San Quentin ROOTS (Restoring Our Original True Selves) Program
Every Monday afternoon, APSC hosts a weekly class with over 30 AAPI and “Other” prisoners at San Quentin state prison. The ROOTS program, modeled after an Ethnic Studies curriculum, seeks to increase knowledge about AAPI culture, immigration/refugee history, health, and racial justice. Through guest speakers, group discussions, and leadership/empowerment activities, ROOTS is a unique opportunity to address the impact of intergenerational trauma on immigrant and refugee communities and work towards racial justice. The program also builds community support networks and increases opportunities for transformation and reentry.
APSC also provides intensive case management, peer support, and community immersion activities for formerly incarcerated people annually in Oakland, California. Rather than approaching reentry as an individual issue, APSC works with both the formerly incarcerated community and the broader AAPI community, engaging at least 100 representatives from local businesses, community-based organizations, and policymakers annually.