This year’s conference includes a special focus on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Programming. Workshops that will address this overarching theme include [RJ] after the session title.

Wesley Caines

The Bronx Defenders
Reentry and Community Outreach Coordinator
Bronx NY
Wesley Caines is the reentry & community outreach coordinator for Bronx Defenders. He works with the office’s former and current clients, as well as community members, to overcome barriers based on prior justice involvement. He created and oversees the organization’s Records Accuracy Project (RAP) utilizing local area law students in the review and correction of RAP Sheet errors. Before joining Bronx Defenders, he was the creator of the Reentry Unit and its first reentry specialist/coordinator and advocate at Brooklyn Defender Services, where he spearheaded a RAP Sheet clean-up clinic in collaboration with Brooklyn Law School. A graduate of Bard College and New York Theological Seminary, Wesley has successfully trained more than 30 Brooklyn Law School, Fordham Law School, and NYU Law School students in reading, identifying, and correcting RAP Sheet errors as well as in helping community members acquire Certificates of Relief and Good Conduct. Wesley is member of the American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, the New York City Bar, Reentry subcommittee, and consults on criminal justice issues. He is a member of the board of directors of the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund & Network Support Services, Inc., and lends his expertise in the furtherance of helping those who are economically disadvantaged to improve their criminal justice outcomes through bail and reentry services. Wesley’s life goal is the empowerment of underserved communities as they become creative self-advocates who challenge policy-makers’ notion of the social contract.