T. Shekhinah Braveheart
Justice Policy Institute
Panelist, Decriminalizing Survivors
T. Shekhinah Braveheart is JPI’s Advocacy Associate. Recognizing that those with real-life experience should have a voice in policy reform, Ms. Braveheart works passionately to bring communities impacted by the criminal justice system to the forefront; preparing them for presentations and testimonies before state and local government agencies. In addition, she strives to increase public awareness of newly introduced bills—particularly those with the greatest potential to solidly shift myopic paradigms on criminal law and corrections. With a vision of a more equitable, ethical, and sustainable justice system, she has been a noted advocate for impacted groups “inside the walls” and out. Ms. Braveheart’s background includes over 20 years in Public and Private Education, Community Art Programming, Juvenile Life Skill Development, and Performing Arts. Honing her writing and public speaking skills at Eastern New Mexico University and the University of Maryland’s Writers Workshop, she is the author of children’s books teaching lessons on responsibility, ecology, and teamwork.