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Legal Empowerment and Advocacy Hub

Gainesville, United States
Joined August 2020

LEAH believes in a world where justice and human rights are guaranteed and protected for all and not just a few. We believe that citizenship is inspired not taught.

Presence in: United States
Focus: Access to Information, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Education, Family, Gender-based violence, Governance, Other, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Women's Rights

LEAH practices, promotes and develops the best practices of legal empowerment, community peacebuilding and community organizing to expand access to justice peace and power for isolated, vulnerable and incarcerated communities.

LEAH is the time of the National Jailhouse Lawyers Initiative and is the first Participatory Defense Hub in the state of Florida.

People Associated With This Organization

Gabriela Piñeros

United States  
Legal Empowerment and Advocacy Hub (Unverified)
Joined April 2021
I was born in Bogota,Colombia and at the age of 6 moved to Florida,United States. I'm currently a student at the University of Florida where I am getting ready to graduate with a Bachelors degree in Criminology and Women's Studies. During my time living in Gainesville, where UF is located, I was introduced to legal empowerment by Jhody Polk, the founder and director of The Legal Empowerment and Advocacy Hub. I have been volunteering at LEAH for nearly two years, I don't have a particular role but instead do miscellaneous tasks or provide support as needed. By joining the network i'm hoping to gain a deeper understanding of how legal empowerment can be used as a tool. I'm also excited to connect with other people and learn from their background and expertise!

Jhody Polk

United States  
Legal Empowerment and Advocacy Hub
Joined December 2018
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Family, Gender-based violence, Labor & Employment, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
Jhody is the Founder/Director of the Legal Empowerment and Advocacy Hub (LEAH)and Director of Community Justice at the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding. LEAH is the home of the National Jailhouse Lawyers Initiative and is the first Participatory Defense Hub in the state of Florida. LEAH is a grassroots non profit organization dedicated to SDG 16 and growing Legal Empowerment in the United States, especially in isolated, vulnerable and incarcerated communities. Jhody is a 2018 Soros Justice Fellow and formerly incarcerated Jailhouse Lawyer. Jhody worked as a central Florida organizer on Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to over 1.4 million Floridians with Felony Convictions. In 2019 she received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award and the Peacebuilder of the Year award. She is also the founder of the Florida Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls.
Jhody aspires to become a certified license human rights attorney and teacher of the law. She also intends to run for and hold public office. Through the Namati network she hopes to gain the knowledge, relationships and resources expand access to justice for All in her community, state, country and around the world. She hopes to remove the barriers between people and the law and create opportunities for the incarcerated to learn the law during incarceration and achieve their law degrees while incarcerated, she also hopes grow community paralegals in the communities she serve. Jhody is proud Mother, community peacebuilder, defender of Justice and Black Woman.
Jhody Polk is the network champion (main point of contact) for Legal Empowerment and Advocacy Hub.

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