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Talking About Race: Harm Reduction and Communities of Color

  • University of Baltimore School of Law 1401 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD, 21201 United States (map)

Sponsored by Open Society Institute of Baltimore

Please join Open Society Insitute–Baltimore for a discussion on the historical tensions between drug policy advocates and communities of color, which have carried the heaviest burden in both health consequences and punitive criminal justice responses to drug use. We will talk about the existing harm reduction practices in communities of color and how the history of resistance to policies like syringe exchange, heroin maintenance programs, free testing of drugs, and safe injection facilities harms communities most impacted by drug use.


  • Miriam Alvarez is outreach coordinator at Behavioral Health System Baltimore.
  • Kassandra Frederique is New York State director at the Drug Policy Alliance.
  • Rajani Gudlavalleti is a community organizer.
  • Samuel Roberts is associate professor of history at Columbia University and associate professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

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