Nurses for Social Justice
Nurses for Social Justice is a nonprofit organization founded by nurses and lawyers to keep impoverished people out of prison
We are the only organization in the country providing this specific type of assistance to public defenders and their clients, people who are facing the overwhelming obstacles of a racist criminal justice system.
We connect public defenders with nurses who can provide high-quality, low-cost medical record reviews and unbiased expert witness testimony.
Our free continuing legal education (CLE) presentations on medical records and typical injuries attorneys see in criminal cases assists public defenders to better defend their clients. We encourage nurses and other medical professionals across the country to get involved in social justice issues and work with public defenders.
continuing legal education
Continuing Legal Education
We teach attorneys the layout of medical records and provide resources so that they are better prepared to defend their clients.
Attorneys are given the tools necessary to locate and interpret lab results, radiology reports and EMS forms. We discuss common injuries in criminal cases, their treatment and follow-up. Attorneys learn how to determine if pages of the record are missing and where to find the most pertinent and concise information in a large stack of records. Participants leave with dependable resources for defining medical terminology, learning about diseases, injuries, medications and treatments as well as a database of experts for review and testimony.
CLE presentations can be during the lunch hour, at the end of the day or as a part of a conference.
CLEs for Public Defender organizations are FREE during our “CLE tours”
AFFORDABLE MEDICAL RECORD REVIEW
You wouldn’t ask your plumber to do your taxes so why expect your public defender to interpret medical records?
We believe that all legal cases involving medical records should have a medical professional interpreting them. We offer affordable medical record reviews by unbiased medical professionals who take time to educate the attorney they are working with and understand the financial constraints of the public defenders systems. Follow up is included so that attorneys are not limited in the time they work with us to fully understand the medical records. We explain the inner workings of hospitals, translate medical terminology and use images to explain injuries, anatomy and physiology.
We are creating a database of unbiased experts dedicated to charging fees that are affordable for non-profits and public defender organizations across the country - so tell everyone you know who works in healthcare to connect with us! The database project will be funded by donations until we have locked down a grant or in kind donation and we will announce when the database is up an running via our “newsletter”. Sign up for announcements in the Keep In Touch section!
Donations keep us working
It’s not news that the US has the world’s highest incarceration rate. Most of those incarcerated are young black and Latino men, 70% of the people in jail are being held pretrial and 97% enter plea deals - they never get a change to go to trial.
Those numbers are insane.
Nurses for Social Justice was officially formed in June 2018 to help close the gap between prosecutors and defenders. Our Executive Director has been educating public defenders about medical records and injuries in criminal cases since 2014 and in 2019 she has already presented to over 1000 public defenders, social workers and investigators in 18 states!
We are a small, efficient and extremely productive nonprofit focused on keeping impoverished people from being incarcerated. We help public defenders find experts who won't charge an arm and leg because they understand how unbalanced the criminal justice system is and we travel cross country educating public defenders for free - because the more they understand medical evidence the better they can defend their clients.
Nurses for Social Justice is the only organization in the country providing this specific type of assistance to public defenders and their clients – people who are facing the overwhelming obstacles of a racist criminal justice system.
Please join us in this effort while we work towards our 2020 CLE Tour and apply for grants.
Sustaining donors give us a dependable base to work from because we know we can keep educating, grant writing and reviewing records as we grow and move forward with larger projects. Currently, sustaining donors are keeping the office running but we will need a lot more help in 2020 while we secure grants. Please consider becoming a sustaining donor and spreading the news to friends and family (you can follow the CLEs and other shenanigans on social media)!
We absolutely could not have done any of this without the support of donors and we hope that you will consider donating. You can do that here, on our web site or by mailing a check via snail mail. If a monthly donation isn't for you please consider donating $20, $50, $100, $200 or more - all donations go directly to keeping people out of prison.
IN KIND DONATIONS
In kind donations keep us on the road, reviewing records and developing new programs. Wish list:
VW Rialta lock repair with magnum shooter system [supplies and labor]
Screen printing services [time and supplies]
Creation of nurse/defender database [time]
Things we are always using on the road and in the office:
Stamps (regular and postcard)
Staples gift cards
Amazon gift cards
Walmart or Grocery Store gift card
FUNDING AND TRANSPARENCY
Nurses for Social Justice is OFFICIALLY a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law!!
We are dedicated to financial transparency and encourage you to find our annual statements on GuideStar as of May 6, 2019.
