THE PORTIA PROJECT'S ELEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The Portia Project is pleased to announce that it will hold its eleventh annual conference at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland on Saturday, February 1, 2014. This upcoming all-day conference, which will be cosponsored by the Oregon Justice Resource Center and the Oregon chapter of the ACLU, will feature presentations by speakers from both Oregon and Washington. As always, the conference will be free and open to the public. A complimentary continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be served.
We are truly delighted that Judge Darleen Ortega of the Oregon Court of Appeals has agreed to give the keynote address at our 2014 conference. Judge Ortega received her B.A. summa cum laude from George Fox College and her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan. She practiced law in Detroit for several years before returning to Oregon, where she became a partner in Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in 1998. In 2003, Governor Ted Kulongoski appointed Judge Ortega to the Court of Appeals, where she has since served with great distinction. The first woman of Hispanic heritage to sit on the Court, Judge Ortega is a member of both the Multnomah County Bar Association Equality Commission and the Board of Directors of Oregon Women Lawyers.
RSVP at WIPConference2014@gmail.com
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PORTIA PROJECT
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.
Trina Kanewa - The Portia Project board member
As a former inmate at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF), I know firsthand the struggles of being an incarcerated mother, trying to continue to parent my daughters from the inside. I serve as a voice for the thousands of women who, to many in society, are all but forgotten when the prison door closes behind them.
I have the wonderful privilege of mentoring and sponsoring women who parole from CCCF. I have also had the opportunity to go back inside the prison walls which used to hold me, in order to share my message of hope with the women inside. Giving back is my greatest joy.
Besides working for Premier R.V. in Junction City as an "alchemist"(restorative specialist), I am a third- year fulltime honors student, working towards my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at the University of Oregon and preparing to apply to the dental hygiene program at Lane Community College. I am grateful for the opportunity to go back to school enabling me to do something great with my life.
I am an outdoor enthusiast extraordinaire. When I'm not working or in class, I am either training for a 100 mile cycling event, for another half marathon, or a triathlon. I also love to hike and ski the beautiful mountains of Oregon.
I have two beautiful adult daughters, a very spoiled granddaughter, and a loving partner. My life is full of love and gratitude for all that I am and all that I have.