Deputy Director, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Florida, Inc.
I was a prosecutor for 16 years and president of the National Black Prosecutors Association. Because of the work I was doing for criminal justice reform, my profile caught the eye of the executive director of the ACLU in Florida.
When he asked me to work for the ACLU, I had to laugh. I was the “queen of black prosecutors!” But he said, “Who better to speak on these issues with authority?”
Then the election happened, and the world as I knew it changed. I realized that this was my legacy and my call to action.
I stand for civil rights and equal access to justice for all people, whether they be people of color, LGBTQ or any marginalized group. I want to make sure they have a seat at the table and an equal voice.
I stand for the empowerment of women. I stand for their freedom from domestic violence and sexual harassment and for their ability to determine their own destiny.