Team Category: 2014 Communications Institute
For the first time in its five-year history, our Communications Institute focused on the issue of criminal justice.
We worked with advocates on framing the discourse on criminal justice in a way that tells a larger story, but also allows advocates to speak specifically to their own issues, such as racial profiling, drug policy, and gender and sexuality concerns. In 2014, 17 Fellows committed to learning and refining communications skills. Past Institutes have focused on immigration; home opportunity; and race, gender, and economic opportunity.
The 2014 Communications Institute was made possible, in part, by the generous contributions of Atlantic Philanthropies, the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the Libra Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and individual donors.
Meet the 2014 Fellows
Ahmad is the Legal & Policy Director for the Dream Defenders, a Florida based non-profit founded in the wake of the Trayvon Martin tragedy that is working to end systemic injustice and build collective power. After finishing high school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Ahmad attended the Florida State University, where...Get To know Ahmad
Phillip is a native of Chicago, IL and a 2008 graduate of Florida A&M University. He is the Director of the Dream Defenders, an organization committed to bringing social change by training and organizing youth and students in creating a sustainable network of youth and student leaders to take action and...Get To know Phillip
Daryl is a staff attorney at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice focusing on drug policy and criminal justice reform issues. He also serves on the board of directors for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and is a commissioner for the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services....Get To know Daryl
From Milwaukee to Los Angeles and back again, Biko works at the intersection of culture and civic engagement. A former hip-hop journalist turned grassroots organizer, Biko has earned a reputation as an electoral campaigner, communicator, and cultural tastemaker. He earned a Ph.D. from UCLA in 2013.Get To know Robert Biko
sujatha baliga’s work is characterized by an equal dedication to victims and persons accused of crimes. She speaks publicly and inside prisons about her own experiences as a survivor of child sexual abuse and her path to forgiveness. A former victim advocate and public defender in New York and New...Get To know sujatha
Xochitl is the director of the Racial Justice Action Center, a vibrant, multiracial organizing and training institute building the grassroots leadership and power of low income communities of color to win political and social transformation in Georgia. She has over 15 years of experience in grassroots organizing, media and policy...Get To know Xochitl
Inimai is adept in applying economics and cost-benefit analysis to criminal justice reform efforts; through this, she demonstrates that helping struggling communities can help the whole country achieve economic and social prosperity. She has published extensively on economic policy, criminal law reform, and racial inequalities.Get To know Inimai
Jean is the Communications Manager at The Sentencing Project, where she has worked since 2012. Jean is the Communications Manager at The Sentencing Project, where she has worked since 2012. Prior to joining The Sentencing Project, she served as a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center,...Get To know Jean
Crystal has worked extensively providing direct services to survivors of human trafficking, sex workers, and survivors of violence. Crystal has worked extensively providing direct services to survivors of human trafficking, sex workers, and survivors of violence. In addition, she has been a community organizer and works on policy and advocacy...Get To know Crystal
Dr. Goff is an Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the co-founder and president of the Center for Policing Equity, and an expert in contemporary forms of racial bias and discrimination, as well as the intersections of race and gender. Dr. Goff...Get To know Dr. Phillip Atiba