This episode of CRT2 features Professor Anna Arons, Joyce McMillan, and Professor Dorothy Roberts. Discussion topics include the need for abolition and how we can work toward a society that actually keeps children and families safe without relying on systematic violence.
Professor Arons speaks on her experiences as a public defender working in the family regulation system and shares insights from her recent COVID-19 related research which found that the withdrawal of New York City’s vast family regulation system during the pandemic did not lead to an increase in child abuse. Families found support elsewhere through community-based mutual aid and new government entitlements. In this way, the city’s shutdown became an unplanned experiment in abolition, “demonstrating a possible future absent the massive, oppressive apparatus of the family regulation system."
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Arons, Anna; Green, Abie; McMillan, Joyce; Roberts, Dorothy; Yu, Angela; and Zhang, Manny, "CRT2 S1 Ep2: CRT and Family Regulation System: Toward Abolition" (2022). CRT2 Season 1. 4.