Catherine Jones joined the CFSY team in January of 2020 and serves as the Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network (ICAN) Leadership Development and Support Coordinator. In this role, she works closely with the ICAN Coordinator to support members of the network—particularly the women. Catherine acts as a a mentor and first-responder to ICAN members as they transition into their new lives. She is also a spokesperson for the CFSY and ICAN in the media, and speaks to groups throughout the country in support of our public education and advocacy efforts.
Catherine, herself, is a formerly incarcerated youth. Incarcerated at the age of 13 for murder, she was not released until the age of 30. She spent her time incarcerated educating herself and came home with a degree and several certifications, including one for certified law clerk. Under the supervision of Fresh Start Ministries, she designed and taught a curriculum for abused women focused on emotional healing and building self-confidence. Her experiences with the penal system as a child sparked a passion inside of her to be a voice for those she left behind and for the ones who will come after her.