Book Launch: Contemporary Research and Analysis on the Children of Prisoners - Invisible Children

Presenter: Liz Gordon: Editor
  • Date: Tuesday, 20 March 2018 to Tuesday, 20 March 2018
  • Time: 05:30PM to 07:00PM
  • Location: Koru Lounge, Room 236, Level 2, Business and Law Building, University of Canterbury
  • Ticket: Free

In March 2017, researchers, advocates and NGOs from twelve countries came together in Rotorua, New Zealand, for the first conference of the International Coalition for the children of incarcerated parents. The Coalition had been formed the previous year to recognise that similar issues faced the children of prisoners all over the world. From the first arrest until release from prison, the system is stacked against the child. Justice systems are all about punishing individuals, and are, as one conference speaker noted, ‘child blind’.

The papers in this collection cover many of the themes in the wider literature on the children of prisoners. Advocacy themes include moving towards child-friendly prison systems, using mass incarceration to influence wider social change, the effects of pre-trial detention on families, the particular issues in Hawaii, and how arrest and detention procedures harm children.

Liz Gordon, PhD, LLB, MRSNZ is a former university academic and a former politician in New Zealand. She now runs Pukeko Research Ltd, a private research organisation operating within the community and government sectors. She is an Adjunct Fellow at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, and President of Pillars Ka Pou Whakahou, a national organisation working with the families of prisoners. Her research focuses on intersectional work in the areas of justice, social policy and education, particularly exploring inequalities and poverty. In 2017, she organised the first conference of the International Coalition for the Children of Incarcerated Parents (INCCIP), which was held in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Drinks and canapés will be available. Please RSVP by Tuesday 13 March for catering purposes, to



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