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The Portia Project is pleased to announce that it will hold its twelfth annual conference at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland on Saturday, February 7, 2015. This upcoming all-day conference, will be presented by The Portia Project and The Oregon Justice Resource Center.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Emily Salisbury. As always, the conference will be free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided, with a reception to follow.

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Tentative Conference Schedule:

08:30 – 09:00 a.m.  Introduction and Welcome

09:00 – 09:45 a.m.  Keynote: Dr. Emily Salisbury

10:00 – 11:15 a.m.  Panel: Women Intersecting w/ Oregon’s Criminal Justice System

11:20 – 12:20 a.m.  Panel: Importance of Family Connections for Women Offenders

12:20 – 01:15 p.m.  Lunch

01:20 – 02:20 p.m.  Panel: Children of Incarcerated Parents

02:30 – 03:30 p.m.  Washington’s Parenting Sentencing Alternative Programs

03:45 – 04:45 p.m.  Panel: Voices from Within: Women Currently Housed at Coffee Creek and DOC (tentative)

05:00 – 05:30 p.m.  Panel: Legislative Path Forward 

05:30 p.m.  Reception

We hope that you will not only plan to attend the conference yourself, but will urge your colleagues and friends to join us for the day as well. If you have questions, please email us here


The Portia Project, a charitable organization that is based in Eugene, Oregon, was founded in 2002 for the purpose of providing legal and other assistance to the 1,000-plus women who are incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville, Oregon, and to the large number of women who are under post-prison supervision throughout the state. The goals of The Portia Project include helping incarcerated and formerly incarcerated mothers maintain contact with their children, working for the release of imprisoned women who were wrongfully convicted or have convincingly demonstrated that they have earned their freedom, and educating both our elected representatives and members of the general public about the intended and unintended consequences of the rapid growth of our prison population.