Open Society Foundations announces 2020 Soros Justice Fellows

Open Society Foundations announces 2020 Soros Justice Fellows

The Open Society Foundations has announced the 2020 class of Soros Justice Fellows.

Nineteen fellows — a mix of artists, advocates, organizers, and researchers dedicated to advancing criminal justice reforms in the United States — from eight states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico will receive stipends of between $57,500 and $127,500 for full-time projects lasting twelve to eighteen months.

This year's fellows include Wakumi Douglas, who will work to promote cutting-edge healing justice trends and tools to end mass incarceration; Xochtil Larios, who will lead a transformational educational opportunity for youth held in Alameda County's Juvenile Hall; and Maria Mari-Narváez, whose project will document and combat state violence in Puerto Rico. Other fellows include Julie Mao, whose project aims to challenge mass migrant prosecutions and government surveillance by enabling immigrant families and organizers to speak about the harms such prosecutions and surveillance cause; Siwatu-Salama Ra, who will work with formerly incarcerated people to build bridges between the environmental and climate justice movements and the prison abolition and defund police movements; and Waleisah Wilson, who plans to mobilize differently abled people in the South  directly impacted by arrest, conviction, incarceration, probation, or parole.

"It's exciting to see the incredible range of ideas and tools these fellows bring to the cause of advancing justice," said Leonard Noisette, who oversees the fellowship program. "We are proud to help support the next generation of leaders in the movement to bring this country closer to its ideals." 

"Open Society Foundations announce 2020 Soros Justice Fellows." Open Society Foundations press release 12/18/2020.