Site: https://www.jessiedunleavy.com/ Twitter: @JessieDunleavy Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jessiedunleavyauthor Inspired by all she learned through her son’s tragic death—learning that was furthered by the writing of "Cover My Dreams in Ink"—Jessie Dunleavy finds herself increasingly in the role of activist. In opposition to the failed war on drugs, she is an advocate for drug policies based on science and human rights. She works to combat stigma and other impediments to humane and effective strategies to reduce the harms of drug use and to draw attention to needed reform. In coming to terms with the loss of her son Paul, the injustices he suffered, and the realization that his death was preventable, she found solace in the commitment of those whose advocacy preceded hers. Grounded in science and dedicated to justice, these researchers, journalists, physicians, and human rights workers restored her hope, a hope that humanity and compassion could triumph over the criminalization and marginalization of those who suffer. Beyond lending her voice through opinion editorials, speaking engagements, broadcast interviews, and social media, she has joined forces with like-minded groups at the national, state and local levels including the Drug Policy Alliance and the Maryland Harm Reduction Action Network, and she lobbies for her cause within the Maryland General Assembly. Jessie Dunleavy was a school administrator for thirty years. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science and served as an academic librarian for nearly a decade at the outset of her career. She lives in her hometown, Annapolis, Maryland.Read more Read less
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