If you would like to better understand our work and the social justice issues at the core of mass incarceration of black and brown youth, please check out these powerful leaders and their books.
Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. is an award-winning author and social justice scholar with three decades of experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice.
Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, legal scholar and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness — the bestselling book that helped to transform the national debate on racial and criminal justice in the United States.
Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. A widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned.
Chief Executive Officer
Trafficked at the tender age of 15, Leslie was trapped in prostitution and addiction for 20 years. Since exiting in 2000, she works with women and teens to find the freedom she did. In 2005, she founded Sacred Beginnings Transitional Program in Grand Rapids, MI.
Chief Operations Officer
A survivor of organized crime trafficking, Samantha has over a decade of experience advancing racial justice and human rights as a nonprofit executive and adjunct professor. Her current roles include Human Trafficking Consultant to the State Department and Task Force Coordinator (KY).
Director of Community Programs
A lived-experience expert, Ebony works with at risk youth and young women in San Diego, CA through various programs and capacities. She is the founder of Living Beyond and serves on the Advisory Board for the Lynch Foundation for Children.
An actor, writer and poet born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, Samuel starred in the PBS documentary “The Groveland Four” and has written four books of poetry, including Love & Venting II (Fall 2020 release). He uses his platform to fight for justice reform.
Director of Incarceration Support
A survivor of childhood trafficking, Ann is an advocate and activist who trains professionals to work with trauma survivors. She is the VP of Business Operations for the We Care so We're There Center and the Founder and Director of Springhaven Home in Middletown, OH.