Dinah is the Parent Advocate Supervisor with the Family Defense Practice at The Bronx Defenders. For over seven years, she has been advocating for vulnerable women in a variety of contexts and working with formerly incarcerated mothers and fathers battling addiction. Dinah has appeared on dozens of panels nationwide to discuss harm reduction strategies and the unique challenges facing pregnant women in the criminal justice system, and served as a member of several not-for-profit organizations focusing on educating doctors, lawyers, and social workers — specifically those in the child welfare arena — with the necessary tools to better service current and formerly incarcerated women and mothers battling addiction. She has spoken on “Families and Social Workers: What are we not doing?” at Columbia University, “Prejudice and Punishment, the Child Welfare Response to Mother who Use Drugs” at Fordham University, “What About the Children?” at a Drug Policy Reform conference, and “Police Violence Against Black Women/Women of Color” at Invisible No More. Dedicated to her clients and community, Dinah prides herself in ensuring her clients’ voices are always heard.
- Socialist Worker: Families Separated Away from the Border
- Rise Magazine: ‘Poor’ Parenting— When poverty is confused with neglect
- Bronx Defenders advocates present at NASW Addictions Institute conference
- Screening: “The House I Live In”
- Emma Ketteringham and Dinah Ortiz spoke at the Open Society Foundations
- PR Newswire: Video and Panel Explores the Drug War’s Impact on Pregnant Women and Families