Germain is the founder of Take It To The Court Foundation (TITTCF). TITTC is a non-profit organization designed to bring awareness to the violence that takes place in black and brown communities. In 2014, Germain began organizing basketball tournaments for youth and young adults nationally. These tournaments helped bring the community together, bring awareness to the violence in the community he serves, and provide resources and outlets for those facing these challenges.
Germain obtained his paralegal certification at Pace University of NYC in 2016. He has an extensive background working in the community as a community organizer for the Legal Aid Society for approximately nine years. During his time with the Legal Aid Society, he built relationships within the community, working alongside city council constituents and creating connections with many different organizations that work together to help community members.
Ruth worked within her community with the youth in her church and mentored many. She taught dance, singing and helped with the operations of church events. Ruth, at the same time, started working for non- profit companies where she was a counselor, a manager and internal auditor/investigator for people with Developmental Disabilities. She transitioned her skills and experiences and started working within the hospital setting. There she provided support to the operations of the Psychiatric Department and Laboratory Department. Ruth continues to involve herself and help within her community and companies as her passion is to support and make a difference in this world.
Wilfredo Laracuente comes to the position of Community Organizer for the Office of the Community Liaison with a history of serving people affected by incarceration and violence in various capacities. Wilfredo recently facilitated Fedcap IMPACT in Queens, providing Reentry Transitional Workshops for people returning from prison. He also served as Mentor for the Justice Ambassadors Youth Council and the New Settlement Community Center, focusing on improving the lives of New York’s most vulnerable youth, and ending gun violence. Over the last six months, Wilfredo also worked as a Teaching Assistant for Columbia University’s Prison Education Program and has credited higher education in prison as a key factor in his own transformation. In all of these roles, Wilfredo has utilized skills and education acquired during his incarceration. He anticipates that this experience will enable him to engage successfully with community members regarding the issues relevant to federal Monitorship. Before coming home two years ago, he served as a Peer Educator and Facilitator for the Council for Unity and as Administrative Clerk for the Osborne Association’s family-focused programs at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. Using the lessons he learned as part of turning his life around, he used his time to assist others in their journeys of redemption and rehabilitation. Wilfredo received his Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science from Mercy College in 2019.
Tatiana is an anti-carceral advocate working to build political equity for Black communities. She is a New York-based community organizer working to build political power with and for marginalized Black people, especially as it relates to ending mass incarceration and the systems that perpetuate it. Her advocacy work started as a labor organizer. She is one of the two original organizers that created the first union in any Verizon Wireless store in the country. Tatiana has worked as a constituent advocate for the progressive Senator Jabari Brisport. Hill previously worked with VOCAL-NY, a grassroots power building organization where she organized and advocated for formerly incarcerated people in its Civil Rights Union. She was also a director of advocacy helping to frame and build out an organizing model for organizing and base building.
Josmar is a New York City-based community organizer. Previously he was the Deputy Director of the Police Reform Organizing Project and lead organizer with The Policing & Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College. He has written and organized around issues of policing, education and housing. A lifelong New Yorker, he lives in Queens with his four children.
For over three years, Erica has been honing her skills in social media marketing and management. She has a passion for educating and spreading awareness on important issues. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, which has equipped her with the ability to understand others and effectively connect with diverse audiences. Her goal is to create impactful social media strategies that engage and promote social change. As a New York City native, she is dedicated to creating a better future for our community, particularly regarding policing reform, one post at a time!