Meet The Team
Loyda Colon, Co-Director
Loyda Colon, Co-Director, Justice Committee (JC)
Loyda Colon is a Nuyorican, born and raised in the projects of the Lower East Side. They have been an organizer and activist for over two decades, fighting for freedom for all people, including through struggles for racial justice, rights of LGBT and gender nonconforming people, economic justice, and against police and state violence. Loyda first joined the Justice Committee as a member in the 2000s, served as Co-Coordinator with Jessica Sanclemente, and became full-time staff as JC's Co-Director in 2013. Loyda initiated JC's copwatch program, which helped to form NYC's Cop Watch Alliance; and leads JC program work, including organizing families whose loved ones were killed by police, integrating healing practice in the organizing, leadership development of members, and digital and social media platforms. Prior to coming on staff full-time with the Justice Committee, Loyda's experience included serving as the first staff member/Interim Campaign Coordinator of Communities United for Police Reform (CPR); Coordinator of the Coalition for Community Safety at the Center for Constitutional Rights; Coordinator of The Audre Lorde Project's organizing work against police & state violence; and Coordinator of ALP's first LGBTTST youth organizing program.
Yul-san Liem, Co-Director
Yul-san is a social justice artist and organizer. She worked closely with the Justice Committee as a volunteer and consultant from 2007 until 2012, when she joined the organization’s staff as its Director. As a representative of the Justice Committee, she sits on the Steering Committee and Executive Committee of Communities United for Police Reform and co-chairs its Community Empowerment Working Group and helps lead the grassroots coalition, Peoples’ Justice for Community Control and Police Accountability. In the past Yul-san has been a staff member and consultant for Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities and the Audre Lorde Project. From 2003-2010 she also served as Co-Coordinator for the multimedia exhibit, Still Present Pasts, Korean American and the “Forgotten War.”
Danny Kim, Program Assistant
Danny is a social justice activist and media educator. Danny has been a volunteer for JC since 2013, when he joined the Jackson Heights-Corona-Elmhurst Cop Watch team. He has also been involved in JC as a member of the families support team. In addition to being involved in police accountability work, Danny does work around anti-militarism and anti-war in the Korean American community. Currently he is involved in supporting the inter-Korean (North, South, Oversea Korean) efforts of bringing peace and reunification to the Korean Peninsula. Danny also works in media education, supporting young people in their growth as media producers and artists.
Divad Durant, Organizer
Divad Durant is a filmmaker, artist, community organizer and father. Divad became activated in social justice work in the Bronx in response to environmental racism and the killing of Amadou Diallo by the NYPD. He joined Justice Committee as a volunteer in 2011 and briefly joined staff as Bronx organizer in 2013. In the past he worked as a youth organizer for Picture the Homeless and media educator for Global Action Project.
The Community Organizer will be responsible for coordinating and building the Justice Committee’s Community Defense Program Area by working with relevant staff and members to create experiments that hold law enforcement accountable, decrease police violence and reliance on law enforcement while creating people-led community safety and eradicating policing as we know it today. We believe this to be possible through a variety of tools including campaigns, trainings, political education, CopWatch, and safety mechanisms and projects that we have yet to try.
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Jessica Sanclemente, Board Chair
Jessica Sanclemente works at the New York City Housing Preservation and Development Agency under the Division of Tenant Resources. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Hofstra University and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. In 2006 Jessica received a New York University community service fellowship through which she worked with the Southwest Georgia Communities Project to produce healthcare information for temporary farm workers. Jessica joined the Justice Committee-NCPPR at the age of 15 in 1996. She worked for many years under the guidance of Richie Perez and eventually co-coordinated the committee with him. Jessica currently represents the JC in Communities United for Police Reform’s Policy Working Group.
Priscilla Gonzalez has spent the last decade working with membership-based organizations to build power and bring about long-term systemic change. With a deep movement-building perspective, she has worked on public education and workers' rights campaigns and most recently police reform. Until 2012, she had the honor to serve as the Executive Director of Domestic Workers United, which won the historic campaign for the nation’s first Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Priscilla also served as Director of Organizing for Communities United for Police Reform, an unprecedented multi-strategy and multi-sector campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York.
Francois M. Restrepo
Francois Restrepo is an attorney with Manhattan Legal Services. He graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a major in Justice Studies and honors concentration in English. He obtained his Juris Doctorate with a concentration in International Law from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan. Previously, he was an Adjunct Lecturer in the Latina/o American Studies Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he taught courses on the Latino/a Experience in the United States; Law, Crime, and Drugs in Latin America; Human Rights in Latin America; Latinas/os in New York City and Justice: and Latinas/os and the Struggle for Civil Rights and Social Justice In the United States. He was also John Jay’s Assistant Director to the Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program at St. John’s University School of Law. He also currently represents the Justice Committee on the Policy Working Group of Communities United for Police Reform.
Marinieves Alba is a New York City-based cultural activist, producer and change-maker who has worked in the arts, and youth and community development throughout the United States and Latin America for over 15 years. Marinieves has dedicated her life to exploring and nurturing the intersections between the arts and activism, and has produced cultural events and media throughout the United States and Latin America for institutions including but not limited to the Franklin H. Williams Caribbean Cultural Center/Africa Diaspora Institute, The Hip Hop Theater Festival/International Hip Hop Exchange (IHX), WBAI/Pacifica Radio, and her moniker The Zol Lab. She is a co-editor and contributor to WOMEN WARRIORS OF THE AFRO-LATINA DIASPORA (Arte Publico Press, 2012). She is currently a Community School Director for a public middle school campus in Washington Heights, NY and also serves as the Director of Arts Programs for the Children's Aid Society. Through this work, she advocates tirelessly for education rights and equity, and supports children, youth, families and educators in addressing non-academic barriers to learning. She resides in New York City where she is happily raising a four-year-old and teaching him the power of words and creativity.