White River Junction, VT
Rachel is a criminal defense attorney & criminal justice reform activist. She works as a public defender in White River Junction. While originally from Hawai’i, Rachel now calls the Upper Valley home. She became involved as a volunteer with Rights & Democracy in 2017 shortly after graduating from Vermont Law School. Rachel is a leader with RAD’s Decarcerate Vermont, which is aimed at ending the unnecessary incarceration of Vermonters and combating the failed “war on drugs.” Decarcerate is working to reform the cash bail system, expand access to substance abuse and mental health treatment, support safe injection facilities (SIFs) and medication assisted treatment (MAT) programs, and increase funding for reintegration programming and housing for formally incarcerated persons.