2022 Hudson Fellows in Public Health Symposium Focuses on Incarceration
Published: Monday, September 26, 2022
Amy Fettig, a human rights lawyer and expert on criminal justice reform, will be the keynote speaker of the University of Oklahoma’s Hudson College of Public Health annual Hudson Fellows in Public Health Symposium this week.
Fettig is executive director of The Sentencing Project. She has garnered national recognition for her work on prison conditions. Prior to joining The Sentencing Project, she served as deputy director of the ACLU’s National Prison Project. At the ACLU, she litigated federal class action prison conditions cases under the Eighth Amendment. Her practice focused on claims regarding medical and mental health care in prison, solitary confinement, sexual assault in detention settings and comprehensive reform in juvenile facilities.
Fettig also founded and directed the ACLU’s Stop Solitary campaign seeking to end the practice of long-term isolation in our nation’s prisons, jails and juvenile detention centers through public policy reform, legislation, litigation and public education. She served as a leading member of the national coalition seeking to end the practice of shackling incarcerated pregnant women.
Additionally, Fettig has provided technical assistance and advice to advocates around the country and has served as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, where she taught courses on public interest advocacy. Prior to law school, she worked with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people and their families in New York City. She earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction from Carleton College; a master’s degree from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs; and a juris doctorate from Georgetown University. Fettig is a member of the New York State Bar and the Bar for the District of Columbia.
The Hudson Fellows in Public Health Symposium is the premier academic event of the College, focusing on innovative public health research and its translation into public health practice. The Symposium was instituted in 2016, with $5 million endowment from Dr. Leslie and Mr. Clifford Hudson, which supports annual stipends of eight full time doctoral students who are focused on practical public health problems and their solution.
The Symposium is scheduled for noon, September 29, at the Hudson College of Public Health Auditorium. It is open to anyone interested with no cost to participate. Registration is not required. For more information and a link to join the Symposium, go to: Grand Rounds (ouhsc.edu)
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