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MaldenCORE's 4th Wednesday Conversations
5/22/2019 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM

As a program associate in Vera’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections, Mikelina Belaineh's work focuses on reducing jail incarceration, addressing racial, ethnic and other disparities in the criminal justice system, and engaging impacted communities in system reform efforts. Their work consists of research, writing, and providing technical assistance to local jurisdictions and communities. Prior to joining Vera, Mikelina served as the Chief Program Officer for the nonprofit social enterprise InnerCity Weightlifting, a street violence reduction program serving street and gang-involved young adults by connecting them with new resources, networks, and opportunities. They now support the organization's work in an advisory role. 
    Mikelina became interested in social justice issues in college, where they spent their four years organizing around LGBTQ issues in rural parts of Texas. In law school, they narrowed their focus to issues around criminal justice, recognizing it as a system that has implications for all areas of social justice, and therefore an opportunity to facilitate great impact. Mikelina holds a JD from Harvard Law School, where they served as co-president of Lambda and co-founded the Queer and Trans People of Color student organization, and a BA with honors from Texas A&M University. Mikelina was born and raised in Arlington, TX, where their family established a diaspora after immigrating from Ethiopia and Eritrea.
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