NARSOL is pleased to announce our new advisory council and its inaugural members.
From its beginnings in the late 90’s in Boston by a group of civil libertarians, educators, and other professionals, through the formation of RSOL led by an administrative team, to the transition to NARSOL with a board of directors, our commitment has consistently been to better equip ourselves in the struggle to restore dignity, hope, and constitutional rights to persons with previous sexual crime convictions.
Our creation of an advisory council is the next step in that commitment.
Our first task was to seek out qualified and committed individuals who could provide advice and expertise in a variety of disciplines. Many names were recommended, and as we considered each one, we chose those who maintained the professional and personal qualities of someone who we would be honored to work with in our quest.
The advisory council is a group of prestigious professionals, academics, and community leaders lending their names and providing advice on how NARSOL can better manage the organization. The advisory council will provide NARSOL leadership with guidance on vision, innovation, integration, risk management, and profitability.
It is and will be composed of individuals with relevant experience and recognition in matters of but not limited to: law, legislation, fundraising, public relations, public health, housing and workforce development, marketing, civil rights, law enforcement, and accounting and will provide insights on various trends within and tangential to the NARSOL mission.
We are honored to introduce our first NARSOL Advisory Council members.
Professor Ira Ellman is a Distinguished Affiliated Scholar with the Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley and on the faculty of the Berkeley Center for Child and Youth Policy. His 2015 article, “ ‘Frightening and High’: The Supreme Court’s Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics,” has been widely discussed in both legal publications and in key national media.
Dr. Alissa Ackerman is a professor of criminal justice at California State University, Fullerton, and co-founder of Ampersands Restorative Justice. For more than 15 years she has studied every aspect of sexual abuse and the criminal justice policies used after it occurs. She is internationally recognized for her contributions to the field and her innovative approach that has helped hundreds of people on their path toward healing. She has published several books and has written extensively on topics related to sexual abuse. Her most recent book, Healing from Sexual Violence: The Case for Vicarious Restorative Justice, was published in 2019.
Dr. Fred Berlin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an attending physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is the director of the National Institute for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Trauma. That program has been designated by the United States Department of Justice as a national resource site. He is also the director of the Johns Hopkins Sex and Gender Clinic. He has numerous publications in a variety of medical and psychiatric journals.
Mr. Glenn Martin is the president and founder of GEMtrainers.com, a social justice consultancy firm that partners with non-profits from across the United States to assist with fundraising, organizational development, and marketing. Glenn is a longstanding American criminal justice reform advocate and is the founder and former president of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA). He co-founded the Education from the Inside Out Coalition, a national campaign working to remove barriers to higher education facing students while they are in prison and after they are released.
NARSOL is honored to have these men and women on our advisory council; we will continue seeking out and adding additional equally qualified folk to join them and us in our cause.