Aminah Elster

2018 Elder Freeman Policy Fellow

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Domestic Violence, Family Law, Women’s Empowerment, Legislation Advocacy, Community Organizing.

Email: aminah[at]prisonerswithchildren.org
Phone: 415.637.8195

ABOUT:
Aminah is a mother of one and a survivor of domestic and state violence. She was released from the California Department of Corrections in 2017 after serving a life sentence for surviving abuse. In prison, Aminah earned two Associates Degrees: Liberal Arts & Humanities and Science & Math, as well as her Paralegal Certificate with a focus in Family Law and Civil Litigation. She facilitated numerous programs for her peers, including classes on domestic violence, Self-Esteem, and Co-dependency. Aminah maintained her connection with Legal Services for Prisoners with Children from within the women’s prison and soon became involved with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Survived & Punished, and All of Us or None. She continues to serve as an agent for change and advocates to free incarcerated survivors and to be the voice for those unjustly impacted by our criminal injustice system.

WORKS:
Reenty – Bay Area resource fair empowers female paroleesInside CDCR, Nov. 22, 2017.