Last week, Dawn joined the North Carolina Black and Brown Policy Network’s (BBPN) Advocacy Day at the NC General Assembly. BBPN formed out of the COVID-19 pandemic to address the urgent need for change, substantial resources, policy overhaul, and equity for directly-impacted BIPOC folks. Today, the network helps to align and strengthen advocacy in NC for people of color.
Dawn leads the BBPN Crimmigration Team, which works at the intersection of criminal justice and immigration. At the advocacy day, they pushed hard to have directly impacted people included on the NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission so that cops don’t get to set the standards for their own behavior without input from the people they are meant to serve. The team also worked hard to realize tuition equity for migrant worker children, whose current designation as “out-of-state” students limits their access to public schools.