Vidal Guzman Interviewed by Nonprofit Quarterly – Next100
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Vidal Guzman Interviewed by Nonprofit Quarterly

Vidal shares about his background and his work to end the forced labor of incarcerated people in New York State.

Nonprofit Quarterly’s Anastasia Reesa Tomkin interviewed Next100 policy entrepreneur Vidal Guzman for her article detailing how incarcerated people lack labor protections. The interview touches on Vidal’s background and his work to eliminate the 13th Amendment’s permissible slavery clause in New York State. Vidal says:

“We have people who think that people when they are incarcerated should be treated as less than human. When we talk about wages, when we look at what’s being said, one of the number one things is that we want people to be returned to society being prepared, being exposed, and being the best community member they can be. The only way we’re able to do that is from the beginning stages, of having someone get paid enough wages so that they can be able to not just buy the stuff that they need, but also have funding to take care of their families somewhat, in some capacity, and to prepare them to go back to society. Because we know that when people understand their abilities with money, how to deal with money, what to do with it, it benefits them when they come home.”


Read the full piece, “Labor Rights for all Must Include Incarcerated People,” here.

About the Author

Vidal Guzman Criminal Justice

Vidal Guzman is a New York City-based community organizer who has worked with the End Qualified Immunity Campaign, Black Lives Matter, and Just Leadership USA. At Next100, Vidal works to end the forced labor of incarcerated people currently allowed under the U.S. Constitution and New York State law, and to improve wages and training opportunities for the incarcerated. Vidal draws on his experience as a formerly incarcerated young person, initially incarcerated at 16, after being tried as an adult.

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