Kimberly Haven is the Coalition & Policy Director for Reproductive Justice Inside.
She is a thought leader and a powerful voice and force in the social justice movement. She is a sought-after focus-issue expert and is a frequently called upon speaker on issues such as Voting Rights and Democracy, Collateral Consequences, Women in Prison, Mass Incarceration and Re-Entry, Pre-Trial Reform, Women’s Reproductive Justice and Parole and Probation reforms. She is a sought-after expert for legislative testifying and media commentary on a broad range of criminal justice reform and advocacy issues and she consults with state and local elected officials and executives on criminal justice issues.
In addition to her work with RJI, she is the Legislative Liaison for Interfaith Action for Human Rights and is the Executive Director/Founder of the Women’s Justice Initiative.
She has played a leadership role in numerous statewide efforts and have executed a variety of message campaigns in order to engage and impact public debates and ultimately to move policy. She has successfully ideated and created innovative community engagement strategies and campaigns during the past 20+ years.
She has an extensive background in community organizing, creating advocacy campaigns and leading legislative campaigns. She is uniquely familiar with the criminal justice system and is adept at organizing in this space. She has a strong passion for all justice issues, focusing for RJI on reproductive justice issues and is committed to reforming the negative conditions of confinement.
Her advocacy work began when she sought to regain her own voting rights after release from a Maryland prison. As a result of Kimberly’s direction, hard work and with the support of organizations and affected individuals, the Maryland House and Senate in March 2007 approved the Voting Rights Protection Act, which re-enfranchised conservatively 50,000 residents who had completed their sentences. Since that time, Kimberly Haven has served as the executive director of Justice Maryland and the Maryland Justice Project. She was the project director for the Maryland Public Defender’s Pre-Trial and Bail Reform Campaign organizing one of the first court watch projects for bail reform efforts.
She has the unique distinction of being the only formerly incarcerated individual who has written and gotten passed several pieces of legislation on both the State and City levels.
Ms. Haven speaks with a fresh voice, insight and authority that brings new attention to the gender disparities in the criminal justice system.