Founder & Executive Director
Essie Justice Group
Gina is the founder and executive director of the Essie Justice Group, an organization of women with incarcerated loved ones mobilizing to end mass incarceration’s harm to women and communities.
In her first year as a student at Harvard Law School, someone Gina loved was sentenced to 20 years in prison. From her experience working as a housing attorney in a holistic public defense practice, Gina saw the destructive effects of mass incarceration on women and families from South Los Angeles to Harlem.
Empowering women from healing to advocacy
Although Gina knew over two million incarcerated people had to translate into millions of women left behind to pick up the pieces, she found no statistics to support this until a study quantified what she was seeing in communities.
- 1 in 4 women in the United States has a family member in prison
- 1 in 2 black women in the United States has a family member in prison
“Mass incarceration is a human rights issue, it’s an economic justice issue, it’s a race issue–and it’s a woman’s issue.” – Gina