April is formerly incarcerated and spent a lot of time in systems that harmed her rather than helping her escape cycles of abuse, exploitation and the street economy. She understands first hand the criminalization of women of color for the ways they survive and the harm caused by various systems. Based on her own childhood experience and the lack of advocates, 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 out Sister Warriors engagement in policy work and champion the bills we sponsor.