Jennifer Toon is the Project Director of Lioness Justice Impacted Women’s Alliance, where she uses her 27 years of system involvement as both a juvenile and an adult to help end the incarceration and systematic devaluing of girls and women in the Texas criminal legal system. She also works at the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities as the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) policy fellow, where she strives to create state policies that lead to better support for youth and adults with disabilities in the criminal legal system. Jennifer serves as the community advisor for the Texas After Violence Project and has studied journalism at The University of Houston.
As a freelance writer she has published work with The Guardian, The Marshall Project, and the Texas Observer. Jennifer believes that narrative lies at the heart of effective advocacy and aspires to use her lived experience to bring attention to the often-forgotten voices of other system-impacted women, youth, and people with disabilities.
She lives in Austin, Texas, with her cat Taylor, who embodies the mischievous energy of Taylor Swift.