Michael Cox is an advocate for prison abolition and LGBTQ prisoners in Massachusetts. He is the administrator for the Massachusetts Bail Fund, where he and his colleagues secure the release of hundreds each month. As Director of Policy for the Boston chapter of Black & Pink, he cultivates state and federal legislation that reduces incarceration and improves conditions of confinement.
Michael was appointed by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office to serve on the Special Commission on the Health and Safety of LGTBQI Prisoners, tasked with investigating the correctional system. He is a board member for MassEquality and Fenway Community Health’s Institutional Review Board and he chairs the formerly incarcerated subgroup of the National LGBTQ and HIV Criminal Justice Working Group. Most recently, he became a member of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s HIV Advisory Board. Michael holds degrees in paralegal studies and business management. In 2018, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in political science at Clark University located in Worcester, MA, where he was also born and raised. In his free time he enjoys extended meditation retreats, world travelling, and hanging out with his nieces.