Miyhosi Benton is a Senior Associate at the Women & Justice Project (WJP), a non-profit organization that advances the leadership and narrative power of women directly impacted by incarceration to transform the criminal justice system. Miyhosi plays a lead role in creating and carrying out WJP’s storytelling, advocacy, organizing and culture change work, and she serves as a lead spokesperson for the organization in the public and the press.  Miyhosi has presented on women and mass incarceration in a wide variety of public forums and national conferences, and has been featured in such publications as Huffington Post, The Nation, and Al Jazeera America.  Prior to joining WJP in April 2016, Miyhosi worked at the Osborne Association’s NY Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents, and at Hour Children, a reentry program that supports families uniting after incarceration.  Miyhosi was a leader in the successful campaign to pass the 2015 Anti-Shackling law banning the barbaric practice of shackling incarcerated pregnant women in New York State, the most progressive law of its kind in the nation.  Miyhosi resides in Long Island City with her two children, and is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Communications.  Miyhosi is a recipient of the 2015 Susan B. Anthony Award from the National Organization for Women–NYC and the 2016 Hour Children Mother of the Year Award.

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