Felicia A. Henry is Doctoral Student in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. Her research interests include race, ethnicity, criminal justice, resilience, disasters, community, and social support systems. Previously, Felicia was a Program Manager for Diversion and Reintegration at the New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, where she oversaw the implementation of an array of effective diversion, re-entry, and gender-specific programming that served individuals leaving New York City's jails every year. Prior to that, Felicia was the Restorative Justice Social Worker at the Brownsville Community Justice Center, a project of the Center for Court Innovation. In that capacity, Felicia oversaw the Brownsville Youth Court program, Alternative to Incarceration programming, provided individual services to justice involved youth, and managed restorative practice initiatives.
Felicia is the founder of Behind the Walls, Between the Lines (BTWBTL). Behind the Walls, Between the Lines (BTWBTL) is a movement to deepen the awareness of the legacy of racial inequity in America, particularly within the criminal justice system, and inspire activism aimed at its dismantlement. BTWBTL uses spoken word and other artistic mediums as a platform to tell stories, reclaim narratives, and activate the power of those directly impacted to catalyze change. Felicia has taught creative arts in maximum-security prisons in Uganda, Africa, as well as worked directly with populations impacted by the justice system—men, women and young people formerly and currently incarcerated, and communities impacted by historical and racial trauma.
Although born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Felicia Henry has strong ties to her Caribbean roots. A Temple University alumna, Felicia received her Master of Social Work degree from the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Her background in both social work and criminal justice gives her the language to describe her own personal experiences and pushes her to use her platforms to share the stories of those impacted by racial injustice, especially to those who consider racism to be over, are averse to having discussions about racial justice, are not within the black and brown community, and/or are not well versed in racial justice principles.