Margaret Hinson joined CIC last summer to research Oregon and Washington’s parenting sentencing alternatives, and will continue that work through this summer. The goal is to create a document of the benefits and successes fo Oregon and Washington’s programs, which allow parents to be deferred from prison into an intensive probation program that has exceptionally high success rates. Such a program would prevent much of the pain and damage that the incarceration of a parent currently causes. In the fall, Margaret will be attending UCIrvine Law school, to one day become a public defender.
Kania Johnson is a recent Family Social Science graduate from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She will begin her master’s program studying public policy this fall at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She is passionate about children and families and this passion drives the work she hopes to do during her time at CIC. Kania’s research interests are exploring programs that support children with incarcerated caregivers and how mentorship can serve as an effective intervention for youth with incarcerated caregivers. She also will be supporting CIC’s future program initiatives and organizing college students to raise awareness and advocate for children of incarcerated caregivers. Kania hopes to create and advocate for policies that are inclusive to the unique experiences of families and children in the field of education.
Daniela Kunkel-Linares is an incoming third year at the University of Minnesota. She is majoring in Political Science and Global Studies with focuses in Human Rights and Justice and the Middle East as well as a minor in Family and Community Engagement. Previously she served four years on the City of Bloomington’s Human Rights Commission which sparked her interest in community service and human rights and has continued that same passion through her coursework. She joined CIC this January to research international programs or organizations in Latin America that do similar work as CIC in hopes of partnering with them. These partnerships are in hopes that both organizations will be more successful as a result from learning from each other.
Naomi Lopez is a rising sophomore at Carleton College and is pursuing majors in Political Science and Religion. With her many years of service work, Naomi is passionate about community organizing and its ability to empower historically marginalized groups. She is a proud Girl Scout troop leader and is involved with her school’s Undocumented Student Interests Committee. At CIC, she will continue to develop her skills as a community advocate by focusing on and learning more about the unique problems confronting children of incarcerated parents. In the future, Naomi hopes to become a lawyer and work with Native American communities here in Minnesota, defending their sacred sites and plants.
Sarah Perez-Sanz joined CIC’s team as a Master’s student in Public Health Administration and Policy at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Her work with CIC will focus on two areas. First, Sarah will conduct an analysis of alternative sentencing practices in Oregon and the feasibility of implementing similar policies in Minnesota. Ideally, this work will encourage and inform the creation of an alternative sentencing pilot program. She will also lead the evaluation of a pilot YMCA summer camp program for youth currently experiencing parental incarceration. This program is funded by the Minneapolis Foundation and aims to provide an engaging experience and facilitate future youth outreach. Sarah’s interests broadly include public health policy, evaluation, and health equity.
Kristin Stock is a May 2019 graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Kristin was drawn to CIC because of her interest in criminal law and how it affects individuals and families. One of her undergraduate majors at the University of Minnesota was Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance. Currently, Kristin focuses on performing legal research and examining relevant legal programs implemented in other jurisdictions.