Topeka K. Sam

Topeka Sam serves as a Senior Advisor at New Yorkers United for Justice and is the Founder and Executive Director of The Ladies of Hope Ministries – The LOHM – whose mission is to help disenfranchised and marginalized women and girls transition back into society through resources and access to high-quality education, entrepreneurship, spiritual empowerment, advocacy and housing. She is also the co-founder of HOPE HOUSE NYC – a safe housing space for women and girls. In 2018, she became Director for the #Dignity Campaign at #cut50 where she has led a national effort to pass legislation in 8 states to make sure that the conditions of confinement are more humane for women and girls. Topeka serves on the board of directors for Grassroots Leadership and is now the first formerly incarcerated person on the board of The Marshall Project. She has worked and continues to work selflessly and relentlessly in her fight for the dignity, decriminalization and decarceration of women and girls. Topeka has accomplished this and more since her release from Federal Prison May 2015.