Contributors



Roger Ghatt
CFYJ Chief Operating Officer

Roger has over 15 years of experience as a program coordinator and organizer. Before coming to the Campaign for Youth Justice, he worked as the program coordinator to the Senior Vice President for Product Development and the Senior Vice President for Human Resources at Blackboard Inc., the largest supplier of technology solutions for online education. Previously, Roger served as the Marketing & Outreach Coordinator for the National Catholic Education Association; a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit organization, where he coordinated a public education campaign on the benefits of Catholic school education. Since joining the Campaign for Youth Justice in 2005 Mr. Ghatt has directed the organizations outreach efforts to national organizations, stakeholders and policy-makers. He is also in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Campaign. Roger holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from American University (Washington, DC), and a MA from St. Thomas Aquinas University (Rome, Italy).

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Jessica Sandoval
CFYJ Vice President & Deputy Director

Jessica A. Sandoval, MPA, serves as Vice President & Deputy Director at the Campaign.  Prior to her role here, Ms. Sandoval served as the Program Associate at the National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. She has served as the Juvenile Justice Federal Policy Coordinator at the Center for Youth as Resources, a national youth development program, the Policy and Resource Development Specialist for the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, a national youth advocacy group, and Program Director for the Gang Rescue and Support Project, a Denver, Colorado organization targeting at-risk youth.  In addition, she served as a volunteer advocate as a governor-appointed member of the Colorado Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council for 10 years.  Ms. Sandoval graduated with a Masters of Public Administration from University of Colorado at Denver.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services, with an emphasis in high-risk youth studies, from Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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Carmen Daugherty
CFYJ Policy Director

As the Campaigns Policy Director, Carmen assists both state based organizations and national partners in developing policy goals related to criminal justice reform. Before coming to the Campaign, Carmen served as Deputy Director and staff attorney for Advocates for Justice and Education, A DC based non-profit, formed to educate parents, youth, and the community about the laws governing public education, specifically for children with special needs. In those roles, Carmen provided direct representation to families in special education and school discipline matters and also provided training to families on various disability topics.  In 2008, Carmen was appointed to the D.C. Mayor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Group where she works with city stakeholders to provide recommendations on district compliance with the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act. She also co-chairs the American Bar Association, Individual Rights and Responsibilities, Public Education Committee which seeks to protect and advance the right of equal access and opportunity to public education for all people. Carmen received her undergraduate degree from Vassar College and her Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law.

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Aprill O. Turner
CFYJ Director of Communications & Media Relations

 Aprill is a public relations professional with more than twelve years of experience working with non-profit and corporate clients, as well as elected officials, in the areas of political and communication strategy, message development, media training, crisis communications, branding, and public affairs.

Prior to coming to the Campaign for Youth Justice, Aprill taught public relations and journalism at Morgan State University and Loyola University in Baltimore, MD. She has also been Communications Consultant for the National Association of Black Journalists, Senior Account Executive at CooperKatz Public Relations in New York City, as well as planned and conducted media outreach initiatives for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights. In addition, Aprill has worked on Capitol Hill in several media capacities, including Press Advisor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, Deputy Press Secretary to Congressman Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts and Communications Director to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy of New York. Aprill has lead media strategy for several local, Congressional and Senatorial campaigns.

Aprill holds a bachelor's degree in legal communications from Howard University and a master's degree in political communication and fundraising from The George Washington University. Aprill is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the National Black Public Relations Society, and a former board member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

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Angella Bellota
CFYJ State Field Organizer
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Angella Bellota works as the Campaign for Youth Justices State Field Organizer. Angella provides technical assistance to targeted state campaigns aiming to end the prosecution of children as adults. She is currently providing technical assistance to North Carolinas Raise the Age Campaign, with a focus on grassroots mobilization, coalition building and public education.

Prior to joining the Campaign, Angella worked at Action for Children North Carolina, a state level childrens policy and research organization. In her capacity at Action for Children, Angella led the Research and Data team with developing child well-being publications in order to educate and engage policy makers and the general public. Her expertise and experience lead the organization to prioritize issues affecting children of color, resulting in Action for Childrens first publication about children of immigrant families. She also lead community outreach efforts and assisted in developing and implementing state and local strategies to build public will for campaigns around juvenile justice, education and health in under-served communities. She graduated from California State University, San Bernardino, receiving a BA in Sociology with a minor in Ethnic Studies. She completed her masters degree in Sociology from North Carolina State University, with a concentration in social inequality.

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Michael Kemp
CFYJ Fellow and Spokesperson

Michael Kemp was charged as an adult at the age of 17 in Washington, D.C.  He now works at the Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop in Washington, D.C. as a Re-entry Coach.. In addition, he works at the Campaign for Youth Justice where he leads a video project to document stories from  formally incarcerated youth, their parents and experts. These videos are a powerful tool to educate lawmakers and the public on the harm of prosecuting kids as adults. Michael has a passion for poetry and music. He is now 22 years old.





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