Amplifier for the Civic Voice
movement consultant • message strategist • legal observer training expert
Dr. Jill Humphries is a chess master at cyberorganizing. Dr. Humphries builds sustainable and comprehensive community legal support mechanisms – including lawyer representation, legal observation, and jail support – so people in distressed communities can exercise their constitutional rights. As a Baltimore Legal Defense Team member, she created a rapid response legal hub training over 300+ people to become legal observers. Dr. Humphries has served as an analyst for the Rand Corporation, where she conducted best practices research on welfare-to-work programs. In 2015, Dr. Humphries was honored by the National Lawyers Guild as Legal Worker of the Year for her groundbreaking work in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Dr. Humphries is a Global Health practitioner whose work is focuses on engaging communities to transform the conditions and circumstances of their lives. While serving as a Research Analyst in Zimbabwe for UMC General Board of Global Ministries, Dr. Humphries documented the role of U.S. foreign policy in Southern African hot zones and its impact on health care services to refugees and internally displaced persons. In 1991, she continued this work by successfully launching the Zimbabwe Community Health Project in Southern Africa. In this role, Dr. Humphries led an eight-member team, coordinated the needs assessment and led primary research activities between the team and Zimbabwe government officials, NGOs and private citizens.
Dr. Humphries earned her Doctorate in Public Administration from the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at University of Southern California. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Health and Bachelors of Arts Degree in Anthropology from the University California, Los Angeles, and a post graduate gender studies certificate from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. A nationally recognized analyst, scholar, and organizer who has served as consultant on legal, public administration, public health, and environmental initiatives in United States, Zimbabwe, and the Caribbean, Dr. Humphries brings strategic analysis to movement work. According to Dr. Humphries: “Decarceration must be planned and executed with strategic intentionality, sound data and compassionate expertise. Let’s do this!”
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
- “Black Lives Matter Clarion Call for Black-Led Legal Support: Is This a Turning Point for the NLG?” Guild Notes 40, No. 4 (Winter 2015), National Lawyers Guild.
- “Legal Observing in Baltimore: A Report.” New York City News, National Lawyers Guild – NYC Chapter, Spring-Summer 2015.
- “Seeing the World Through Nature’s Eyes” in Greening Africana Studies Rubin Patterson, Temple University Pres, 2015.
- “Resisting ‘Race’ Organizing African Transnational Identities in the United States.” The ‘New African Diaspora: Assessing The Pains and Gains of Exile. Edited By Isidore Okpewho and Nkiru Nzegwu. Indiana University Press, 2009.
- “Cyberorganizing United States Constituencies for Africa.” The Journal on Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, (5)3 (2006):163-195.