Demelza Baer Joins Panel on Combating and Eliminating Segregation in NJ at The Color of Law Forum
On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Monarch Housing Associates in partnership with Seton Hall University Law School, the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ, and NJ Institute for Social Justice (the institute) will host a Public Policy Forum on The Color of Law.
The Public Policy Forum keynote speaker and author Richard Rothstein will present the national research in his book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Government Segregated America, and take questions from the audience.
Please save the date for this important event and opportunity to delve deeper into the issue of segregation. The Forum will include the opportunity to discuss how we can all work to further advance fair housing in New Jersey. Registration will begin on April 2 for the May 16 event to be held at Seton Hall Law School in Newark.
As part of the Public Policy Forum’s program, Demelza Baer, Senior Counsel & Director of the Economic Mobility Initiative at the NJ Institute for Social Justice will join panelists:
- Prof. Paula Franzese, Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School, Moderator
- Richard Rothstein, Author, The Color of Law
- Rev. Eric Dobson, Fair Share Housing Center
- Felicia Alston-Singleton, Fair Housing Officer Newark Housing Authority
Demelza is the author of the groundbreaking report, “Bridging the Two Americas: Employment & Economic Opportunity in Newark & Beyond,” which has been cited in The New York Times and The Guardian. Her writing on racial and economic justice has been published in the Star Ledger, Asbury Park Press, and Next City.
She previously worked as a Policy Counsel for the Washington Legislative Office of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where she worked on racial justice, women’s rights, disability rights, human rights, and criminal justice reform through advocacy before the U.S. Congress and Administrative Agencies.
Before working at the ACLU, Demelza served as an Assistant Counsel for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, where she worked both on civil rights issues for the Subcommittee on the Constitution and on oversight for the full Committee.
Demelza also served as an appellate law clerk for the Honorable Maria M. Cabret of the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands, and before attending law school, as a researcher at the Justice Policy Center of the Urban Institute.
The Institute’s mission is to empower urban residents to realize and achieve their full potential. Established in 1999 by Alan V. and Amy Lowenstein, the Institute’s dynamic and independent advocacy is aimed at toppling load-bearing walls of structural inequality to create just, vibrant, and healthy urban communities.
The Institute employs a broad range of advocacy tools to advance our ambitious urban agenda, including research, analysis and writing, public education, grassroots organizing, communications, the development of pilot programs, legislative strategies, and litigation.
Using a holistic approach to address the unique and critical issues facing New Jersey’s urban communities, the Institute advocates for systematic reform that is at once transformative, achievable in the state, and replicable in communities across the nation.