On January 7, 2019, 30-year-old Cyntoia Brown-Long finally received clemency after spending nearly half her life in prison. She thought she’d spend forever behind bars, but a global community stepped up to prove different!
As a teen, Brown-Long was forced into “sex slavery.” At 16, she believed a 43-year-old man involved in her abuse was going to kill her – so she defended herself by killing him first.
But the criminalization and hypersexualization of Black girls in this criminal “justice” system led to HER being the one sentenced to life.
The punishment for surviving her abuse was finally cut short in 2019 after fifteen years in prison.
During her incarceration, she earned multiple degrees and mentored other young people, and has continued her advocacy since then.
And, after actually getting married while imprisoned, Brown-Long joined her husband in a new home in Nashville – finally settled and excited to enjoy life.
Cyntoia Brown-Long fought for liberation from her sexual abuse by any means necessary. But not all survivors receive the same level of exposure and advocacy. We still have work to do – to fight to free them ALL from this cruel system!