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.