Leigh Goodmark Advocates Abolition Feminism to End Criminalization of Survivors of Violence

Leigh Goodmark (’95), Professor of Law, Co-Director, Clinical Law Program and Director of the Gender Violence Clinic at the University of Maryland School of Law, contributed an article to Inquest discussing her work with students representing survivors of gender-based violence, the subject of her forthcoming book, Imperfect Victims: Criminalized Survivors and the Promise of Abolition Feminism (“To Free Them All,” Oct. 22). “There are so many ways that survivors of violence are punished by the criminal legal system. No matter their age, from police interactions to prosecution to the courts to the pain of imprisonment, survivors’ trauma is compounded at every step of the carceral process. . . . Abolition feminism is the only politics and practice that can prevent the harm of survivor criminalization. . . . The next wave of the anti-violence movement should be about building what all people need to survive, rather than finding new and different ways to cage them. To free them all.”