Justice Reform

I’m a proven fighter for justice reform. The time has come to redefine public safety and reclaim our civil rights.

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Climate Justice

The climate crisis poses an existential threat to Florida. We must embrace science and protect our water, homes, tourism industry, and agriculture.

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Healthcare

As a cancer survivor, I believe healthcare is a human right. I support Medicare for All and medicine that is affordable, equitable, and accessible to everyone who needs it.

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Economic Opportunity

No matter how hard they work, many Floridians can’t catch up. It’s time to make living wages and equitable opportunities a reality for everyone.

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Education

Education has the power to open the doors of opportunity, and every child, regardless of zip code, deserves access to a quality education. The stakes are too high for us to not level the playing field.

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Affordable Housing

Housing is a human right. We can increase affordable housing for Florida through federal investments in infrastructure while we close income gaps and abolish predatory practices.

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Gun Violence

In 2020, over 41,000 Americans lost their lives to gun violence. My integrative public safety plan confronts domestic violence, mental healthcare, and deadly loopholes to save lives.

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Immigration

Our country should be a safe space and land of opportunity for immigrants, refugees, and guest workers who arrive with dreams of a better life. Our fight for justice must include legislation that protects their human rights and provides a path to citizenship.

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Justice Reform

The pursuit of justice has defined my lifelong commitment to public service. My work for Florida began more than a decade ago and has resulted in some of the boldest reforms in the U.S.

During 15 years as a State Attorney, prosecutor, and public defender, I witnessed the tragic outcomes of inequality and stood up to those who uphold it. In addition to opposing the death penalty, my track record includes releasing a list of Florida police officers whose credibility was deemed questionable (known as a Brady List), and leading the charge on bail and sentencing reform. I introduced innovative diversion programs that prevented protesters for racial justice from being jailed and helped juveniles turn their lives forward rather than becoming locked into the penal system. My husband, David, and I have been champions of restoring voting rights to those disenfranchised by the criminal justice system. After recognizing the impact of the pandemic on victims of domestic violence, I helped break ground for the expansion of victims’ services in Florida and spoke nationally about connections between police brutality and domestic violence.

Our justice system should work for all of us. Repairing trust in our public safety institutions is possible, but only when we hold them to equal account as citizens, starting with the following measures:

  • Demilitarize the police
  • Halt qualified immunity
  • Raise policing transparency with a national Brady List
  • Enact national de-escalation standards
  • Adopt community policing models
  • End cash bail
  • Stop pre-trial deportations
  • Implement alternative sentencing programs
  • Provide medical treatment for mental health crises and addiction
  • Implement conviction integrity standards to prevent wrongful convictions
  • Abolish the death penalty
  • Restore civil rights to those formerly incarcerated
  • “Ban The Box” from job, housing, and school applications so people with felony convictions can rebuild their lives.
  • Expand victims’ services
  • Improve protections for survivors including timely processing of evidence
  • Remedy multigenerational trauma through investment in social services
  • Pass life-saving gun violence prevention reforms
  • Safeguard the sacred right to vote so that every voice is heard

Wherever despair within our justice system is symptomatic of failed social safety nets, we have a duty to mend the fabric of our communities rather than tearing them further apart. Preceding factors like education, living wages, healthcare, and affordable housing are interdependent and must also be fixed for real change to be felt as well as seen.

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Climate Justice

Florida’s long-term success and quality of life depend on our legendary, beautiful waters, coasts, and lands. Everything from our vibrant tourism industry, to the food we grow for the country, to the safety of our homes, to our public health will be determined by impactful, federal action on the climate crisis if we are to avoid environmental and economic collapse.

In Congress, I’ll fight to ensure:

  • Clean, safe water is a human right
  • Climate change and science are taken seriously
  • Florida’s shoreline and tourism industry are preserved
  • Our citrus farmers and agricultural industry can survive
  • Residents and businesses must have protections from the financial devastation of increasingly severe tropical storms
  • Corporate polluters are held accountable
  • Low-income and communities of color are no longer ignored or left behind in the environmental justice conversation

Climate change threatens life as we know it, yet we have a tremendous opportunity to respond in a way that creates jobs, improves public health, and seeds long-term prosperity for Florida.

