Meet JC's Leadership Team
Loyda Colon, Executive Director
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 2006, served as Co-Coordinator, 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 murdered 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 LGBTST youth organizing program.
Yul-san Liem, Director of Development and Operations
Yul-san has been taking it to the streets, raising funds, and making art as part of New York City's social and racial justice movements since 2001. She is currently the Justice Committee's Director of Development and Operations, after serving as a JC Co-Director from 2012-2021 and a volunteer and consultant prior to that. During her time as Justice Committee staff, Yul-san helped to found and lead the citywide CopWatch Alliance and the multi-sector campaign, Communities United for Police Reform - for which she sat on its Steering Committee and Executive Committee and co-chaired its Community Empowerment Working Group. 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 served as Co-Coordinator and artist for the multimedia exhibit, Still Present Pasts, Korean American and the “Forgotten War.”
Danny Kim, Organizer: Families Organizing & Case Support
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
Helen Guzman, Lead Organizer: Community Defense
Helen is Xicana raised in the Bronx, NYC. She attended NYC public schools and then attended Trinity College as a Posse Scholar where she majored in Latin American Studies and Women Gender and Sexuality. She was a School Safety organizer for five years with parents in the Bronx fighting for safe schools and quality education in District 9 and 7. Recently she worked supporting a worker-owner cleaning cooperative with survivors of domestic violence. Helen joined the SouthBronx CopWatch team through the Justice Committee in 2017. In her free time she likes to attend New Day Church in the Bronx and spend time with her friends and family.
London Arnold, Organizer: Community Defense
London learned her BA in International Studies from Spelman College and her Masters of Arts in Sociology of Education from New York University. An advocate for social and educational equity, London has worked in research, education, and social justice orgs throughout her career. She worked in youth development for the past four years, and is now a staff organizer at JC. London has been a JC member since 2019 and is a member of the JC Leadership Body. In her free time, London enjoys reading, boxing, yoga, cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Divad Durant, Digital Media Associate
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. Divad briefly joined staff as a Bronx organizer in 2013. He is an experience CopWatcher, and CopWatch trainer. Divad is also currently a member of JC's fundraising team. In the past he worked as a youth organizer for Picture the Homeless and media educator for Global Action Project.
Jessica Sanclemente, Board Chair
Jessica Sanclemente-Gomez works at the Office of Housing for the City of Seattle working on affordable housing and equitable development policy. 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 is the board chair of the Justice Committee. Her main interest is the relationship between housing and policing.
Martha Laureano is a Puerto Rican New Yorker born in “El Barrio” and raised in the Soundview section of the Bronx. As a registered nurse, Martha has over thirty years of healthcare experience, including Post- operative Cardiac Care, Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine. Over the last decade, she has been professionally involved in the promotion of community empowerment through health education and self- management. Besides her commitment to community health work, Martha is a longtime community activist and organizer. Her activism began with the struggle to make Hostos Community College (from where she graduated with its first nursing class in 1973) an open and viable option for Latina/os. She participated in the actions against New York City hospital closings in the 70’s and has remained active in the fight to decrease healthcare disparities and increase diversity in health professions. Martha is currently the Director Health Education and Promotion for the NYU School of Medicine Institute for Community Health and Research and Coordinator of the Institute’s Center for Latino Health. She also serves as the senior coordinator and planner of the annual Latino Health Conference, the largest East Coast conference on the health of Latinx communities. Martha, along with her late husband, Richie Perez, has been instrumental in the development of young community leaders and in the building of a movement against police brutality and racial violence.
Martha is also the wife of our late co-founder, Richie Perez.
Priscilla González is Campaigns Director at Mijente, the leading digital and grassroots hub for Latinx/Chicanx organizing and movement building. Born and raised in New York City, she has been an organizer for nearly two decades. From working to pass the nation’s first Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights to helping to drive the largest unprecedented campaign/coalition for police accountability in NYC, she has experienced time and again how grassroots-led organizing always gets the goods when you've got a bold vision, clear and coordinated strategies, and a porous movement for community members to lead effectively and make change happen together.
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.
Marinieves Alba is also the daughter of Justice Committee's co-Founder, and former member of the Young Lords Party, Vicente "Panama" Alba.
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.