Yoana Tchoukleva: Disrupting the school to prison pipeline
Yoana Tchoukleva (formerly “Ioana”) is a civil rights attorney and restorative justice circle keeper devoted to building practices, policies and spaces that further collective healing and liberation. In her current role as the Judge Constance Baker Motley Civil Rights Fellow at Equal Justice Society (“EJS”), she uses both litigation and legislative advocacy to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline and reduce the impact of individual and systemic bias on communities of color interfacing with the education and criminal legal systems. She is also the Institute Co-Chair of New Leaders Council Oakland, the Interim Board Chair of the Embodiment Project, and a circle keeper with the Oakland-based Social Justice Collective. Prior to her role at EJS, Yoana was engaged in community restorative justice and policy work, clerked for the Honorable Judge Thelton E. Henderson in the Northern District of California, and served as a Litigation Fellow at the ACLU of Northern California where she advocated for an end to juvenile life without parole in California. She is a graduate of Berkeley Law.
Q&A: Dr. Vasu Sunkara
Dr. Vasu Sunkara was a UC Berkeley undergraduate in Development Studies and Molecular and Cell Biology when he was selected for a Human Rights Center Fellowship to work with the Comision Mexicana de Defensa y Promocion de los Derechos Humanos in Mexico in 2001. He is currently Chief Medical Officer at Parktree Community Health Centers in Pomona and Ontario, California, and on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis.