AQEELA SHERRILLS is a Strategist for Californian for Safety and Justice (CSJ), and Chapter Lead for the Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice (CSSJ) initiative, a nonprofit working to replace justice and prison system waste with common sense solutions that create safe neighborhoods and save taxpayer dollars. His primary focus with CSSJ is meeting the unmet needs of victims of crime, which includes healing, recovery and prevention. Sherrills in the Principal of the Reverence Project, a social profit agency he launched after the murder of his son to develop comprehensive wellness centers in urban war zone introducing those who suffer from high levels of trauma to alternative healing technologies. He also serves as the Public Safety Adviser to the City of Newark, NJ under the Honorable Mayor Ras J. Baraka. Aqeela serves on the board of the L.A.U.R.A, Fathers of Watts, The Center for Transformative Change, and Murder Victims Family for Reconciliation. He consults with violence intervention/prevention agencies locally, nationally and internationally. You can watch Aqeela in dozens of documentaries, film, radio and internet interviews, and will often find him keynoting at conferences from spirit center activism to Juvenile Justice reform.
Aqeela still lives in the Watts community and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org