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Fanya Baruti

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Fanya is the Community Organizer at A New Way of Life Reentry Project, which provides housing and support services to formerly incarcerated women in South Central Los Angeles. As a community advocate, he works to restore the civil rights of people. Fanya is a formerly incarcerated individual with 17 years of organizing experience. While incarcerated, he organized other prisoners to fight for better conditions, educational and self-development opportunities, and pre-release programs. Since his release, he has worked with Black Awareness Community Development Organization (BACDO), the Reentry Workforce Development, and the International Council for Urban Peace, Justice and Empowerment around issues of black-brown unity, gang prevention and intervention, conflict resolution, youth empowerment, voter mobilization, three-strikes abolition and reentry. In addition to being a certified addiction interventionist, Fanya holds a certification in conflict resolution and is a former California Wellness Violence Prevention Community Fellow.