Nurses for Social Justice is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
2019 CLE presentations
April 8 Frankfort, KY
April 23 Augusta, GA
April 9 Nashville, TN
April 12 Wilmington, NC
April 15 Richmond, VA
April 16 Charlottesville, VA
April 18 Washington, D.C.
April 26 Jacksonville, FL
May 2 Miami, FL
May 9 Birmingham, AL
May 16 Houston, TX
May 31 Colorado Springs, CO
August 16 Columbus, OH
October 12 Brainerd, Minnesota
November 7-8 Milwaukee, WI
June 5-6 Albuquerque, NM
June 10 Las Vegas, Nevada
June 14-16 Portland, OR
June 18 Oakland, CA
June 19 Fairfield, CA
June 24 Santa Monica, CA
July 18 Luzerne, PA
Jennvine Wong - Founding Board member
Promoting activism and public service for positive community growth
Jennvine Wong is a public defender in the Manhattan office of the Legal Aid Society. Since 2012, she has represented thousands of New Yorkers in parole revocation and criminal proceedings. She advocates passionately for her clients before administrative, criminal, and supreme court judges. Jennvine has also served as an Emerging Philanthropist for the Women's Prison Association to raise awareness and funds to support criminal justice involving women. In addition, she served as the host committee co-chair for fundraisers to benefit the Sex Workers Project at Taj Lounge in the Flatiron District.
Jennvine is a lifelong New Yorker. Although she grew up in nearby Edison, New Jersey, she earned a Bachelor's degree in International Politics at NYU and Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School. She split her time between summer vacations in Hong Kong, weekly trips to Manhattan Chinatown, and New Jersey while growing up. Her professional development and passion for civil rights began with an internship at the Asian American Legal Defense Fund's Voting Rights Project, later completing a fellowship at the Urban Justice Center's Sex Workers Project.
Jennvine loves to spend time cooking and eating international cuisines with her friends and family. She helps support her partner's longboard community by participating in their seasonal events at local parks. Jennvine strongly believes in self-care and community building and is grateful for the diverse and supportive community she has built in her neighborhood.
Lisa Joy Kirschenbaum, RN, BS - Founding Board Member
Lisa Joy Kirschenbaum is a perinatal nurse in Western Massachusetts. She has over 25 years of experience and has been present for thousands of births. Lisa is a staunch patient advocate and is proud to work at a community hospital. In her spare time she facilitates a post-partum support group for patients of the hospital and is an active member of the JCA of Amherst, MA.
When she's not in the hospital she can usually be found in her garden, singing or supporting a local organization.
Christopher O'Brien - Founding Board Member
Christopher O’Brien is a recent graduate of UPENN Law. His first profession was as a singer/songwriter. He wrote, recorded, and performed original music, spending five years as a full-time touring artist. As an indie artist Chris managed, booked and oversaw every aspect of his career. Chris is using that experience at Goodwin and as a founding board member of Nurses for Social Justice. He has volunteered for the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign and Philadelphia Legal Assistance.
Jennifer Grossman, BSN, RN, LNC - Executive Director
Jennifer Grossman has been a registered professional nurse since 2006. She began her clinical career as a neurology-neurosurgery staff nurse at New York Presbyterian Hospital and learned the ins and outs of hospital administration as the outpatient Clinical Nurse Manager at Mt. Sinai Hospital's Primary Care Associates.
During her clinical career she began working with public defenders in New York City and then gained experience mass torts, personal injury, medical malpractice and criminal law. She has experience reviewing medical records from all over the country, giving her vast knowledge of electronic medical records (EMR), medical terminology and chart organization - which she shares with defenders across the country through the Nurses for Social Justice CLE program.
Jennifer has too many hobbies including baking, sewing and travel. She is a member of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants and the Medical Reserve Corps of New York and has been a volunteer at community medical centers in New York, New Orleans and more recently with Remote Area Medical. She is dedicated to standing up for the exploited and powerless.
We have a few more CLE presentations planned in 2019 and are focused on fundraising for the 2020 CLE Tour!
From March 1st to May 30th 2020 Executive Director, Jennifer Grossman, will be traveling cross country again delivering pro bono CLEs to public defenders and you can directly contribute to help us keep more people out of prison by donating, getting involved and spreading the word.
We’re working on the Nurse/Defender Database and are reaching out to organizations to start working with recently incarcerated people who need assistance navigating the health care system.
You can follow us on all the social media, join us at one of the presentations or request that we stop by and give a presentation on medical records or injuries!
Check back often for updates - or join the mailing list!
Let’s Keep In Touch
JGrossman [at] Nurses4SocialJustice [dot] org
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