Divest, Invest, & Mutual Aid

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Caitlyn Garcia
Cynthia Godsoe


Mutual aid may solve the harms arising out of the family policing system. Families need housing, food, and childcare rather than state surveillance and punishment. Giving agency and support to families will transform the way society protects its youngest and most vulnerable members. This Article proposes a community-based, empowering, mutual aid model and advocates for divestment from punitive state interactions. Instead, society must invest in supports for children and families, fund communities, and intervene at the grassroots levels. 

Author Biographies

Caitlyn Garcia

Caitlyn Garcia is a Staff Attorney at the Brooklyn Defender Services with a Family Defense Practice. 

Cynthia Godsoe

Cynthia Godsoe is a Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. 

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How to Cite
Garcia, C. ., & Godsoe, C. (2022). Divest, Invest, & Mutual Aid. Columbia Journal of Race and Law, 12(1). https://doi.org/10.52214/cjrl.v12i1.9922