AFJ Instagram Live with Actor Richard Cabral 7/15 at 5pm EST

Together, the two are going to explore the experience of surviving childhood trauma and gang violence, and going back into their communities to try to rescue young people from those same perils.
         

JOIN US on Instagram Live tomorrow, July 15th, at 5pm EST for a conversation between Avenues for Justice (AFJ)'s Elsie Flores, and Primetime Emmy Award Nominated Actor and Gang Interventionist, Richard Cabral. 

 

Elsie--a former AFJ participant and current Court Advocate--and Richard share a similar story of growing up surrounded by gang violence, drugs, and trauma, and experiencing incarceration. 

 

Together, the two are going to explore the experience of surviving childhood trauma and gang violence, and going back into their communities to try to rescue young people from those same perils. 

Richard grew up in East Los Angeles and his childhood was saturated with violence and gang activity. After cycling in and out of jails and prisons from the age of 15 to 25, Richard was directed to Homeboy Industries, an LA based Gang Intervention program, where he began his rehabilitation. 

 

With the help Homeboy Industries, he began to act professionally and in 2015, he landed the roll of Hector Tontz in the mini-series American Crime. For this role, Richard was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor at the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards.

 

In 2016, Richard co-wrote a one man show called Fighting Shadows about his experience as a gang member and going in and out of prison. 

 

You can learn more about Richard's upbringing by reading his essay, The Evolution of a Gang Member

 

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Richard has used his platform to elevate the voice of the voiceless. Richard hosts weekly Instagram Live conversations leaders in criminal justice field, as well as indigenous leaders, artists, and activists.