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Bresha Meadows Teach-In

On January 19, 2017, the UIC Women’s Leadership and Resource Center and Campus Advocacy Networkhosted an event at the Latino Cultural Center about the case if Bresha Meadows. The 15-year-old Ohio native has been held for six months, charged with killing her father, but family members have pointed to evidence of repeated abuse as the motivation for self-defense. Many have pointed out race as an unequal element in the treatment of this case and others in situations of domestic abuse and defense. At this interactive program, WLRC/CAN staff invited participants to discuss the history of the criminal justice system, particularly with regard to treatment of minors and women of color, before reviewing the details of the case. After this event, Meadows attended a hearing on January 20th, resulting in the decision that she would leave jail to attend a treatment facility until the trial in May.