Trust building engagement means performing tasks or services within the community, inside institutions that allows individuals to regain the trust of the people around them. This has a psychological impact that builds hope, confidence and an emotional trust where formerly incarcerated men and women feel empowered by serving others. This in turns lead to leadership development.
Juanita (Nita) Watson is the President and CEO of Free Indeed Reentry Project, Inc FIRP. (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. She is a dedicated advocate for police accountability, prison reform and criminal justice system reform. She has coordinated and participated in local and national events and facilitated expungement clinics, job fairs, community legal night sessions, annual conferences, civil rights organization meetings, town halls and panel discussions. She travels back and forth across the country to fight for those who may feel hopeless and lift her voice for those who have no voice. Born in the early sixties in the Antelope Valley, Nita is a product of the civil rights era and is profoundly impacted and constantly motivated by the lives of tremendous civil rights luminaries such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nita is also the owner and operator of Free & Clear Expungement Assistance Services and assist convicted and formerly incarcerated individuals with adult expungement, juvenile sealing petitions, arrest record removal, DNA database removal requests and Certificate of Rehabilitation petition assistance. She serves as the Policy & Legislation Specialist at the NAN Los Angeles and serves on their Legal Team offering her expertise in clearing criminal histories.
Nita's credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, 30 plus years as an administrator in Corporate America.
Board of Directors
Sondra Wyrick * Deionici Young * Regina Crayton * Toi Johnson
La Para Jackson-Chandler a California native, known to friends and co-workers as "Jackson." Throughout the years La Para continual desire towards helping others using her unique style of humor and sincerity stands resilient today. However, it was an article from a 1961 Jet magazine where a man being convicted for stealing a $2.50 box of cookies and bail set at $10,000.00, this prompt La Para to become active in her community. She became active by becoming a volunteer at a local Project Head Start, Woodcrest Elementary School, Centennial Probations Department, and sitting in open adult and juvenile court hearings bringing much needed awareness in areas of law and consequences of breaking the law in the community.
In the summer of 1993 La Para enrolled into South West College by year 2000 received an AA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and 2004 an AA in Administration of Justice. In 2010 La Para received her Bachelor of Science degree from Springfield College, Springfield Massachusetts including making the Dean's List. After College, La Para proceeded to further her education in the fields of Parenting, Anger Management, Domestic Violence and Relationship Building. In 2010 La Para founded, Back-To-Basic Parenting a groundbreaking learning service for grandparents, teen parents and parents who are re-entering society after incarceration. Hence, La Para has combined her life experience, college education and wisdom in her efforts to helping others. Being a visionary La Para believes that ... " Its's Never Too Late Too Change" an expression she heard from the Timelist Group.