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Gabrielle Prisco, Executive Director, Lineage Project

A national expert on youth justice with a longstanding interest in mindfulness and yoga, Gabrielle is thrilled to have found a home at Lineage Project. In her TEDx talk On Canaries, Love and Justice, Gabrielle explores how children serve as an early warning system for societal dysfunction, and how her meditation practice deepened her compassion for youth in the justice system.

Every time Gabrielle visits a Lineage class, she is struck by the ways in which young people tap into their inner stability and strength, and actively generate compassion for themselves and others. After over a decade witnessing the traumatizing impact of the criminal justice and child welfare systems, Gabrielle is deeply inspired to bring free, portable, and lifelong mindfulness tools to young people. And she is excited about Lineage’s growing work toward a world in which the staff and systems that serve children embody mindfulness-based practices and cultures.

Gabrielle previously served as Director of the Juvenile Justice Project at the Correctional Association of New York; a Legal Aid attorney for children in child abuse and neglect and juvenile delinquency cases; the Brennan Fellow (1st Amendment law) at the American Civil Liberties Union; and the Derrick Bell Fellow (constitutional law) at NYU Law. She holds a J.D. cum laude from NYU School of Law (Arthur Garfield Hays Fellow), an M.A. from the University of Alabama, and a B.S. magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University (Posse Scholar). Gabrielle authored When the Cure Makes You Ill: Seven Core Principles to Change the Course of Youth Justice (56 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 1413), outlining the essential tenets of youth justice transformation. She is also a writer of fiction and non-fiction, whose work explores spirituality, loss, and coming to compassion.

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