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Folasāitu Julia Ioane

Fasito’outa, Leauva’a, Lefaga,

Julia is a child of the diaspora, born to migrant parents from Samoa. She holds a matai title from the village of Fasito’outa and is a clinical psychologist and consultant in the sectors of justice and health, and to the judiciary in Samoa. She is an associate professor at Massey University and she continues to advocate for Pasifika voices in the curriculum and staff/student representation in psychology; alongside incorporating traditional ways of healing and relationships in her practice as a psychologist. More recently she gave evidence at the Inquiry into the Abuse in State Care – Pacific hearing, providing evidence on trauma and abuse within a cultural and clinical framework.

Lifting the veil of silence on Racism within Criminal Justice

"The voices of Indigenous communities are silenced too often in our criminal justice system. However, it starts right from their involvement in care and protection to youth justice to criminal justice. This talanoa talks about the face of racism that can be ‘silent’ yet continues to traumatise many of our children, young people in care and often contributing to their pathway in the criminal justice system. The voices of whānau will be heard including Julia's own lived experience as a Samoan clinical psychologist and academic, and the racism that comes with those identities.

Julia will discuss the covert and silent racism that continues to seep through from our care to justice systems, and why we don’t do what it takes to lift this veil of silence.

Kim explores the history of racism within the criminal justice system from colonial times, and shares his own experiences from 1958 as a serving police officer, head of the prison service, service provider, and latterly as a justice advocate."

Folasāitu Julia Ioane
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