The Remedy Project was founded by David Simpson, who spent 10 years in federal prison learning the administrative remedy process and made it his personal mission to continue that advocacy on the outside. Alongside David, The Remedy Project is co-directed by Anna Sugrue, a recent Barnard College graduate who met David in a Columbia University Center for Justice class in the fall of 2018, while she was an undergraduate and he was a Justice-in-Education scholar. Led by David’s vision and expertise and assisted by Anna’s management experience and university connections, they launched the Remedy Project (then known at the Student Justice League) in January 2020.
Our Student Advocates
Tolu Lawal joined the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law as a fellow in September 2022. Prior to joining the Center, she was a Racial Justice Legal Fellow with the New York City Commission on Human Rights, working on legislative and policy analysis, public education and community collaboration, legal research and restorative/transformative justice through a race-specific focus. While a student at NYU Law, she served as the Co-Chair of the Black Allied Law Student Association (BALSA) and one of the lead organizers of the Racism Lives Here Too campaign. She worked at the Center as an intern in 2017, as well as an intern at the ACLU Racial Justice Project in 2018, and with NYU's Juvenile Defenders Clinic from 2018 to 2019. She also engages in advocacy, supporting Black and Brown-led groups committed to charting the road to liberation for all people, particularly those who are formerly incarcerated. She currently provides legal support to the Justice Impact Alliance. She is also a co-founder and co-lead organizer of Unlock the Bar (UTB), a New York-based campaign and coalition of allied and systems-impacted law students and lawyers who are advocating for a just and equitable legal profession. She received her J.D. from New York University Law School in the Class of 2019 and received her B.A. from Duke University in 2014
Our Board of Directors
Anna Sugrue is the co-founder and co-director of The Remedy Project. You can reach Anna at email@example.com or 929-249-0141.
David Simpson is the co-founder and co-director of The Remedy Project. You can reach David at firstname.lastname@example.org or 929-228-4102.
Indrani Nicodemus Rivera is a dedicated criminal legal and prison reform advocate. As an event producer, she focuses on raising awareness, fundraising and building community for various criminal legal organizations. Most notably, Indrani produced events for the Innocence Project, JLUSA and the Fortune Society. She holds membership on The Remedy Project board and with Parole Preparation Project's Anti-Racist Working Group. She is an Emerson College alumni, received a Navigator Certificate in Human Services and Community Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and completed NYS Peer certification training.
Dr. Valeria Saladino is a clinical psychologist and criminologist with a PhD in Developmental Psychology and PostDoc in Clinical Psychology at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio in Italy. She is interested in addiction, sexual offending, and the use of new technologies in the field of treatment and she has published articles and books on the topic. She works in the University Mercatorum of Rome as a professor and collaborates with the University of Salerno and “Magna Graecia” University of Catanzaro. She also works in adult Italian Correctional Facilities as a psychologist. She was on the founding team of The Remedy Project while a visiting scholar at Columbia University
Edie Conekin-Tooze is the student member of the Board of Directors. She is a senior at Columbia College studying political, social, and legal philosophy and ethics with a particular interest in the philosophy of childhood. After speaking to Kalief Browder's brother while working on a political campaign, Edie became passionate about criminal justice reform. She joined the Remedy Project in 2020 and has written thirty remedies on issues including medical neglect and hate crimes by staff. One of Edie's remedies even secured her client's early release from MDC Brooklyn. Last summer, Edie worked as a communications intern at NYC’s Civilian Complaint Review Board — the NYC watchdog agency that investigates police misconduct. Next year, Edie will be working as a legal analyst. She plans to attend law school and aspires to become a civil rights lawyer. In her free time, Edie enjoys baking, soul and funk music, and watching Formula 1.
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