Joie Lou Shakur is a Black trans immigrant from Jamaica. Their pronouns are they/them/their. Joie Lou is currently a Tzedek Fellow at Our VOICE: Buncombe County’s Rape Crisis Center, and has worked to develop a sexual violence prevention curriculum and the Black Healing Circles for Black survivors at the intersection of sexual violence and racial trauma. They believe that restorative justice practices are central to healing from trauma and rebuilding within Black communities. Joie Lou is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been a grassroots community organizer in North Carolina since 2013. They organize with Southerners on New Ground (SONG), a regional Queer Liberation organization made up of people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class, and rural LGBTQ people in the South. They also serve as the Healing & Safety Co-chair for the Durham, NC chapter of BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100). After Tzedek, Joie Lou will begin a film apprenticeship and the official launch of House of Pentacles, a Black trans film training program and production house that Joie Lou founded. In addition, Joie Lou will continue their partnership with Our VOICE and the Black Healing Circles throughout the state of North Carolina.