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Healthcare

For too many, healthcare is out of reach, and even those with insurance can be bankrupted by unforeseen emergencies. I support Medicare for All, penalties for price gouging of prescription medicines, and reforms like barring the seizure of people’s homes for medical debts.

The COVID-19 pandemic has only further demonstrated the need for universal healthcare. I am a firm believer that no one should be forced to choose between paying rent, putting gas in the car, and getting the care they need.

In Congress, I will fight to:

  • Pass Medicare For All
  • Make prescriptions affordable
  • Expand maternal healthcare
  • Defend reproductive freedom
  • Improve clinic access for underserved communities
  • End systemic racism and biases in medicine
  • Eradicate medical bankruptcies

Making healthcare affordable is only the start. With so many Black, brown, and poor white communities lacking nearby clinics, making facilities more accessible is essential. And since in areas without nearby hospitals, reproductive health clinics provide essential primary care, I’ll support legislation that promotes their expansion while ensuring that nothing impedes decisions that should be the private domain of women and their physicians.

We have an opportunity to repair healthcare for patients and frontline medical practitioners, not only at the point of payment but at every milestone from diagnosis through treatment. I will stand with my colleagues in passing legislation that advances healthcare expansion, and I’ll go further. I’ll also be working in the margins to identify structural and equality gaps and fill them with the high quality of care every Floridian deserves.

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Economic Opportunity

The U.S. is a prosperous nation where the dignity of work and the fleeting American dream that brought so many here are increasingly out of reach. Sadly, we have destructive concentrations of wealth that have stacked the deck against hardworking people. As a result, nearly half of all Central Florida families struggle to meet basic needs thanks to stagnated wages and the skyrocketing cost of living.

These realities make our communities weaker, not stronger. That’s why I will not hesitate to impose higher taxation on extreme wealth to counteract inequalities that place working families and communities of color at an unfair disadvantage. The widening inequality gap is not sustainable and calls for bold action.

In Congress, I am committed to:

  • Raising the federal minimum wage to reflect current costs of living
  • Supporting organized labor and collective bargaining
  • Creating jobs with infrastructure improvements and climate-first initiatives
  • Blocking exploitive financial products designed to short the working class
  • Expanding trades certifications and job placement programs to public education
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Education

I am determined to protect our public schools from defunding and make sure our children enter the job market not merely qualified for entry-level labor, but with the critical thinking skills and encouragement needed to compete, innovate, and promote true prosperity. We must act swiftly to forgive student loans, provide access to free community college, and block attempts to dismantle public education.

In Congress, I’ll always:

  • Challenge efforts to defund and privatize public education
  • Develop support — from nutrition to mental health to transportation — that ensures every student regardless of geography or background can succeed
  • Eliminate police brutality and unjust punishment in schools
  • Encourage alternative career paths by providing trades certifications and union apprenticeships in high school
  • Foster entrepreneurship and innovation, not needless busy work
  • Extend public education from K-12 to K-14 with free community college
  • Forgive student loans
  • Attract teachers with higher wages, better working conditions, and collective bargaining power

The outcome of defunding education is a national crisis. In urban and rural areas alike, communities are dismayed by public school closures, forced to either pay for private education or bus their children to locations far from home. Of course, these are not viable options for working-class families, and Black, Brown, and low-income white communities are hit hardest.

My work for education will start pre-kindergarten and extend through career readiness programs that cover universities as well as trades, apprenticeships, and certificate programs. We’ll expand our perceptions of what constitutes academic success to embrace the full spectrum of abilities and passions among our young people, and we will set them up to succeed.

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Affordable Housing

According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Florida is among the five states where residents struggle hardest to find an affordable place to live. Our state has a serious disparity between wages and the cost of housing. While wages have risen just 20% since 2012 housing costs have nearly doubled. Every night, thousands of elderly, disabled, and hardworking Floridians worry about losing their homes.

I’ll support wage increases and job-creating investments in Florida’s affordable housing infrastructure, and also take these direct actions to make sure our rental and homeownership prospects reflect the needs of Florida:

  • Redefine “affordable housing” to meet real-world needs
  • Increase low-income housing inventory and financial assistance
  • Crack down on abuses of federal funds that unfairly enrich developers
  • Enact harsh penalties for redlining and predatory lending
  • Back legislation that calls for mixed income developments
  • Close racial wealth gaps with financial support and credit restoration for first-time home buyers

An increase in affordable properties requires that we motivate developers to meet the needs of residents through a system of financial incentives and penalties. Service workers who are crucial to Florida’s pandemic recovery as well as the disabled and elderly are stretched to their limits by rental costs. Resolving this disparity is fundamental to Florida’s economic future.

