As a queer Venezuelan immigrant woman, I have had a hard time finding a good fit, but I have found a home in the diverse and accepting staff of the ACLU-VA. I was drawn to the organization’s dedication and service to people through the defense of justice and equality.
Defending our rights to equality, liberty, and justice
Next year in Virginia, the most powerful elected official in our criminal justice system will be up for election in most counties, and in an unexpected turn of events for Chesterfield, voting day is coming early. All indications are the outcome of that race will have statewide implications for 2019.
Understanding that whole person and understanding her story helps in re-analyzing what is just and fair regarding if a person is in fact criminally-minded and what their punishment should be. Changing the mindset must start here, if we are to truly make an impact.