Belly of the Beast: Forced Sterilizations in Prisons Film & Panel


When an unlikely duo discovers a pattern of illegal sterilization in women’s prisons, they wage a near-impossible battle against the Department of Corrections. Filmed over seven years with extraordinary access and intimate accounts from current and formerly incarcerated people, Belly of the Beast exposes modern-day eugenics and reproductive injustice in California prisons.


On January 27th, 2021 at 7 pm join Alisa Lombard and Emilie Coyle for a panel discussion of the film.

Emilie Coyle is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. She previously worked as Director of the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program at the University of Ottawa, Emilie has practiced family, criminal and immigration law. In addition to her professional accomplishments as a bilingual legal professional and not-for-profit advocate, Emilie is a co-founder of Parents 4 Diversity, a citizen’s group working with parents and teachers to address discrimination with the goal of making schools safer for all children and youth.

Alisa Lombard is a fluently multi-lingual and bi-jural lawyer with experience in complex legal and policy issues relating to Indigenous-Crown relations and reconciliation in national and international fora. Alisa has been involved in and acted for many First Nations in a variety of complex specific claims. Alisa is lead counsel on a proposed class action pertaining to the forced sterilization of Indigenous women in Saskatchewan. For her advocacy in this matter, she was recognized in “Chatelaine’s Women of the Year 2018”.​


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Jan 23-27, film available for viewing online with passcode
Jan 27 @7pm Panel with Alisa Lombard & Emilie Coyle