Thank you to the researchers and practitioners whose contributions help us explore the relationship between human rights, poverty, racism, and the criminal justice system.
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto (Sociology and Criminology)
Akwasi Owusu-Bempah is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto (Sociology and Criminology), a Senior Fellow at Massey College and a Special Advisor to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Prof. Owusu-Bempah’s work examines the intersections of race, crime and criminal justice, with a particular focus on policing. Prior to becoming a professor, he held positions with the National Judicial Institute, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
- Publication: Understanding the impact of racism, colonialism, and poverty on Canada’s criminal justice system
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Dr. Mai Phan
Race Data Collection Expert, Toronto Police Service
Dr. Mai Phan is a data expert consultant who is passionate about data equity, social justice, equity, and human rights. She has over 20 years of experience teaching, researching, developing, and leading initiatives to address systemic barriers and promote inclusive practices and policies in public sector organizations. Mai is currently supporting the Toronto Police Service’s anti-racism data initiative, Race and Identity-Based Data Collection Strategy. She was a senior research and policy advisor at the Anti-Racism Directorate at the Province of Ontario where she led the development of the Ontario Anti-Racism Data Standards and provided strategic advice to public sector organizations regulated to collect race-based data under the Anti-Racism Act.
- Publication: Race-based data in the criminal justice system