Dominque Jones-Johnson’s life and career reflect the core qualities of a change agent, visionary, and cycle breaker. Over the course of her life as a child with an incarcerated parent, Dominque has made her mark by intentionally uplifting black girls with parents in prison and developing them into advocates, policymakers, and grassroots activists to forever change lives, systems, and communities for good.
She is particularly passionate about enhancing the quality of life for girls with a parent in prison. In May of 2018, Dominque alongside her currently incarcerated dad, Charles Brown, Jr, created Daughters Beyond Incarceration (DBI). DBI is a nonprofit, boldly committed to dismantling the stigma against black girls with parents in prison. In under five years Dominque has raised over $600k in grants, worked with youth ages 8-18 to pass legislation that works to support all children In Louisiana impacted by parental incarceration and has provided services to over 150 girls in the city of New Orleans. She is boldly leading DBI’s vision -creating a future where Black girls who navigated parental incarceration to become narrative, policy and practice change makers within our city, state, and nation.
Dominque is a native New Orleanian and a graduate of Warren Easton Sr. High School. As an adult child with an incarcerated parent, she speaks on panels as an expert in the field of trauma due to parental incarceration. In December of 2017, Ms. Jones became a published author with her article in Loyola’s Law Review, titled: “When are you coming home: AN EXPLORATORY ESSAY CONFRONTING THE ISSUES INVOLVING CHILDREN WITH INCARCERATED PARENTS AND HOW TO BREAK THE CYCLE”. She received her undergraduate’s degree from Alabama State University on a full track and field scholarship and her master’s in human resource education with a specialization in Organizational Leadership from LSU.