The Criminalization of Poverty with Peter B. Edelman and Jennifer Jones Austin

Thursday, March 14
6:00 PM
Hemmerdinger Hall, NYU Silver Center

As New York lawmakers consider ending cash bail and mull reforms that disproportionately impact low-income communities, a revealing conversation about the criminalization of poverty will take place with Professor Peter B. Edelman, faculty director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown Law.

Moderated by Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO and Executive Director of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), this one-on-one dialogue will happen on Thursday, March 14, 2019, 6:00–7:30 pm at Hemmerdinger Hall in the NYU Silver Center for Arts and Sciences (100 Washington Square East). It is co-hosted by NYU Strategies to Reduce Inequality initiative and NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. Contact Sheryl Huggins Salomon at for interviews and to attend.

Peter B. Edelman is a long-time policy maker and scholar focusing on poverty, inequality and Constitutional Law. He was a legislative aide to Robert F. Kennedy, and also served in the Clinton Administration. His latest book, Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America (The New Press), investigates the ways in which people are penalized through the justice system simply for being poor. The title will be released in paperback July 2019.

Jennifer Jones Austin, a child and family advocate, is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), an anti-poverty, policy and advocacy organization with 170 member human services agencies and faith partners operating throughout New York City.

Community Co-Sponsors

Logos of Community Co-Sponsors