Joie Lou Shakur is a Black Trans Immigrant from Jamaica. Joie is a Tzedek Fellow at Our VOICE Rape Crisis Center and is working to develop a sexual violence prevention curriculum specific to the Asheville’s Black population. They believe that restorative justice practices are central to healing from trauma and rebuilding within Black communities. Joie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been a grassroots community organizer in North Carolina since 2013. Their political home is with Southerners on New Ground (SONG), a regional Queer Liberation organization made up of people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town, LGBTQ people in the South. After Tzedek, they plan to do research and apprenticeship around self-governance and restorative justice toward building autonomous Black spaces. Joie loves filmmaking, and is in the midst of co-creating a documentary for culturally understanding transgender identities within Black families.