MEDIA ADVISORY: Coalition of Human Rights Organizations and Community Advocates Form New Court Watching Project
WHAT: A press conference to announce the creation of Justice Watch Georgia, a new court-watching project brought about by a coalition of human rights organizations and community advocates.
WHERE: The Fulton County Courthouse, Pryor Street Entrance
WHEN: 10 AM, Tuesday, September 27
WHO: Speakers will include:
- Terrica Ganzy, Executive Director of the Southern Center for Human Rights
- Fallon McClure, Deputy Director of Policy and Advocacy at the ACLU of Georgia
- Tiffany Roberts, Public Policy Director at the Southern Center for Human Rights
- Bridgette Simpson and Denise Ruben, Co-Directors of Barred Business
- Joia Thornton, National Policy Strategist at the Southern Center for Human Rights
- Aklima Khondoker, Chief Legal Officer at the New Georgia Project
WHY: The systemic failures of the Fulton County courts. From unacceptably lengthy waits before hearings to the long list of people jailed despite being unindicted to the massive unmet mental health needs of the population, both the courts and the jail(s) are in crisis. Through organized court observation and holistic civil education, Justice Watch Georgia seeks to provide critical information and clearer data about the courts to the public, shift policies and practices within courtrooms through educating broader communities, and provide material support to impacted people whenever possible.
Sign up for court-watching trainings in Fulton County here.