Jamila Hammami

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project
Executive Director

Key Topics: Solitary confinement, LGBTQI/ HIV migration, Prison divestment, Immigration, Immigration detention/ prison, Colonialisms impact on migration and queerness, Foreign policy and migration, Jasmine Revolution and the Arab Spring, Reproductive justice, Grassroots organizing, LGBTQI prison, Women in movements, Pro soldier/ anti-war movements

Bio: Jamila is a queer first­ generation Tunisian­ Arab American woman of color community organizer & social worker from the south, now based in NYC. She is a founder and Executive Director of the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project. She is a graduate of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College with a degree in Community Organizing Social Work, with a specialization in Immigrants and Refugees. She is currently a proud member of the Resist board of directors. She comes to this work with personal and familial experiences with the incarceration system, a background in reproductive justice, working to center woman, specifically trans and queer, of color’s voices in movements, and witnessing the impacts of migration and racism in her formative years in Texas. Jamila is a survivor of police brutality and the carceral system; but is fortunate to have been able to remain in the free world based on civil rights violations. She is also a leader of the NYC chapter of Black & Pink, an organization run and led by those that are currently or are previously incarcerated and free world allies.

Selected Speaking Experience

  • UNHCR Convening 2015 Geneva, Switzerland
  • Rebel Law Conference at Yale
  • Beyond the Bars Conference
  • Next System Conference at the Murphy Insitute
  • Detention Watch Network Conference