Portia is the Pratt Criminal Justice Transparency Fellow at the ACLU-NJ. Her work focuses on developing a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system across New Jersey through the collection and analysis of data that sheds light on corrections, policing, and the legal system in New Jersey. As part of the project, she strategizes and advocates for ways to make these data more readily accessible to the public.
Prior to joining the ACLU staff in 2016, Portia served as an instructor at St. Thomas Aquinas College and at Rutgers University, where she is pursuing a doctorate in sociology. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Urban Resource Institute, which provides comprehensive human services programs to empower and improve the lives of New York metropolitan area-based individuals and families experiencing domestic violence and homelessness. Portia is also an inaugural member of Newark’s newly formed Civilian Complaint Review Board.
Portia received her B.A. from Wellesley College, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark. In law school she served on the editorial board of the Women’s Rights Law Reporter. She has received a number of awards and fellowships, including the Deborah T. Poritz Public Interest Fellowship, an Education Pioneers Fellowship, an Equal Justice America Fellowship, and the Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship. She is broadly interested in issues of race, experiences of law, social control, and mobilization, and she has presented at a number of national conferences on these topics.