Karen Dickson-Morrison- Research Director

Karen Dickson-Morrison was born in Kingston, Jamaica. She moved to the Bronx, New York in 1977 and has been a resident of Virginia for 30 years. Karen graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Middle School Education. She earned a master’s degree in Instruction and Curriculum from the University of Phoenix. Karen is a Homebound Instructor for Norfolk Public Schools.

In 2014, Karen discovered her passion for justice when she found out a dear friend of hers was serving life in prison for a first-time drug offense. She advocated for his release and in 2016, President Obama granted him clemency. Karen has advocated for the release of other men and women and through dedication and service, assisted with their release as well. Karen continues to advocate for people serving long and lengthy sentences in federal and state prisons.

Karen is an excellent research specialist and writer. Through great story telling, she wrote articles for Gotham City Esq. an online publication. Her articles captured media attention and inspired people to get involved.

Articles included:

  1. Juveniles in Prison for Life? The Supreme Court Ruling and Second Chances.
  2. Missouri Sets Date to Execute Marcellus Williams; DNA Evidence Casts Doubt on His Guilt.
  3. Cyntoia Brown and Juvenile Justice; Child Sex Victim Serving Life for Murder.
  4. Something’s Gotta Give: Thousands of Women Serve Decades in Prison, which featured the story of Ms. Alice Johnson fight for freedom.

Due to Karen’s advocacy, she is pursuing her dreams of becoming a lawyer and plans to apply for law school in 2020.   

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