Dolfinette Martin, Statewide Organizer, is a strong community leader who serves on the Formerly Incarcerated Transitional Clinic Advisory Board, a clinic created for formerly incarcerated people, Operation Restoration’s Board of directors, an organization that focuses on reentry of formerly and currently incarcerated women and girls through higher education and advocacy, the Criminal Background Check Review Panel for the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO). Dolfinette sat on New Orleans first female Mayor, Latoya Cantrell’s, transition team and Essence’s first ever all female criminal justice reform panel. She was a founding member and former president of the NOLA chapter of National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. As a Formerly Incarcerated Person, Dolfinette earned a college degree in 2015 after her release from prison in 2012, and sets a powerful example for her children, grandchildren and her community. She is frequently asked to contribute her knowledge, expertise and wisdom on panels and media. Some of her more recent accomplishments are receiving the John Thompson Leadership for Change Award, A Freedom Fighter Award, and creating the Formerly and Currently Incarcerated Women and Girls Reentry project within VOTE's organization. Louisiana's Governor, John Bell Edwards, recently appointed her to sit on the Louisiana Women's Incarceration Task Force based on her legislative advocacy. One of the things she is most passionate about is fighting directly for women and girls in court and during the reentry process.
Tuesday, May 21
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM