Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Meghan Guevara

Executive Partner | Pretrial Justice Institute
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Meghan Guevara is an Executive Partner with the Pretrial Justice Institute, where she leads PJI’s learning and system change work. She has spent 20 years providing training and technical assistance to people working to transform the criminal legal system. At PJI, Meghan works with elected officials, advocates, policymakers and practitioners in pursuit of safe, fair, and equitable pretrial systems. Meghan began her career as a health educator working with young people in the youth justice and child welfare systems. She received a Master of Public Health degree in social and behavioral sciences from Boston University.

Twitter: @megguev

Presentations from Facing Race 2022

Co-Creating Safety in Community

Co-Creating Safety in Community is an experiential workshop that explores the wisdom of community members in defining safety for themselves and their neighbors, and creating a vision and a mandate for public officials. Through a series of activities, participants will explore the concept of safety not just as the absence of crime, but as a space of physical and psychological safety where people can thrive. Participants will work with partners, small groups, and individually to explore how we define safety individually and collectively, how those definitions do or do not align with "public safety" structures in local government, and the ways that tax dollars are invested in the name of safety. Participants will leave with materials on their own definition of safety and ideas for bringing this conversation back to their community, and participants will have the option of receiving follow-up materials on the group's collective vision created during the workshop. This workshop is ideal for those who are involved with advocacy and organizing around transforming the criminal legal system, and the lived experiences of those who have been impacted by the system are welcome. However, you do not need any experience with the criminal legal system to participate.

Speakers: Meghan Guevara, Tenille Patterson