RaeDeen Karasuda, scholar and advocate
2007 Soros Justice Fellows
RaeDeen Karasuda will help formerly incarcerated Native Hawaiians transition to life beyond prison by implementing a culturally sensitive re-entry curriculum in prisons.
The project will trace the criminalization and incarceration of Native Hawaiians to their colonial history, train community members to teach the curriculum to incarcerated people, and educate the public and academic community on the particular re-entry concerns of Native Hawaiians.
Karasuda, a native Hawaiian, has been a community educator, victim advocate, and direct-service provider for many years. Alarmed at the disproportionately high rates of native Hawaiian clients who were targeted, arrested, and court-mandated to attend her programs, Karasuda decided to return to school to pursue work in public policy.
In 1997, she earned her BA, and in 1999, her MA from the University of Hawaii. She is completing her doctorate in political science from the same university. Her dissertation examines the social and political consequences of mass incarceration of Hawaiians.
Unlocking Justice Conference 2009 sponsored by the Community Alliance on Prisons.