At a time of unprecedented attention on justice issues, California is distinguishing itself as a leader in ending the era of mass incarceration and addressing attacks on immigrant families. In 2018, Vera expanded its California office and focus, building capacity in research, technical assistance, and strategic communications. Vera’s California team currently includes staff working on immigration, juvenile justice, reentry, policing, communications, and more, and is growing.

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