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Ana María Rivera-Forastieri Immigration Bond Fund Organizer
Ana María is the Immigration Bond Fund Organizer at the National Bail Fund Network (NBFN). Within the NBFN, she provides technical assistance to existing and emerging bond funds across the country, facilitates coordination with member organizations, and works with other CJE staff to strategize and develop advocacy and organizing opportunities for members. Ana María also serves as the Co-Director of the Connecticut Bail Fund. She has over seven years of experience in organizing, leading policy and legislative campaigns, and advocacy in the area of immigrant and workers’ rights. Her primary focus has been on the growing intersection of the criminal legal system and the immigration system—including detangling state and local enforcement from immigration enforcement, popular education, deportation defense, and most recently building stronger sanctuary cities in Connecticut. She is a Co-Founder of the Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance (CIRA) and a board member of the Working Families Party and Planned Parenthood Votes! She holds a B.A. from the Universidad de Puerto Rico Recinto de Río Piedras and a Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School.
Lourdes “Lulú” OrtizRapid Response Immigration Bond Coordinator
Lulú was born in El Paso, TX, and raised in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, and currently works as the Rapid Response Immigration Bond Coordinator for National Bail Fund Network. Lulú is a founding member of Fronterizx Fianza Fund, an immigration bond fund in El Paso, TX that works with detained people in New Mexico and Far West Texas. Through her role as the Rapid Response Coordinator, Lulú hopes to be able to connect immigration bond funds and organizers across the country with each other and with resources that will help them support as many detained brothers and sisters as they can. Lulú graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Sociology, and has worked in immigration advocacy as a researcher, a paralegal, and an organizer. When not at work, Lulú likes spending time with her family and writing short stories.
Rachel ForanTactical Organizing Director
Rachel Foran is an abolitionist and organizer based in Brooklyn, New York. At the Community Justice Exchange, Rachel directs the Tactical Organizing Lab, a hub for sharing and experimenting with a wide range of organizing tactics geared toward systemic change. She also supports community accountability campaigns targeted at the drivers of pretrial detention and mass supervision. Before joining CJE, Rachel was the Managing Director of the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, where she oversaw staff, programs, and advocacy projects, including community partnerships and coalitions. She is a founding member of Court Watch NYC, a community court monitoring and prosecutor accountability project, and organizes with Survived and Punished NY, a grassroots abolitionist group dedicated to freeing criminalized survivors of domestic and gender based violence from prison. She holds a masters degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School and a BA in religion from Carleton College.
Atara Rich-SheaRegional Organizer
Atara Rich-Shea is one of the National Bail Fund Network Regional Organizers where she provides capacity, technical, and systems coaching as needed for the network bail & bond funds, and assists with larger campaigns to end pretrial detention. She is also the the Director of Operations for the Massachusetts Bail Fund where she manages the daily bail operations and larger ongoing projects aimed at ending the unjust system of pretrial incarceration and supervision in Massachusetts. She was previously a Staff Attorney at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (MA Public Defender's Office). She defended indigent clients in both District and Superior court where she first noticed the drastic difference in the way her jailed clients were treated. She has worked with court involved youth and survivors of sexual violence. She received her B.A. from Barnard College in 2001 and her J.D. from Suffolk University.
Pilar has worked as an organizer and strategist across the social justice movement for over twenty years. She has a wide range of experience as an advocate for systems change having worked with community-based organizations, labor unions, and elected leaders, always with a focus on building grassroots community power.
Pilar is the founder and Director of the Community Justice Exchange and also serves as the Director of Community Engagement & Accountability at Civil Rights Corps, a nonprofit organization that uses civil rights litigation, advocacy, and public education to challenge systemic injustice in the American legal system.
In 2016, Pilar launched the National Bail Fund Network, a collaborative partnership for the 50+ community bail funds working across the country to end detention in both the criminal legal and immigration systems.
Pilar served as an organizer, strategist, and leader in the labor movement for many years. She was the Political Director of the Culinary Workers Union in Nevada and later served as the Deputy Director of Politics & Communications for UNITE HERE, the national union of workers in the hospitality industry. In 2011, Pilar was awarded a Practitioner Fellowship at Georgetown’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor where she focused on new strategies for organizing among unemployed workers in the post-recession economy.
Pilar has worked on a wide range of local, state, and federal election campaigns with an emphasis on creating long‐term civic engagement strategies for communities previously left out of the electoral process. She served as the Civic Engagement Director at the New Organizing Institute where she worked with community-based organizations across the country building people-powered campaigns. From 2012-2014, she was the Campaign Manager and Senior Advisor to Congressman Steven Horsford (NV‐4). Pilar also worked to launch the Reflective Democracy Campaign, an initiative of the Women Donors Network that is focused on removing barriers that keep women and people of color from positions of elected leadership.
Pilar grew up in rural Northern New Mexico and holds a master’s degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley and a BA in Chemistry from the University of New Mexico.
Sharlyn Grace Regional Organizer
Sharlyn is a Regional Organizer with the National Bail Fund Network at the Community Justice Exchange. In that role, she supports new and emerging bail funds with both operational and campaign support. Sharlyn is also a founding member of Chicago Community Bond Fund and currently serves as CCBF’s Co-Executive Director. She was previously the senior criminal justice policy analyst at Chicago Appleseed and has also held positions in restorative justice program management and criminal records relief. Sharlyn received her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in 2013 and is an Illinois licensed attorney.
Lola Rainey Regional Organizer
Lola Rainey is a retired lawyer, poet and community activist in Tucson, Arizona. Lola is a Regional Organizer with the National Bail Fund Network and the Community Justice Exchange where she works on issues related to public accountability and participation and works with organizers across the country on building abolitionist principles into their organizing practice. Lola is the founder and director of the Tucson Second Chance Community Bail Fund, a revolving bail fund that is working to end pretrial detention and mass supervision in Pima County and beyond.
Lola practiced law for over twenty years starting out as an Assistant City Attorney at the Tucson City Attorney’s Office before joining the Pima County Attorney’s Office as a Deputy County Attorney prosecuting violent crimes. She subsequently entered private practice working primarily in the areas of criminal law and domestic relations. In addition, Lola served as a Judge Pro Tempore at the Pima County Justice Court for several years. She was later appointed to the position of Acting Attorney General of the Colorado River Indian Tribes.
Lola is the author of numerous articles on the issues of racial and social justice, the author of a children’s picture book, a book of literary fiction and a poetry chapbook. Her poems have appeared in several literary journals and poetry anthologies. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from the University of Arizona, as well as a Juris Doctorate Degree and Master of Law Degree from the University of Arizona College of Law.
Puck LoResearch Coordinator
Puck Lo is a researcher committed to leftist social movements. Puck studies, organizes against, writes and makes films about the prison-industrial complex, migrant justice, trans-feminist politics and economics. They have worked as a radio producer and print journalist for progressive media outlets, finished a Master's degree from UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and an MFA from Stanford University's Documentary Film department. Puck's non-fiction films explore dystopias, carceral and liberatory states and structures, political memory and its embodiment. Puck’s work has screened internationally at film festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival. Puck's latest projects include a short film about the landscape of displacement along a river near Boston, Massachusetts; research on the Chinese right-wing in the US; and the misuse of failure-to-appear rates in anti-bail reform literature on pretrial detention. Puck is based in Brooklyn, New York, and Joshua Tree, California.
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