Kempis 'Ghani' Songster

Kempis Songster, also known as Ghani, joined the CFSY in March 2024 as CFSY’s first Transformative Healing & Restorative Justice Manager. In this role, he is helping CFSY to advance transformative and healing justice models across the nation. He is a founding member of Right to Redemption, the Redemption Project, and the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (CADBI), as well as a co-founder and director of Ubuntu Philadelphia. Since his release in 2017 after thirty years in prison – starting when he was 15 years old – Ghani has emerged as an outspoken voice and visionary in Philadelphia’s movement to end mass human caging and to create transformative and restorative responses to harm and violence. During his first three years out, he worked as the Healing Justice Organizer for the Amistad Law Project (ALP), during which time he co-created and hosted ALP’s “Move It Forward” podcast. Ghani spent another three years at the Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project (YASP) as leader of Philadelphia’s first Restorative Justice Diversion program for youth called Healing Futures.

Jackie Suazo

Jackie Suazo joined the CFSY team in August 2021. She came to us with a passion for social justice and a career interest in nonprofit management. She supports all staff through operations and finance administration.

From a young age, Jackie knew she wanted to help change the world in a positive way. She paid close attention to historical and current acts of oppression and focused her college research projects on inequity in the US (such as the war on drugs, personnel practices, and education). She knew that she wanted to dedicate her career to create equity in public health, immigration, education, or the criminal justice system. 

Jackie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Relying on her experience as a Human Resources Assistant at a major Miami art museum, she works to contribute to an inclusive and equitable work culture where members feel supported to serve the organization’s mission and their personal goals.

In her down time, Jackie loves relaxing on the beach, doing at least 10 minutes of yoga everyday, and going out to eat with family and friends.

Rebecca Turner

Rebecca Turner joined the CFSY team in July 2016. Rebecca tracks the results of resentencings taking place around the country as a result of the Supreme Court decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana. She also coordinates pro bono representation and serves as a resource for attorneys litigating Miller and Montgomery issues.

Studying social sciences as an undergrad, Rebecca focused on structural inequality and its causes and manifestations. Wanting to continue that work as applied to the criminal justice system, she went to law school, where she spent her summers working with organizations that represent death row clients.

After law school, Rebecca worked at the Prisoners’ Project of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, where she advocated for the humane treatment of prisoners in federal and state prisons. In this role, she worked on litigation and advocacy to ensure proper access to medical and mental health care, establish policies that are Americans with Disabilities Act compliant, and improve conditions of confinement. She later worked at the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, where she worked to implement Prison Rape Elimination Act policies and coordinate rape crisis center services for Maryland prisoners.

Outside of the office, Rebecca spends much of her free time with her nose in a book. She also enjoys trying out new recipes and taking naps.