National RSOL Advancing Advocacy
Guest: Chrysanthi Leon
Impact of sex offender laws on family members and friends of registered sex offenders
Through the use of surveys and interviews, our research (in progress) examines the consequences current sex offender policies and laws such as residency restrictions, registration requirements, and community notification have had on the family members of the individual convicted of the sexual offense in the areas of social/family relationships, employment, housing, and community involvement. Telling these stories can help advocates reach policy makers and the public.
Chrysanthi (Santhi) Leon, JD, PhD, is associate professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice with appointments in Women & Gender Studies & Legal Studies at the University of Delaware. Leon received her graduate degrees from UC Berkeley and is a research fellow at the Criminal Justice Research Program, Institute for Legal Research at the Boalt Hall School of Law. She is an interdisciplinary scholar in the area of law and society with particular emphasis on the roles and experiences of women as they relate to the justice system. Her book, Sex Fiends, Perverts and Pedophiles: Understanding Sex Crime Policy in America, is available from NYU Press. Building on this research, Leon consults with groups and organizations grappling with how and whether to welcome sexual offenders as participants in their communities.
Join RSOL on (usually) fourth Tuesdays to learn tips and get answers to questions surrounding sexual offense laws and policies, seeking change among lawmakers and the general public, and in general becoming a better advocate. We will be covering everything from basics to more detailed suggestions on how to approach lawmakers and build working relationships.
Conference "doors" will open at 7:45 p.m. E.S.T. for early birds. Details will be sent once you sign up for the workshop. The log-in and call-in can CHANGE so please always sign up to get the correct call information! Thank you.