Current Leader

Caitlin Dunklee

Caitlin Dunklee
Location: Oakland, California Cohort Start Year: 2018 Project Topics: Behavioral and Mental Health, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Education, Leadership Development, Public Policy, Public, Population and Community Health, Violence and Trauma Populations Served: African-American/Black, At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Children and Families, Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Incarcerated or Formerly Incarcerated Populations, LGBTQ+ Communities, Low-Income Communities, Women's Health, Young Children (0-5 years)
Transformative In-Prison Workgroup

Our society’s response to harm is to put people in cages. Dominant public narratives reinforce the false idea that prisons produce safety. In fact, the criminalization of communities of color breaks apart families, destroys economic stability, and drives health inequities. Mass incarceration itself, is a public health crisis. Caitlin is interested in building a multi-sector alliance committed to substantially reducing criminalization in the Bay Area, promoting responses to crime that do not perpetuate harm, ensuring that the punishment for crime is not chronic disease and trauma, and scaling up community solutions to build accountability without violence, isolation, and cages. She is committed to bringing the power of public health to existing efforts led by formerly incarcerated individuals and their families, and developing an organizing strategy that centers healing.

Caitlin has organized with communities affected by incarceration for 15 years in Ecuador, New York, Texas, and California. She elevates the leadership of formerly incarcerated individuals, integrates healing into organizing strategies, and works alongside communities to end incarceration as we know it.