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Decolonizing Drug Policy: Perspectives from the Americas and Asia

  • When
  • January 25, 2021
    12:30–1:30 p.m. (EST)
  • Where
  • Live Stream
  • Speakers
  • Charles Boyer, Ricky Gunawan, Kasia Malinowska, and Isabel Pereira
  • Programs
  • Global Drug Policy Program
  • In partnership with
  • The New School

The Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic have laid bare the structural inequities within and across societies. Like health care, housing, and criminal justice, drug policy too bears the marks of racism and colonialism. The brunt of punitive and prohibitive drug policies has long been borne by indigenous people and people of color across the world. How are these policies being challenged globally? Can decriminalization and legalization undo the harms of racist and imperialist drug wars? What does a truly decolonized global drug policy look like?

In this conversation, a panel of speakers from the United States, Latin America, and Asia will discuss these questions and imagine a fair and just future for drug policy.


  • Charles Boyer


    Reverent Charles Boyer is the founding director of Salvation and Social Justice

  • Ricky Gunawan


    Ricky Gunawan is a program officer for the Open Society Global Drug Policy Program.

  • Kasia Malinowska


    Kasia Malinowska is director of the Open Society Global Drug Policy Program.

  • Isabel Pereira


    Isabel Pereira is drug policy research coordinator for DeJusticia.

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