We The Future:
Young Leaders of Social Change

Online Exhibit

Ismael Nazario
Transforming Criminal Justice

“My ambition comes from my first-hand experience and my understanding of how the system works.”

Poster: Ismael Nazario by Munk One

Ismael (he/him) is a criminal justice and prison reform advocate, currently working with The Fortune Society to support formerly incarcerated people transition back into society after their release.

When Ismael was a teenager, he was arrested for robbery and sent to Rikers Island where he spent 300 days in solitary confinement before he was ever convicted of a crime. His personal experience with the prison system motivated him to become a passionate advocate for young people and inspired to stand up for disenfranchised voices. Ismael has worked with numerous advocacy projects including Raise the Age campaign, Banning Solitary Confinement, and Rikers Reform. In 2015, he was recognized for his contributions and received the Peabody Award for Community Activism.

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