[Founder of the Ladies of Hope Ministries]
Topeka K. Sam is the founder of The Ladies of Hope Ministries – The LOHM – whose mission is to help disenfranchised and marginalized women transition back into society through education, empowerment, spiritual development. Ms. Sam is also a member of The National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls also known as “The Council.” While in federal prison, Topeka began to develop and envision the concept for the organization. Ms. Sam established the program only a few short months after her release in May of 2015 with the help of The Eleanor Moody-Shepherd Resource Center for Women in Ministry and has gained considerable awareness for the organization. Topeka has participated in several panel discussions including #FreeHer Justice Advocacy Conference, which was held at Harvard University in Aug. 2015. As organizer of the Real Women Real Voices Symposium, she will continue to take the conference nationally to bring awareness around advancement in policy for women in incarceration. Topeka is also the host of “The Last Mile: Second Chances” on SiriusXM Urban View channel 126.
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