Turning Pain Into Movement
Born from the darkness, a conviction to sustain in this movement, to testify to the trauma I’ve bared witness to, to turn the pain into system transformation. — Sometimes friends with our campaign tell me to smile more, to exude more energy when speaking. I try, but this work within our machine of mass incarceration, the prevailing injustice of our systems, and the proximity to human suffering has often left me worn and with little to smile about.
Growing into a deeper understanding of the perspectives and needs of survivors and a broader view of the crossroads of sexual violence and mass incarceration. — In 2016, I wrote an op-ed that does not reflect my evolved views about how to discuss sexual violence and the most effective ways to respond to such grave harms. Many of my words were inconsiderate and misguided. I failed to step out of my role as a public defender…