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Taina  Vargas-Edmond

Taina Vargas-Edmond

Essie Justice Group
Essie Fellow Lead
Oakland, CA, USA


Taina Vargas-Edmond is the Lead Fellow with the Essie Justice Group, an Oakland-based organization that provides healing and advocacy support to women with incarcerated loved ones. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Initiate Justice, which engages people directly impacted by incarceration in the California ballot proposition process. As a woman with an incarcerated loved one, her work focuses on policy reforms that aim to chip away at mass incarceration.

Prior to joining Essie and founding Initiate Justice, Taina worked as a State Campaigner for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and as a Field Representative for the California State Assembly. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge, and a Master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University.

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