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April 09, 2021

Belly of the Beast

The ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice, the ABA Section of Tort Trial and Insurance Practice and the ABA Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice presented a virtual viewing and discussion of:  BELLY OF THE BEAST

Panel Discussion Held: 
Feb 4, 2021
 10am- 11:30pm PST/ 12pm-1:30pm CST / 1pm-2:30pm EST

> Watch panel discussion here
Passcode: MR0@bhc0 

When an unlikely duo discovers a pattern of illegal sterilizations in women’s prisons, they wage a near impossible battle against the Department of Corrections. Filmed over seven years with extraordinary access and intimate accounts from currently and formerly incarcerated people, BELLY OF THE BEAST exposes modern-day eugenics and reproductive injustice in California prisons.

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  • Kelli Dillion –Featured Survivor; Survivor of Domestic and State Violence; City of Los Angeles Commissioner; Co-Chair of Empowerment Congress Southeast; Executive Director of Back to the Basics
  • Cynthia Chandler –Featured Attorney, Prison Industrial Complex Abolitionist
  • Erika Cohn - Director/Producer
  • Angela Tucker - Producer
  • Moderator, Vincent Tong, Principle, Tong Law

Additional co-sponsors: ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, ABA Commission on Hispanic Rights and Responsibilities, ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, ABA Center on Human Rights, and ABA Young Lawyers Division, ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession

Belly of the Beast movie poster

Belly of the Beast movie poster

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