MEET DONNA HYLTON
Speaker | Author | Advocate | Thought Leader
Donna Hylton is a women's rights activist and criminal justice reform advocate. Donna speaks publicly about the issues facing incarcerated women and girls and the significant impact the significant increase in the female prison population is having on families, children and our communities.
Donna's own life took an unexpected and life-changing turn when as a child she was lured from Jamaica to the United States. Her memoir, 'A Little Piece of Light,' tells the story of the childhood abuse she endured, the spiral of events that lead to her incarceration and how she learned to live, love and trust all over again..
WHAT DONNA DOES
Since 2013, Donna has spoken to thousands across the United States regarding the end of mass incarceration, recidivism, and prison gender inequality. She frequently speaks at colleges, conferences, seminars, events and as subject matter expert for the media.
Through various social initiatives including her own organization, From Life To Life, Donna passionately advocates for women who have been victims of abuse & the criminal justice system.
Consulting services are available in criminal justice, juvenile justice, health and social issues. Donna is committed to working with clients to improve and increase knowledge and maximize efficiency. Her goal is to help address their biggest challenges while being sensitive to the issues.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"The treatment of each unique child is the measure of the state of the world. Donna Hylton was punished for being born female, black and brilliant — yet she survived to create her own life.'A Little Piece of Light' will tell you just how fragile — and how indestructible — the human spirit can be."
Gloria Steinem / writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer
"Donna Hylton’s story is both wrenching and life-affirming, and essential to anyone who cares about women, safety and justice."
Piper Kerman / author of the highly acclaimed book Orange is the New Black
"Donna Hylton is a light warrior, an inspiration, a survivor, a profound storyteller, and an important teacher for our times."
Elizabeth Gilbert / New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic
“Donna has the remarkable ability to turn pain into power "
Rosario Dawson / Activist & Actress
“I have known Donna for 20 years, and in that time I have watch Donna become the model of transformation. A true leader; an example of someone who has not only turned their life around but who has made it her mission to make her own transformation a collective transformation.."
Eve Ensler / Playwright, Activist & Founder of V-Day