K. Shakira Washington

Vice President, The National Crittenton Foundation

K. Shakira Washington

Shira Washington’s work is focused on increasing awareness about the impact of violence on individual, family, community, and global health and social outcomes. Using community organizing, advocacy, and behavioral research, she seeks to bring the voices of those most impacted by violence to the center of efforts focused on social, economic, and systemic change.

“Acts of violence against our most vulnerable are perhaps the oldest and most destructive forms of oppression. Expressed in many forms, violence is often used to justify, explain, and maintain systems of inequality and inequity – including the sexual exploitation of others. The impact of violence is perhaps the most understated and misunderstood influence on the human condition.”