Mallory Hanora and Sashi James
Mallory Hanora is the executive director of Families for Justice as Healing an abolitionist organization based in the commonwealth of Massachusetts and a member of The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, which advocates to end the Incarceration of women and girls. Mallory mobilizes a massive volunteer base called Building Up People Not Prisons and facilitates Participatory Defense supporting families impacted by incarceration as they navigate through the court system. She has a bachelor’s degree from Emerson College. Mallory has been with FJAH since 2015. She has over years 17 years of community and abolitionist organizing experience and is now the mom of twin boys.
Sashi James is the director of reimagining communities for Families for Justice as Healing and The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. She is a daughter of formerly incarcerated parents and because of her experience she understands the trauma endured when a parent is separated from their child because of incarceration. This experience has inspired her to focus on creating what different looks like within communities as people begin to imagine and implement a world without Jails, Prisons and police, by organizing directly impacted people to build the infrastructure of Reimagining Communities. She launched the first basic income guaranteed program lead by formerly incarcerated women that provides basic income guarantee to currently incarcerated women. She advocates for the use of clemency on the state and federal level and has worked on The National Council’s 100 women 100 day campaign encouraging the immediate release of women who are elderly, survived and punished and long timers. Also leading a clemency tour displaying quilts with the names of stage and federal women currently eligible for clemency. Sashi oversees a partnership with the Women’s Bar association to train attorneys and coordinate representation for clemency petitions, and mobilizes college campuses to engage with communities impacted by incarceration. Her most important role is as the mother of Katori Rae James and she is the daughter of Jon and Andrea James.
Together Mallory Hanora and Sashi James co- lead a campaign to close the oldest women's prison in the United States and stop a new $50 million women's prison from being built while organizing the FreeHer campaign in the other New Englands states.