Homeownership is essential to building multigenerational economic stability, and facilitating it must be a focus in any plan for sustainable economic and racial justice. Although redlining and predatory lending have historically been unfair obstacles, we have an opportunity now to restore the dream of homeownership for thousands of families. Federal lending programs must aggressively seek to repair and anchor businesses and stakeholders through the security that comes with ownership and a stable tax base. Economic recovery programs that place housing and homeownership at their centers will foster a surge of local legacy-building businesses, quality public education, and employment opportunities as natural secondary outcomes, making federal investment in affordable housing programs a key component of a just and sustainable future.

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Gun Violence

The pain of our national gun violence crisis hits close to home for me. As a teenager, I lost a dear friend when she was murdered by an abusive partner. Eradication of gun violence and advocacy for victims have been cornerstones of my life’s work ever since.

During 15 years as a public defender, prosecutor, and State Attorney I worked with gun violence survivors throughout central Florida and learned that thousands of deaths and injuries could be prevented by addressing intersecting core issues.

My plan for gun violence prevention uses an integrated, three-pillared approach that addresses them directly.

Pillar One: Public Health

  • Pass Medicare For All
  • Expand mental health and social services
  • Empower care providers to more effectively screen for domestic abuse
  • Facilitate partnerships between schools and healthcare providers
  • Increase available social services within schools and professional settings
  • Fund CDC research for effective detection and intervention strategies

Pillar Two: Domestic Violence

  • Continue to support and expand upon the protections afforded in the National Violence Against Women Act, especially preventing convicted abusers from owning firearms
  • Keep the “boyfriend” loophole closed so that regardless of marital status, victims of abuse are less likely to be murdered
  • Pass federal legislation to more effectively criminalize stalking and cyber-stalking
  • Fund social and mental health services that address multigenerational cycles of trauma for both victims and abusers
  • Expand wellness screenings within education and healthcare settings to detect domestic violence risk factors before escalation
  • Provide material support for victims who leave abusive relationships, including housing, childcare, legal, and financial transition services

Pillar Three: Ownership & Accountability

  • Challenge attempts by gun lobbyists to obstruct lifesaving research and policy implementation
  • Work with the majority of gun owners who support common sense regulations like universal background checks for firearms and ammunition purchases
  • Enable enforcement of existing firearms legislation by facilitating coordination of data and military service records across law enforcement agencies
  • Empower law enforcement to remove firearms from disqualified individuals
  • Raise federal age requirements for firearms purchases to at least 21
  • Expand on 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act to require private sellers to abide by same safeguards as commercial sellers
  • Adopt national legislation requiring safe, locked storage of firearms
  • Support President Biden’s bid to allow gun victims to sue gunmakers
    Ban civilian ownership of military-capacity weapons
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Immigration

America was built on the promise of refuge for the tired, the poor, the homeless and the “huddled masses, yearning to breathe free.” Our nation must continue to build on that promise, holding sacrosanct the human rights of those newly arrived.

Our success is driven by the innovation and ambitions of new Americans. Every immigrant, refugee and guest worker must enjoy legal and humanitarian protections. To achieve this, our immigration system will require an overhaul that purges draconian practices, like separating families, and instead, charts a path to citizenship and prosperity.

Guided by our shared values of compassion, justice, and inclusivity, we can pass long-overdue immigration reforms.

  • Stop imprisoning and separating families
  • Reunite families who have been torn apart
  • Define a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and immigrants
  • Develop economic inclusion programs in collaboration with the American Immigration Council, Department of Justice and Housing and Urban Development
  • Streamline the visa approval process for guest workers
  • Pass the Protect Immigration act, which decouples local law enforcement from federal customs and immigration agencies
  • Provide U visas to victims of crime and abuse
  • End pretrial deportations
  • Stop disproportionate detention of poor people, including immigrants, with the elimination of cash bail
  • Provide in-state tuition for immigrants and undocumented residents

Democracy should represent the evolving composition of our communities. Providing a path to citizenship gives every person a voice, encourages civic and economic participation, and revitalizes America with a fresh wave of ideas and determination.

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