Nicole Pittman is a Senior Fellow at Impact Justice. She is the nation’s foremost expert on the abusive practice of placing children on sex offender registries. Her 2013 Human Rights Watch report, “Raised on the Registry: The Irreparable Harm of Placing Children on Sex Offender Registries in the US,” draws upon over more than interviews documenting the social and emotional toll of subjecting children to this practice, and is the first comprehensive examination of this issue. She’s testified to over 30 state legislatures and Congress, and has successfully changed policies in a dozen states and on the federal level.
Nicole has seen how our most vulnerable children get caught in the crosshairs of legislation intended to combat crimes against children, and how this practice perpetuates the cycle of abuse. This led Nicole to think critically about how to move her work beyond fixing the existing system to addressing the root causes of sexual harm.
To this end, Nicole is now focused on challenging our punitive impulse; prioritizing healing, repair and accountability; and redirecting our resources to prevent sexual harm before it happens, specifically as it relates to child sexual abuse and child on child sexual harm. She will collaborate with a group of advisors with deep experience in prison abolition and transformative justice to develop the “Roadmap Initiative,” which she expects to unveil at the end of 2019.
During her time at Impact Justice, Nicole served as vice president and director of the Center on Youth Registration Reform. Before that, she worked as a juvenile justice policy analyst attorney at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. She was also an attorney at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, the New Orleans Public Defender Office, and the New Orleans Pro Bono Project. She received a J.D. from Tulane Law School and a B.A. from Duke University.