Prison Reentry Director at the Young Women’s Freedom Center in San Francisco
Amika Mota is the Prison Reentry Director at the Young Women’s Freedom Center in San Francisco. She began organizing for Reproductive Justice and young mothers rights over twenty years ago, as a teen mama and midwife. Her passion for criminal justice reform is rooted in her own experience. She began advocating for women in prison during her seven year incarceration in the California Department of Corrections, where she served time at both CIW and CCWF. During her time inside, she was a jailhouse lawyer, paralegal, firefighter, and mentor to many youth on the yard.
The sisterhood and resiliency of the women on the inside are what motivate her to revolutionize the criminal justice system, transform what true rehabilitation and reentry look like, and promote a culture of healing and restorative justice to those most impacted by the system. She is committed to lifting up the voices, visibility and leadership of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women.