Welcome New DPN Staff!


Carrie Leilam Love
Cultural Arts Coordinator

carrie_staff_photoCarrie Leilam Love is an artist and freedom fighter from Oakland, CA. She writes short stories and poems about love and struggle. Sometimes she does narrative based performance art. She’s been a teaching artist and arts administrator in the Bay Area for 10 years. She is the daughter and sister of formerly incarcerated black men and goes hard to smash the prison industrial complex in their names and in solidarity with incarcerated people world wide.





Chantal Coudoux
Associate Development Director

chantal_profileChantal graduated from Scripps College with a BA in politics with a focus on race theory and social justice. She has volunteered with Dignity and Power Now for the last two years. She focuses on development and programmatic work with Success Stories. Prior to her time at Dignity and Power Now, Chantal worked with a Los Angeles based civil rights organization doing policy advocacy and community organizing. She is a big fan of cats, fútbol, bachata, and The Backstreet Boys.





Salimah Hankins, Esq.
Director of Legislative Advocacy

salimah_profileSalimah Hankins is a human rights activist, community organizer, attorney, creative-writer, dancer, cyclist, street-art-enthusiast, and a traveler. Before starting as the Director of Legislative Advocacy at Dignity and Power Now, she served as the CERD Consultant for the United Nations’ “Race Treaty” (CERD) review for the US Human Rights Network. Salimah has advocated for the rights of low-income clients of color as a civil rights attorney at the ACLU of Maryland and the Fair Housing Justice Center. She has also served as a legislative aide to a Massachusetts state senator, director of human rights for a Brooklyn-based human rights organization, prisoners rights law clerk at a Boston-based civil rights law firm, and a pro bono attorney for a variety of civil rights groups. She has also given lectures, presented her research at conferences, and published in a variety of journals. Salimah is originally from New Orleans and has called Boston, Baltimore, and Brooklyn home. She currently resides in the Bay Area with her husband who teaches literature (with a focus on race and gender) at the college level. Salimah enjoys reading about and fighting for the liberation of oppressed peoples, and snuggling with her cat, Malcolm.



Carla Gonzalez

Carla Gonzalez

1 Comment

  1. Selina Gonzalez | 08/19/2017 at 3:11 pm

    This organization is amazing !! Today I had one of the most difficult experiences ever in front of the Los Angeles men’s central jail my car was towed today wrongfully and my children and I were stranded and because of this organization they help me to get my car out of the tow yard and get me and my babies home they gave me resources advice and help me to check in within my inner self and be able to go on about my day I had an amazing day because of them I highly recommend anyone who is a single mother of children with family incarcerated to look into this organization I am so blessed and so thankful I learned how to meditate they had all Apps of resources gave out lunch to my children did activities with my children while I became one with the earth today and I’m so blessed and so thankful thank you to everyone that was out there today in Los Angeles it is very much appreciated and I don’t know what my children and I would’ve done without you guys you’re amazing !! I am spreading the word !!!


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