success.