TAMISHA WALKER TORRES
Tamisha Walker is a founding member and Executive Director of Safe Return, a campaign to secure the freedom and liberation of formerly incarcerated individuals. She has been a Richmond based community organizer and known advocate on issues related to mass incarceration and racial disparity in the criminal justice system since her release from incarceration in 2009. Tamisha organizes and coordinates Safe Return and its projects at the local, State, and National level. She is formerly incarcerated and shares a powerful personal story about the journey to healing and successful re-entry. Tamisha has six years of community organizing experience in a city impacted by trauma and economic inequality, including her own personal experience with trauma and poverty growing up in Richmond California. Her educational experience includes professional training in research and advocacy for the formerly incarcerated and their families, violence prevention strategies, and conflict mediation to reduce urban gun violence.
Civic Engagement Organizer
Chala Bonner is a civic engagement organizer at Safe Return Project. She has a passion for helping others in her community. She is passionate about leveling the playing field for formerly incarcerated people of color. Her goal is to build equity in the community by overcoming obstacles, challenges, and bring healing to those who have had traumatic/stressful experiences. Her motto is “Don’t let your past dictate your future.”
Community Organizer & Admin Asst.
For Adey, the Richard Boyd Fellowship paved a second chance. As a formerly incarcerated woman, Adey faced many barriers including employment, housing, racial profiling, trauma, and lack of access to services and resources. In 2018, the Re-Entry Success Center connected her to the Safe Return Project, where she learned about the disenfranchising mechanism of incarceration that kept women like her surviving, not thriving. Now a graduate of the fellowship program organized by the Safe Return Project, she is a community engagement organizer advocating with Women & Young Girls impacted by the criminal justice system.
EVELYN J. SANTOS