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Mission: Launch to Partner with Google, D.C. for a Dialogue on Data, Justice, and Opportunity
WASHINGTON, DC February 2, 2017 – Mission: Launch is pleased to announce a partnership with Google, D.C. for a dialogue around the relationship between data, justice, and opportunities in the criminal justice sector. The event, which will take place on February , 2017 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Google, D.C. headquarters, will include expert panelists from a variety of sectors: government, private, education, and nonprofit. Topics for discussion include benefits and drawbacks of data in criminal justice decision making, connecting policy to the discussion of collateral consequences, and initiatives dedicated to expanding workforce opportunities for people living with an arrest/conviction record in the United States. This event stems from months of collaboration between veteran re-entry organization, Mission: Launch and Google, which signed the Fair Chance Business Pledge in 2016.
“Kicking off the year with this timely conversation about smart reentry and workforce opportunities with Google is exciting for organization and our network. For nearly 3 years we have convened stakeholders throughout the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD metropolitan regions to identify opportunities for enhancements in how area residents reintegrate post prison or jail. This event will allow local and national leaders to come and share model practices and industry leading knowledge.” Laurin Hodge, President and Executive Director of Mission: Launch, Inc. The lively panel discussion aims to fuel awareness, discourse, and future partnerships. Registered attendees include professionals for over 8 different industries, students as well as directly impacted individuals.
For more information, Contact LAURIN HODGE, 202-449-4677, Laurin@Mission-Launch.org
Press is invited to attend and should contact Laurin directly as the event is currently on a waitlist and registration is closed. Data, Justice, & Opps Event Registration: www.datajusticeopps.eventbrite.com
About Mission: Launch, Inc.
Tagline: Technology for social good. Impact through coalition. Stories igniting empathy.
Vision: We envision an America that restores equity and creates sustainable opportunities for fresh starts so that citizens facing barriers due to an arrest and/or conviction record can live out their full potential by rejoining society and contributing in meaningful ways.
Mission: Accelerate self-sufficiency for Americans facing discrimination due to criminal justice system connections.
Issue Focus: Poverty alleviation, workforce/economic development for disadvantaged individuals due to criminal justice system connections
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Mission: Launch Co-Founder and Executive Vice President Named A 2016 Soros Justice Fellow
WASHINGTON, DC June 20, 2016 – While criminal justice reform continues to be a major topic of conversation and debate, from Capitol Hill to the talking points of Presidential presumptive nominees, Mission: Launch is pleased to announce that Executive Vice President and co-founder, Teresa Hodge, has been named a 2016 Soros Justice Fellow by the Open Society Foundations. The foundation is awarding $1.2 million to fund the criminal justice reform work of fifteen (15) announced recipients. Projects vary in focus, including: reentry advocacy, creating prison to school pipelines and developing humanizing media/digital storytelling campaigns. As a member of the class of 2016, Hodge’s stipend will enable her to launch an eighteen (18) month, criminal justice reform, advocacy campaign focused on Incarceration and the Digital Divide; this campaign will promote tech education and create a pathway for tech opportunities with the goal of helping to shrink the digital divide experienced by formerly incarcerated persons, who are being navigated back to the core of society.
“During the 5 years I was incarcerated, I realized technology was revolutionizing how people engaged in all aspects of life. I went from someone who was a tech early adopter to being on the other side of the digital divide,” says Hodge. “Planning for my own reentry, I purposed to use technology to help me personally reintegrate into the workplace. I’m excited to spend the next 18-months advocating for technology inclusion for those of us with a prior arrest and/or conviction record. Being locked-up in prison should not keep one locked-out of opportunity for the rest their life”
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Advancing Criminal Justice Reform in Baltimore, Local Civic Innovators Reconvene to
Build Prototypes for Post Incarceration Reentry Solutions
BALTIMORE, MD, June 16, 2016 – Just four months after hosting the Rebuilding Reentry
Design and Data Day, its inaugural Baltimore social justice event focused specifically on post
incarceration reentry, Mission: Launch, Inc. is reconvening city stakeholders (including more
than 20 recently released residents) committed to building viable prototypes for future
The Rebuilding Reentry Baltimore Build Day is a one-day event assembling engaged
citizens, from Baltimore and Washington, DC.; attendees have the collective focus of improving
service delivery outcomes for the formerly incarcerated and successfully navigating Baltimore
residents with arrest and conviction records back to the core of society. Based upon systems
gaps identified during the human centered design process of the February event, these reentry
prototypes will advance community sourced ideas, inclusive of the following areas: family
reunification services, probation/parole guidance, vital records/state ID provision, peer
mentorship and anti-stigma efforts.
Our next event is around the corner! Join on Sat. June 18th at the Impact Hub Baltimore for the Rebuilding Reentry Build Day. To learn more and register visit this site: www.rrcbuildday516.eventbrite.com
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MISSION: LAUNCH PARTICIPATES IN TWO INTERACTIVE PANELS AT THE HISTORIC SXSW 2016
WASHINGTON, DC., March 8, 2016 - Mission: Launch, Inc. is honored to announce the organization’s participation in two panels at this year’s showcase of tech, talent and innovation, South by Southwest (SXSW). Executive Director/Co-founder, Laurin Hodge, Executive Vice President (EVP)/Co-founder, Teresa Hodge and Director of Communications/Special Projects, Bryn Phillips will all make their first SXSW panelist presentations during the five (5) day SXSW Interactive. A Keynote Conversation featuring President Barack Obama on Friday, March 11th was recently announced as the highlight of this 30th anniversary event; First Lady Michelle Obama will be the opening Keynote at SXSW Music on Wednesday, March 16, marking the first time that a sitting President and First Lady have ever participated.
Friday, March 11th, the Mission: Launch Co-founders, Laurin and Teresa Hodge, will be hosting a panel inclusive of Flikshop, Founder/CEO, Marcus Bullock. “Prison Tech Boom: Social Outcomes & Entrepreneurs” will address the market and industry demands for prison/jail technology, ways tech improves social outcomes and self-sufficiency for the formerly incarcerated and the growing interest & need for diversity in tech - inclusive of the 1-in-4 Americans with arrest and conviction histories. This panel convenes at 3:30pm CST at the Hilton Austin Downtown, 500 E. 4th St., Salon E.
“I am excited to host this panel. I look forward to interjecting conversations into SXSW that speak to (1) expanding the definition of diversity to include those locked out of more traditional work paths, (2) a growing demand for tech solutions that can adapt to prisons/jails, as well as (3) civic tech and the entrepreneurs who use their lived experiences to build the solutions they wish to see,” says Executive Director, Laurin Hodge. “Leading a panel with my mother and business partner, alongside our professional colleague, Marcus, is going to make for a friendly and fun conversation about the future of civic tech.”