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Carmen Perez

2018 Speaker

CARMEN PEREZ is something of a Renaissance woman in modern-day activism. She has dedicated twenty years to advocating for many of today’s important civil rights issues, including mass incarceration, gender equity, violence prevention, racial healing and community policing. As the executive director of The Gathering for Justice, a nonprofit founded by legendary artist and activist Harry Belafonte, Perez has crossed the globe promoting peace through civil and human rights, building alternatives to incarceration and violence, and providing commentary and guidance for state and federal policy creation. Her most recent work is her role as the national co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, drew over five million people across the globe who marched affirming women of all identities’ rights as human beings. In 2017, Perez was named one of Fortune’s Top 50 World Leaders and one of TIME’s most influential people. @msladyjustice1