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Smart Justice Campaign Director


Smart Justice



Monica Espitia is the Smart Justice Campaign Director at the ACLU of Hawai‘i. She oversees the affiliate’s integrated campaign aimed at ending mass incarceration in Hawai'i by combining community engagement, legislative, grassroots advocacy, organizing, communications, and legal strategies.

She has worked within the ACLU for nearly 15 years. From 2014-2018, she worked at the ACLU of Florida where she learned the importance of integrated advocacy by working with multiple ACLU departments. As the South Florida Regional Organizer, she built volunteer and coalition networks that helped pass the historic voter restoration amendment on the Florida 2018 ballot, with 64 percent approval, and restored the vote to nearly 1.4 million people. From 2005-2014, she served as Guardians of Liberty Donor Services Manager in the ACLU national office in New York City. Monica graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Criminology.

Monica was born in Bogota, Colombia and immigrated to South Florida as a child with her family. She is still guided by her parent’s values — work hard, be kind, stay true, be open and honest, move with purpose. Her passions are traveling, surfing, and social justice.