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Sara Totonchi

Transformational Leader and Social Justice Advocate

Sara Totonchi’s career has focused on human rights and social justice for people in the Deep South, especially those impacted by the criminal legal system. For more than twenty years, Sara’s advocacy home was the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR), a public interest law firm that works for equality, dignity, and justice for people impacted by the criminal legal system in the Deep South. As executive director, Sara led the SCHR team in carrying out its mission to end the death penalty, mass incarceration, the criminalization of poverty, and racial injustice.

In 2022, Sara served as Senior Advisor for Research and Policy for Stacey Abrams’s gubernatorial campaign. Sara is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Promise of Justice Initiative in Louisiana, a Board Member of Motherhood Beyond Bars, and the past Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Re:Power.