Gabrielle Prisco is the Executive Director of Lineage Project, which brings mindfulness programs to incarcerated, homeless, and academically vulnerable youth to help them manage stress, build inner strength and resilience, and cultivate compassion. Lineage also trains organizations in the development of trauma-conscious, mindful cultures and practices.
In her TEDx talk “On Canaries, Love and Justice,” Gabrielle explores how children serve as an early warning system for societal dysfunction, and how grief and meditation transformed her understanding of justice and love. She is curious about how mindfulness and core tenets of compassion, love, and interconnectedness can shape public policy.
For thirteen years, Gabrielle has championed young people in the justice and foster care systems. Her prior work as an advocate was instrumental to NY City Council laws mandating justice data transparency; increased community input into & state oversight over NYC’s youth justice system; increased internal monitoring of restraints inside detention facilities; and protections for LGBTQ youth.
Gabrielle previously served as Director of the Juvenile Justice Project at the Correctional Association of NY; a Legal Aid attorney for children in child abuse and neglect, and juvenile delinquency cases; the William J. Brennan Fellow at the ACLU (First Amendment law); and the Derrick Bell Fellow at NYU Law (constitutional law teaching).
She holds a J.D. cum laude from NYU School of Law (Arthur Garfield Hays Fellow), an M.A. from the University of Alabama, and a B.S. magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University (Posse Scholar).
Gabrielle authored When the Cure Makes You Ill: Seven Core Principles to Change the Course of Youth Justice (56 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 1413), outlining the tenets of youth justice transformation.
Gabrielle is also writing an epic, shape-shifting novel exploring four generations of women facing spiritual crises. Moving through time, space, and narrative point of view, the characters – who inhabit both earth and spirit side—search for meaning, faith, and connection as they navigate immigration, loss, world wars, fertility, sexuality, gender roles, and their own deaths. They find messages and comfort in roosters, bodhisattvas, the tarantella, and each other.