Sia Henry, J.D., Senior Policy Associate

Sia Henry is deeply committed to liberation and racial justice and has spent a decade in the criminal legal system reform and abolition spaces. She comes to MAPS with the goal of ensuring Black, indigenous, and other communities of color have meaningful access to transformative healing opportunities. Sia previously worked with the Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice, supporting community-based organizations and criminal legal system partners around the country in establishing pre-charge restorative justice diversion programs that, without relying on prosecution or incarceration, bring those who have caused and been impacted by harm into healing and accountability processes. She also spent a number of years on conditions of confinement work, engaging in impact litigation and training to improve conditions for incarcerated people with physical and developmental disabilities and mental health issues and those most at risk of sexualized violence. 

Sia serves on the Board of Directors for Mount Tamalpais College (formerly the Prison University Project) at San Quentin State Prison (the country’s first, tuition-free and independently accredited college situated inside a prison). She also founded the Hood Exchange to introduce formerly incarcerated, Black communities to international travel throughout the African diaspora. Sia graduated from Harvard Law School and Duke University.