Shametria Gonzales is JAC’s Community Organizer. She hosts the Louisiana Stop Solitary Coalition and works with the Clean Slate Coalition to stop solitary confinement and automate expungements in the state of Louisiana.
Shametria conducts outreach to formerly incarcerated individuals and their families and connects individuals impacted by the criminal system with policymakers to advocate for change. She is also the Founder of the FORWARD reentry project assisting women that have recently been released from prison to connect with resources, mentorship, and advocacy during their transition back into society. Shametria believes working to end solitary confinement and to automate expungements in the state of Louisiana will be the start of a long line of advocacy work for her career as a servant leader.
Shametria is an educator, presenter, and activist on issues of trauma. She is the founder of Spiritually Connected, an organization that helps women and children redevelop themselves after trauma. Prior to joining JAC, Shametria worked as a Rape Prevention Educator for the New Orleans Family Justice Center, was a facilitator for the Teen Sex and the Law program for the Children's Advocacy Center, and a Medical Advocate for University Hospital where she assisted victims of sexual assault. Shametria co-authored a book with her nine-year old daughter, The Reflection Eyes See, to raise awareness on the effects of childhood trauma.
Shametria holds a BBA from Southern University.