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DeVitta Briscoe

DeVitta Briscoe is the Survivor Network Coordinator at the Public Defender Association, where she is building communities of healing and support for crime survivors most commonly affected by violence, including young people of color, and elevating those voices in policy discussions for public safety and criminal justice transformation.  DeVitta draws on her personal experience as a survivor of multiple forms of violence and her professional experience providing intervention, and frontline support for youth of color to reduce gun violence, ensure police accountability, and empower grieving families. She is the founder of the McCaney Project, an organization DeVitta started after she lost her son Donald McCaney to gun violence in 2010. She has also partnered with the Tacoma’s Gang Reduction Project to launch Gun SafeT: “Lock and Unload,” a City of Tacoma initiative to help raise awareness and bring safety education around firearm use, and with Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carrol’s campaign "A Better Seattle," which was aimed at ending youth violence.  

In February 2016, her brother Che Taylor was killed by Seattle Police and DeVitta began working on police reform, along with her brother André Taylor who is the founder of Not This Time.  She gathered signatures for I-873 and then I-940, regarding use of deadly force by police.  In January of this year, DeVitta was appointed to the King County Inquest Review Committee, to ensure officer-involved shootings are a more fair and transparent process. Her most recent position with Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) she worked as an education advocate helping teens involved with juvenile justice and their families navigate the education system. She is also trained to facilitate Restorative Justice-based healing circles, and the Alive & Free™ violence prevention methodology. DeVitta is a graduate of Evergreen State College.