LOHM's Global Speakers Bureau was created by and for women affected by the criminal justice system.

Our speakers bureau offers professionally trained public speakers who:

  • Address the impact of poverty, incarceration, and sexual violence on women and girls
  • Share their experience of arrest, incarceration, and reentry
  • Offer compelling policy recommendations to transform the intersecting systems that comprise the criminal justice
  • Tell inspiring and deeply personal stories about their own journeys

The LOHM prepares and provides tools for women to market themselves as public speakers and to be compensated for their public appearances. Built on the same entrepreneurial foundation as all our work, the LOHM prepares women to shift their own narrative from the story of "what happened" to one of renewal and the constructive role formerly incarcerated people can play in society.

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Hear from the FOWI Speakers

Monica Banks

Monica Banks, a member of the Faces of Women Imprisoned Global Speakers Bureau, shares a moving story about second chances and successful reentry.

Wendi Cooper

Wendi Cooper is a member of The LOHM Global Speakers Bureau. She spoke about life post incarceration and Louisiana's crime against nature law during the programs virtual launch.

Tia Ryans

Tia Ryans is a member of our Global Speakers Bureau. She spoke about community activism and storytelling as a tool during the programs' virtual launch.

Promise Mebrtatu

Promise Mebrtatu is a member of our Global Speakers Bureau. She spoke about social integration post-incarceration and spirituality during the programs' virtual launch.

Lauren Reed

Lauren Reed is a member of our Global Speakers Bureau. She spoke about higher education in incarceration during the programs' virtual launch.

Dee Rainer

Dee Rainer is a member of our Global Speakers Bureau. She spoke about legislative advocacy during the programs' virtual launch.

Starling Thomas

Starling Thomas is a member of our Global Speakers Bureau. She spoke about dignity for women & models of successful reentry during the programs' virtual launch.

Halimah Washington

Halimah Washington is a member of our Global Speakers Bureau. She spoke about community activism, legislative advocacy & social integration post-incarceration during the programs' virtual launch.

Ayana Thomas

Ayana Thomas is a member of our Global Speakers Bureau. She spoke about family reunification during the programs' virtual launch.