Marlene Sanchez on Humanizing the Conversation Around Incarceration

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Marlene Sanchez is the Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. (Photo by Brooke Anderson.)

Marlene Sanchez grew up in San Francisco’s Mission District and experienced the effects of the criminal justice system from an early age. She landed in juvenile detention after getting into a fight at school, an experience that led her to community organizing and activism by the time she was 15. Now she’s the new executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, working to end mass incarceration. We’ll talk with Sanchez, the first woman of color to lead the organization, about the fight for criminal justice reform, advocating for incarcerated women and what it means to invest in communities of color.


Marlene Sanchez, Executive Director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights