Racism at the Police Station, Diversion & Racial Trauma

This is a recording of our second Fighting Racial Injustice training event about racism at the police station, diversion, and racial trauma.

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This seminar took place on 26 May 2022. For more detailed practical advice and information, check out our full legal guide on how to navigate the police station, diversion, CCE, effective participation, remand & sentence.


Aika Stephenson (Chair), Co-founder & Legal Director, Just for Kids Law

Aika is the co-founder and legal director of Just for Kids Law. Aika is a solicitor and youth justice expert with many years’ experience representing young people in criminal proceedings and particularly those with Special Educational Needs.

Sandra Paul, Solicitor, Legal Action Group - Defending Suspects at Police Stations and Kingsley Napley

Sandra Paul is a partner at the law firm Kingsley Napley and a member of the YJLC Advisory Board. Sandra is particularly experienced with navigating children and young adults safely through the justice system.

Matthew Hardcastle, Solicitor, Legal Action Group - Defending Suspects at Police Stations and Kingsley Napley

Matthew is a specialist in pre-charge investigations and litigation.  Before joining Kingsley Napley, Matthew was a duty solicitor at a busy east-end firm.

Dr. Aaron Reliford, Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Dept Child & Adol Psychiatry at NYU Langone Health

Aaron Reliford, MD, is Vice-Chair for Diversity Equity and Inclusion and associate clinical professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Director at NYU, and both the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Associate Medical Director of Behavioral Health Sunset Terrace Family Health Center of NYU Langone Brooklyn. 

Bami Jolaoso, Innovative Practice Officer at the Centre of Justice Innovation

Bami works collaboratively with practitioners and police to support and enhance innovations currently taking place within the Criminal Justice System, particularly within youth and adult diversion. Bami has frontline experience working as a warranted police officer for the Metropolitan Police and as a caseworker for a gangs and violence prevention charity.

Shamik DuttaSolicitor, Bhatt Murphy

Shamik Dutta specialises in pursuing civil claims and public law challenges against the police and in enforcing the rights of those subject to unlawful immigration detention and unlawful deportation. He also acts for the families of individuals who have died in police and prison service custody. He is currently instructed by more than 40 bereaved families, survivors and residents in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry and associated legal proceedings related to the fire on 14 June 2017.