2016 Communications Institute
During the Communications Institute we worked with the Fellows on framing the criminal justice and immigration discourse in a way that tells a larger story, while allowing them to speak specifically to their own issues, such as racial profiling, human rights abuses along the US-Mexico border, the criminalization of young people in schools, immigrant detention, and gender and sexuality concerns. Past Institutes have focused on immigration; home opportunity; and race, gender, and economic opportunity.
The 2016 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, The JPB Foundation, and individual donors.
Meet the 2016 Fellows
Lynne LymanCalifornia State Director, Drug Policy Alliance
Lynne Lyman is the California state director for the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), where she leads the criminal justice reform work. A native of Los Angeles with an M.P.A. from Harvard, Lynne joined DPA in 2012 after working with government and civil rights organizations in California and Massachusetts on policy,...Get To know Lynne
Mark O'BrienDirector of Opioid Overdose Prevention and Treatment, Baltimore City Health Department | Behavioral Health System Baltimore
Mark O'Brien is the Baltimore City Director of Opioid Overdose Prevention and Treatment where he works to implement a multi-agency response to the opioid crisis and resulting overdose deaths. Prior to starting at BCHD and BSHB, Mark was a Senior Criminal Justice Policy Associate and Acting Director of Communications in...Get To know Mark
Catherine TactaquinExecutive Director, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Catherine Tactaquin is Executive Director and a co-founder of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR). Since 1986, NNIRR has worked to promote the rights for all immigrants, regardless of immigration status, through national advocacy campaigns, coalition-building, and support for immigrant community organizing and empowerment. In 1994, Catherine...Get To know Catherine
John-Michael TorresCommunications Coordinator, La Unión del Pueblo Entero
From Mission, Texas, John-Michael attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he got involved with the Student/Farmworker Alliance and the farmworker-led Campaign for Fair Food. After graduating, he returned home to South Texas and joined local organizing efforts for farmworker rights and against corporate-led globalization. He now works as...Get To know John-Michael
Alisha WilliamsSenior Staff Attorney, Peter Cicchino Youth Project
Alisha Williams works with homeless or street-involved queer and trans youth, providing free civil legal services at the Peter Cicchino Youth Project. Prior to working at PCYP, Alisha was at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, where they served as the Director of the Prisoner Justice Project from 2012 to 2014....Get To know Alisha