Tanisha “Wakumi” Douglas
As the daughter of an undocumented immigrant serving 30-to-life in a New Jersey prison, Tanisha “Wakumi” Douglas has dedicated her life to building leadership among youth most impacted by mass incarceration and other oppressive systems. She is the Co-founder of S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective and is based on Miami, FL. Prior to that, she was the Clinical Supervisor for the alternative-to-incarceration program for youth at the Center for Community Alternatives in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked as restorative justice circle keeper, social worker, community organizer, trainer and popular educator for organizations including the Dream Defenders, Harlem Children’s Zone and Children’s Defense Fund. She has a master’s degree from Columbia University School of Social Work and bachelor’s from Georgetown University. She has also studied with renowned African-centered holistic healers and holds womb wellness circles, soul sweats and spiritual ceremony. Currently she is focusing on an 18-month writing sabbatical (slated to end in January 2023) as a Soros Justice Fellow. During this period, Wakumi will be exploring the role of healing justice in movements to end mass incarceration.