What motivates/inspires you and your work?
My personal experience is what motivated me to go into this work initially. I’ll never forget holding my newborn daughter in my arms, while watching my then-husband be sentenced to six years in prison. I had recently overcome my own struggles with addiction and had dropped out of school. Despite only having a GED, I decided to turn my pain into action, and worked my way through college and law school with my young daughter, motivated to change the system that had torn my family apart. Today, I stay motivated by the people I encounter who are impacted by this system, whether by their own incarceration or the incarceration of a loved one. Their passion is inspiring, and they are often the most persuasive advocates in the room.