Just-Us: Breaking Down the Prison-Industrial Complex Through Alternative, Transformative, and Community-Based Strategies to Address Gender-Based Harm
by Dr. Val Kalei Kanuha
Val Kalei Kanuha was born and raised in a rural town in Hawaiʻi in the 1950s. She is the daughter of a Native Hawaiian father and Nisei mother. For the past 45 years, Kalei has been an activist, therapist, consultant and researcher with a focus on violence against women and children of color, and the intersection of race/ethnicity and gender and sexual identity. Her research and community interests include use of culturally-based interventions to address gender-based harm, intimate violence in women's same-sex relationships, and using storytelling and story collecting to advance the narratives and experiences of those at the margins.
Kalei and her partner, Kata are older parents of a 5 year old. Thus, they will be required to engage in paid employment beyond when Social Security goes the way of black dial telephones and cash transactions.