2023 DFJ Transformative Justice Fellows

We are excited to announce our 2023 DFJ Transformative Justice Fellows! After a very competitive application process we have six fellows from across the country that will be joining us to raise awareness about the impact of juvenile fees and fines. Each of these fellows has first hand knowledge and  lived experience about the long term effects of fines and fees in the US. Fellows will work with local/state Debt Free Justice partners leading campaigns to abolish fines and fees. Fellows will also develop a participatory action research report, including data collection that will help impact future policy decisions. 


Portrait of Nykia Gatson

Nykia Gatson

Since 2019, Nykia has been a strong advocate for youth justice. Her lived expertise has made a significant impact throughout the country. She is motivated by the absence of support for those affected by the Juvenile Justice System. Nykia envisions a future where the inequalities faced by herself and other communities are eliminated, bringing equality and liberation to our young people.