CURYJ’s Participatory Defense program is led by Daniela Guzman, with support from J Vasquez. Both have inside knowledge of the court and prison system due to their own incarceration. Daniela won her release from a life sentence through CURYJ’s Participatory Defense work. Together, along with the Hub, they work with families and incarcerated people as thought partners while providing emotional support through the long and arduous criminal legal process.
The Hub holds weekly strategy sessions with system-impacted families to get the best possible outcome for their loved ones. The Hub is currently meeting virtually and families are free to join at any time. Families learn together and support one another to win freedom for their loved ones. If you or a loved one would like to learn more about Participatory Defense, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.