Making Policy Public
October 27
A program of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)

2019 Collaborators

Increasing Civic Engagement for Incarcerated People and their Families
Designers: Karl Orozco and Tahnee Pantig
Advocate: Alliance of Families for Justice

The Right to Counsel for Tenants Facing Eviction in NYC
Designers: Chelsea Atwell, Hanah Ho and Ida Woldemichael
Advocate: Housing Court Answers

Risk Assessment Instruments (RAI) and their Effect on Mass Incarceration
Designer: Two-N
Advocate: JustLeadershipUSA

E-carceration and its Effect on Mass Incarceration
Designers: Shreyas R Krishnan and Kruttika Susarla
Advocate: Freedom To Thrive


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Increasing Civic Engagement for Incarcerated People and their Families
The Right to Counsel for Tenants Facing Eviction in NYC
Risk Assessment Instruments (RAI) and their Effect on Mass Incarceration
E-carceration and its Effect on Mass Incarceration

Karl Orozco

Karl Orozco is an artist and educator based in Queens, NY. He is interested in gaming as a multidisciplinary art form for community building, storytelling and social commentary. He believes good art is playful. Karl loves working with youth and strives to give them the tools to create change in their communities.

Tahnee Pantig

Tahnee Pantig is an artist and designer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work is characterized by taking on the stuff that people don't like to talk about because she believes in the value of having difficult conversations. Tahnee's practice is medium agnostic, producing work that is reflective of her own experience and her community's.

Alliance of Families for Justice

Alliance of Families for Justice supports, empowers, and mobilizes families with incarcerated loved ones and people with criminal records so that they can marshal their collective power and bring about the systemic changes they want to see in the world. AFJ was founded in September 2016 to address the need for an organization with a specific focus on the empowerment and support of families impacted by the criminal justice system.

Chelsea Atwell

Chelsea Atwell is a Partner at Zero Studios. She has a diverse creative background working in the worlds of design, advertising and event marketing.

Hanah Ho

Hanah Ho is a Senior Designer at The New York Times. Her expertise is in brand identity, digital, interaction, environmental and editorial design. She approaches projects with the intent to build and improve graphic systems by prioritizing clarity & delight.

Ida Woldemichael

Ida Woldemichael is currently serving as Creative Director at Everytown, an educator at NYU, and is the vice president of AIGA NY’s board of directors. The heart of her work is design for political activism, and branding.

Chelsea, Hanah, and Ida met as designers at Hillary for America.

Housing Court Answers

Housing Court Answers (HCA) has been advocating for people without lawyers in NYC’s Housing Courts for more than 30 years. We staff information tables, run a hotline and train advocates who assist people facing eviction and homelessness. We have led the fight for the use of plain language in the courts, better treatment of “pro se” litigants (those without lawyers), and an end to tenant “blacklisting”. We have advocated, since our founding, for a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction. In 2017, New York City tenants won that fight – and now HCA is working towards an effective and equitable implementation of right to counsel.


2n is an award-winning boutique data visualization agency based in New York City. We are visual communicators at heart. We design and build data-driven web-applications that present information in an engaging and clear way. In the studio we promote innovation, collaboration, and adaptive processes throughout the life cycle of any project.


JustLeadershipUSA is dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in #halfby2030. JLUSA empowers people most affected by incarceration to drive policy reform. Mass incarceration is the most significant domestic threat to the fabric of our democracy. The reason for such high incarceration rates is not serious crimes but misguided policies such as mandatory minimums, three-strikes laws and reductions in the availability of parole and other early release mechanisms. Through targeted advocacy, strengthening leadership and membership support, JustLeadershipUSA believes a decarcerated America is possible.

Shreyas R Krishnan

Shreyas is an illustrator-designer from Chennai, India, with an eye for the everyday and an affinity for the drawn image. Rooted in research, her non-fiction work takes on the forms of comics, editorial illustration, and documentary drawings. She is curious about the ways visual culture and gender intersect. Through drawing and writing, she tries to understand the construction and endurance of memory – how, why and what we remember.

Kruttika Susarla

Kruttika is an illustrator, comic maker, and graphic designer based out of New Delhi. Her work explores themes of gender, sexuality, and observations on the status quo. She is interested in how visual imagery can make or break stereotypes to form perceptions of what is culturally normal.

Freedom To Thrive

Freedom To Thrive works to create a world where safety means investment in people & planet and to end the punishment-based criminal and immigration systems. We are a powerful Black and brown network, centering youth, nonbinary, and femme leadership through our Freedom Cities, Freedom Campus, and ongoing prison industry divestment work. We target the root causes of criminalization and mass incarceration and confronting these oppressive systems using strategic campaigning, leadership development, and popular education.