The Criminal Justice Insider Podcast with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant: Guest Serena Liguori, Executive Director, New Hour for Women and Children – Long Island, Fri., Jan. 17, 2020

On Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, 9 am ET, Serena Liguori, Executive Director of New Hour for Women and Children – Long Island, was our guest on the Criminal Justice Insider Podcast with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant – The Voice of CT Criminal Justice. Live on WNHH 103.5 FM New Haven, rebroadcast at 5 pm. Live-streamed and podcast 24/7 everywhere, see below. Sponsored by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven – Now More Than Ever.

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Serena Liguori, executive director for New Hour for Women and Children —LI, is responsible for all aspects of New Hour’s operations, fundraising and administration.  Serena is a formerly incarcerated Latina and 18-year prisoner rights advocate. She is also responsible for nurturing partnerships with organizations and funders focused on social justice and legislative advocacy. She is also responsible for creating ways in which New Hour remains at the forefront of social justice initiatives locally and throughout New York State. Prior to joining the New Hour staff she was the executive director of Herstory Writers Workshop, a non-profit dedicated to providing writing workshops to underserved populations.  Serena also served as associate director of policy at the Correctional Association of New York’s Women in Prison Project where she spearheaded legislative initiatives and policy advocacy addressing prison reform. She was the key organizer of a successful effort to create the Adoption and Safe Families Act Expanded Discretion Law, which works to secure parental rights for incarcerated parents as well as the Anti-Shackling Law, which prohibits the shackling of incarcerated mothers during labor and most recently the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act, which allows survivor defendants to be sentenced more fairly. She earned her Associates degree at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility College Bound Program and holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Adelphi University. Serena enjoys cooking her favorite traditional Puerto Rican meals for her family.

Serena Liguori
Executive Director
New Hour for Women and Children LI
(O) 631-273-3300
(C) 631-672-7147


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Season Three Program/Guests List (*formerly incarcerated):

Fri., Sept. 6, 2019: Khalil Cumberbatch*, Chief Strategist at New Yorkers United for Justice
Fri., Sept. 20, 2019: Aaron T. Kinzel, Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Michigan-Dearborn
Fri., Oct. 4, 2019: Charlie Grady, Outreach Specialist for the FBI CT Community Outreach Program
Fri., Oct. 18, 2019: Michael Kimelman*, Former Hedge Funder and Author of Confessions of a Wall Street Insider: A Cautionary Tale of Rats, Feds, and Banksters
Fri., Nov. 1, 2019: Corey Brinson*, Former Attorney Convicted for a White Collar Crime who is running for Hartford City Council
Fri., Nov. 15, 2019: Cathryn Lavery, Ph.D., Asst. Chair & Graduate Coordinator for the Iona College Criminal Justice Department
Fri., Dec. 6, 2019: “Free Prison Phone Calls” Show, CT Rep. Josh Elliott & Tiheba Bain
Fri. Dec. 20, 2019: John Hamilton, CEO, Liberation Programs
Fri., Jan. 3, 2020: Reginald Dwayne Betts*, Lawyer, Poet, Lecturer on Mass Incarceration
Fri., Jan. 17, 2020: Serena Ligouri*, Executive Director, New Hour for Women & Children – L.I.
Fri., Feb. 7, 2020: David Garlock*, Program Director, New Person Ministries, Lancaster, PA Fri.,

Feb. 20, 2020: Larry Levine*, Talk Show Host & Criminal Justice Consultant

Fri,. Mar. 6, 2020: Hans Hallundbaek, Interfaith Prison Partnership
Fri., Mar. 20, 2020: Tiheba Bain*, Women’s Incarceration Advocate

Fri., Apr. 3, 2020: Rev. Dr. Harold Dean Trulear*, Director, Healing Communities Prison Ministry

Fri., Apr. 17, 2020: CT Hall of Change Inaugural Inductees* and Charlie Grady, Founder

Fri., May 15, 2020: Fran Pastore, CEO, Women’s Business Development Council