Jamila Hammami is a queer first generation Tunisian Arab American woman of color community organizer and social worker from the south, now based in NYC. She is a founder and Executive Director of the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project. She is a graduate of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College with a degree in Community Organizing Social Work, with a specialization in Immigrants and Refugees. She comes to this work with personal and familial experiences with addiction, the incarceration system, a background in reproductive justice, working to center woman of color’s voices in movements, and witnessing the impacts of migration and racism in her formative years in Texas. Jamila is a survivor of police brutality and the carceral system; but is fortunate to have been able to remain in the free world based on civil rights violations. She is also an organizer of the NYC chapter of Black & Pink, an organization run and led by those that are currently or are previously incarcerated and free world allies.