Coordinator of Sister Warrior Freedom Coalition, Statewide
April is a formerly incarcerated women who spent a lot of time in systems that harmed her rather than helped her escape cycles of abuse, exploitation and the street economy. April understands first hand the criminalization of women of color for the ways they survive and the harm caused by various systems. Base on her own experience as a child and the lack of advocates she had, April is a strong advocate for children and youth caught in the pipelines to prison.
She works to shed light on mass incarceration as a modern form of slavery and the particular ways in which girls and young women of color are criminalized. April’s role is to build a statewide coalition of formerly incarcerated girls, women and transgender, gender non-conforming people to advocate and lead policy and systems change across California. April has been with YWFC since August 2019.