Founder & Director - Suzanne Shell
Suzanne Shell is the Director of American Family Advocacy Center and founder of Family Rights Advocacy Institute, devoted to protecting and promoting the fundamental human right to family association. Ms. Shell has been accredited to provide continuing the legal education program in five states, a program that she created for attorneys and judges in the child welfare arena. She is the author of Profane Justice: A Comprehensive Guide to Asserting Your Parental Rights as well as You Have the Power: Knowing My Rules, a book designed to teach children how to recognize which professionals to trust, and how to respond when questioned by child welfare professionals.
Congressman - Hakeem Jeffries
Hakeem Jeffries represents the diverse Eighth Congressional District of New York, an area that encompasses large parts of Brooklyn and a section of Queens. Serving his second term in the United States Congress, Rep. Jeffries is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and House Education and the Workforce Committee. He is also Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus. During the prior Congress, he served on the House Judiciary Committee Task Force on Over-criminalization. Presently, Rep. Jeffries co-chairs the bipartisan Intellectual Property Caucus.
Executive Director of TESSA - SherryLynn Boyles
With almost 20 years of executive, fundraising, communications, and program experience, Ms. Boyles’ background includes serving as Executive Director of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault as well as a consultant for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Teen Dating Abuse Helpline and local shelters in Texas. The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) is committed to ending sexual violence in Texas through education, prevention and advocacy. In the meantime, we desire to support survivors on their paths to hope, healing and justice. TAASA is the voice of the sexual assault movement in Texas. We are a unifying force bringing together parties involved in and affected by sexual assault as a catalyst for change.
Retired LAPD Sergeant - Cheryl Dorsey
Cheryl Dorsey is a Los Angeles native. In 1978, she began a career in law enforcement where she worked for the State of California, Department of Justice. In 1980, Cheryl joined the Los Angeles Police Department. During her twenty year (LAPD) career, she worked exclusively in patrol and specialized units such as traffic, vice and the infamous gang unit known as Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (C.R.A.S.H.) Today, she serves as a speaker, author, community advocate and police expert, educating the public in the areas of police policy and procedures as well as understanding police culture and deciphering police code talk. She has appeared on CNN’s HLN, NewsMax - MidPoint TV, and the Dr. Phil show as a guest police expert. Cheryl is a frequent commentator on KPCC, KGGN, KTYM and contributing writer for LA Progressive and Huffington Post.
Senator - Dick Durbin
Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Springfield, is the 47th U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois, the state’s senior senator, and the convener of Illinois’ bipartisan congressional delegation. Durbin also serves as the Assistant Democratic Leader, the second highest ranking position among the Senate Democrats. Also known as the Minority Whip, Senator Durbin has been elected to this leadership post by his Democratic colleagues every two years since 2005. He is also the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution and the Appropriations Committee's Defense subcommittee.
Director of Communications - Nico Perrino
Nico Perrino graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington (IU) with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history. Nico’s on-campus activism in defense of student and faculty rights led to induction into FIRE’s Prometheus Society. Nico first joined FIRE in 2012 as a Program Associate and Assistant to the President, later serving as a Communications Coordinator. In 2014, Nico went to work for the Institute for Justice, before returning to FIRE in 2015 to manage its communications team. His organization was founded by Attorney Harvey Silverglate and Professor Alan Kors, defending rights such as Freedom of Speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience at American colleges.