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Voices from Inside: COVID-19 in the California Prison System
Drawing upon the letters from incarcerated people to Mervyn M. Dymally written in the 1970s, this community event seeks to have an authentic dialogue by creating space for formerly incarcerated women to share their experiences and lead the discussion about the contemporary carceral state.

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May 6, 2021 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Robert A. Ortiz Archila
Education & Outreach Coordinator @Project Rebound, Cal State LA
Robert Ortiz Archila is originally from Bell, CA. He served in the US Army as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and was deployed to Iraq & Afghanistan. As a formerly incarcerated individual, his transition to civilian life has been difficult as Robert has experienced homelessness, addiction and repeat incarceration. His academic journey began at San Bernardino Valley College where he earned a AS degree in Aerospace and transferred to Cal State Fullerton where he earned a degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in LatinX studies. With the support of Project Rebound, Robert is completing his Master's degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education (SDHE) at Long Beach State. Robert plans to apply for a doctoral program next year, and is happy to continue serving the formerly incarcerated student population in Southern California.
Troy Vaughn
Executive Director @LARRP
In his role as Executive Director of LARRP, the network as grown to now over 400 agencies. LARRP has had a tremendous impact on capacity building of smaller CBOs, and has fought for input/inclusion in the County’s contracting and budgeting process. In 2013, LARRP launched its 50% campaign to create more funding to CBOs that served people under AB 109. LARRP’s effort resulted in an increase of AB109 funding to CBOs from 11% to now over 27%. Mr. Vaughn also serves as Founder, President and CEO of Christ-Centered Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating housing and employment opportunities for the disenfranchised. Throughout his 20+ year career, Mr. Vaughn has held a wide range of executive roles for several large non-profits in the Los Angeles area, including CEO and COO of two Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers (FQHCs), COO of Shields for Families, CPO for Lamp Community and Executive Director and Vice President of the Weingart Center for the Homeless.