The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign released a new podcast episode, “Why Housing Matters to Harm Reductionists and Criminal Legal System and Health Care Reform Advocates.” The fortieth installment in OSAH’s podcast series, the new episode features a discussion with Victoria Palacio, deputy director of State Strategy at the Legal Action Center. Ms. Palacio discusses the work of the Legal Action Center, its participation in the OSAH campaign’s Roundtable, the latest findings from a survey conducted by the Black Harm Reduction Network, the impact of housing on harm reduction efforts and justice-involved populations, the importance of language in advocacy, and the future projects of the Legal Action Center.
Mrs. Palacio also speaks about the work of the Legal Action Center’s “No Health=No Justice” campaign, a multi-state advocacy and organizing strategy that works to support decarceration efforts to ensure that people are not criminalized for conditions related to their health. The campaign involves close partnerships with Legal Action Center’s local and state partners, including Alabama Justice Initiative, Black Futurists Group, Illinois Alliance for Reentry & Justice, Just City Memphis/Decarcerate Memphis, Lifeline 2 Success, National Incarceration Association, Northeastern University School of Law/Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, RestoreHER, Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois/Heartland Alliance, Safer Foundation, Southern Center for Human Rights, The Ordinary Peoples Society, Voices for a Second Chance, and Women on the Rise.
Listen to the podcast episode here.