Breon Hatcher was born and raised in Oakland, California. He is a Dream Beyond Bars Associate at Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice.
Breon has been organizing with CURYJ since 2018 when he started on this journey to end youth incarceration. The first step he took with curyj is life coaching and from there, Breon has organized, co-hosted, and performed at events with hundreds of community members including Oakland’s Juneteenth Celebration and the Dream Beyond Bars Block Party. In December of 2019 he was chosen to travel to Los Angeles at the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Convening. He learned about Participatory Defense to help others fight their cases with this method. Breon was selected for the PYJI Youth Leadership Fellowship for 2019 – 2020. In 2020 Breon was part of the Free Our Kids Coalition which was successful in stopping the costly renovation of a youth prison.
Breon has also advocated for policy wins including AB 392 the Act to Save Lives, which established the toughest use of force law against police brutality in the nation. In his activism work he has partnered up with San Jose youth organizing leadership to Raise the Age of incarcerating minors. Breon spent three days in Los Angeles making connections with organizations to pass legislation and mobilize formerly incarcerated young people to win campaigns.
Breon is also a formerly incarcerated youth who has transitioned to a Youth advocate. He loves the work he does because he can prevent issues that may occur in his community and to others worldwide.