Host organization: Human Rights Defense Center
Galen Baughman will work to end the indefinite detention of young people in Virginia who are branded by the state as irredeemably dangerous “sexually violent predators.”
Baughman was imprisoned for nine years—a term beginning when he was just a teenager—and spent four and a half years in solitary confinement. After winning his release in an historic civil commitment trial, he spent two years as the director of communications at International CURE, a grassroots advocacy organization, where he focused on policy analysis, direct advocacy, and messaging strategies. A sought-after public speaker and widely respected campaign strategist on issues related to sex offense policy and public safety, Baughman has worked with advocates around the country to build movements against mass incarceration. He was selected for the inaugural cohort of JustLeadershipUSA’s Leading with Conviction Training, a national initiative that builds the capacity of formerly incarcerated people with proven leadership ability. Baughman also serves on the board of directors for the Center for Sexual Justice.