Topeka K. Sam
While in Federal Prison, Topeka K. Sam witnessed first hand the epidemic and disparity of incarceration on women but most specifically women of color and felt the urgency to help change the criminal legal system. Since her release in May 2015, she hit the ground blazing. Ms. Sam is the Founder and Executive Director of The Ladies of Hope Ministries, whose mission is to help disenfranchised and marginalized women and girls transition back into society through spiritual empowerment, education, entrepreneurship and advocacy. She is also the founder of HOPE HOUSE NYC – a safe housing space for women and girls. Topeka serves on the board of directors for Grassroots Leadership. She is a Beyond the Bars 2015 Fellow and a 2016 Justice-In-Education Scholar both from Columbia University, a 2017 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow working on Probation and Parole Accountability, a 2018 Unlocked Futures Inaugural Cohort Member and a founding member of The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. Find Topeka on social media: @thelohm.