CIC Team

Amber Lozoya is currently an undergraduate student at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, majoring in Sociology/Anthropology and minoring in Cross-Cultural Studies. Amber plans to continue education by getting a masters degree in Social Work to continue working at nonprofits that focus on aiding inmates and formerly incarcerated people. Because of my multi-cultural identity I am interested in the intersections that affect the prison system and I want to learn about improving the justice system.

Chanelle Grosbard is a rising senior at Macalester College majoring in Political Science and minoring in both Educational Studies and French. Her work at CIC began in the summer of 2022 after a semester abroad in France, where she worked alongside a local organization that provides support to families and residents in a largely immigrant community. Currently, she is working on the development and evaluation of CIC’s family program. After graduating, Chanelle hopes to obtain a graduate degree in educational policy and social change, and would ideally like to continue nonprofit work which helps youth and their families, specifically working to end the school-to-prison pipeline.

Chelli Riddiough interned with CIC in 2018 and returned full-time in 2022 to manage its family program. She received her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the University of Minnesota and her BA in Philosophy from Williams College. Her projects at CIC include connecting families with free opportunities for youth, working with the YMCA and the Loppet Foundation on summer camps, and seeking out new partnerships to grow and strengthen our community.

Claire Stobb has been a legal researcher at CIC since the spring of 2020. She began her research on incarceration and re-entry as an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota, where she studied Sociology, Policy Analysis, Public Health, and Spanish. Claire’s recent projects at CIC include the development of a Continuing Legal Education podcast series for judges, lawyers, and other legal professionals, focusing on the consideration of children in the sentencing process. In the fall of 2022, Claire plans to attend law school.

David Smith is an experienced music producer, sound engineer, film scorer, and musician from Woodbury, MN. He is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota studying Business and Marketing Education. He has worked on music for Billboard-charting and Grammy-winning artists, as well as producing podcasts for a variety of clients. Driven by his strong passion for greatness, he takes pride in being there to serve in any way you ask, with excellence and enthusiasm.

Elyse Hatch-Rivera is a rising senior at Macalester College, majoring in Political Science with a concentration in Legal Studies. At Macalester, she is a member of the Women’s Soccer team and organizes a BIPOC student athlete collective. In addition, at Macalester Elyse has been researching the 100-Mile Border Zone and its carceral logic. In 2021, she also worked with COPAL to implement a media initiative for the 100-mile border zone. Through this project and her time at Macalester, Elyse has developed interest in the contradictions between critical carceral studies and traditional theories of securitization and their effects on Latinx personhood. This summer Elyse will be working as a legal research intern for CIC on their Prison Nursery Project.

Jessy Rehmann is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, majoring in Journalism and Global Studies with minors in Spanish Studies and Teaching English as a Second Language. She has a long history of working for children of all ages. For six years she was an instructor for summer theatre classes, and for one year she was an assistant teacher at a daycare. She also has been a volunteer assistant teacher for adult ESL classes at Open Door Learning Center in Minneapolis. Her main academic interest is human rights and justice in Latin America. In the fall of 2022, she plans to intern at a grassroots human rights organization in Ecuador. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career in journalism, reporting on social issues.

Julia Lucas is a junior Sociology and Fine Art major at Northwestern University. She has a background in healthcare advocacy with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and has spent time working with children in after-school arts programs and as a camp counselor. She is passionate about providing young people with opportunities to express themselves and find community. She will be working as an intern with the family program this summer.

Karsen Melgard is a law student at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Karsen first became interested in public interest law in college when she interned at the San Diego (CA) Office of the Public Defender. During her first year of law school, she worked with the Alliance for Children’s Rights, based out of Los Angeles (CA), conducting research and drafting memos in support of the Alliance’s mission to advocate for the rights of vulnerable children, young adults, and families impacted by foster care. After graduation, Karsen plans to work in the government sector and hopes to continue advocating for children and families through meaningful legal and policy change.

Margaret Hinson is a law student at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Margaret first worked with CIC in 2018 as an undergraduate at Macalester College, and her work here helped confirm her interest in pursuing a legal career in public interest law. Through her current work with Innocence Rights of Orange County, she knows of the profound harm that can be caused by the criminal legal system. Margaret plans to return to Minnesota upon completion of her law degree to work as a public defender.

McKenna Haas graduated in May of 2021 from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities with a B.A. in Biology, Society, and Environment and minors in Spanish, Public Health, and Health Psychology. She started working with CIC in the spring of 2021 and is helping to produce the soon-to-come international prison nursery podcast. McKenna’s personal experience with parental and familial incarceration helps to fuel her commitment to and compassion towards children impacted by caregiver incarceration. In the fall of 2022, McKenna plans to continue pursuing her passion for health and well-being advocacy by getting a master’s degree in public health with a focus on environmental health sciences and global public health.

Olivia Hudson is a senior at Macalester College majoring in Political Science and Sociology with a concentration in Human Rights and Humanitarianism and a minor in Environmental Studies. Olivia has been at CIC since the summer of 2021 and has been working on the upcoming International Prison Nursery podcast. She worked alongside a New York based organization that provided reentry support and shelter for those formerly incarcerated, influencing her interest in helping those impacted by the carceral system. Throughout her time at Macalester, Olivia has developed interests in social work, childhood studies, and energy justice. After graduating, Olivia hopes to continue working with nonprofits that support incarcerated individuals.

Socorro Topete is a Masters of Human Rights candidate at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. She is studying Crime, Law, Justice & Migration and is passionate about social justice, equality, and freedom. She often spends her time doing research on issues such as gender-based violence, prison/detention center reform/abolition, migrant rights, and human rights. Socorro has worked on several awareness projects for a domestic violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking and gender based violence crisis center she was employed at during undergrad where she also worked on outreach, research, and prevention strategy projects. Socorro is devoted to encouraging community led activism and keeping wrongdoers in power, accountable. She hopes to bring light to the realities that marginalized communities face each day. After graduation Socorro hopes to continue her career as a researcher and journalist and persuade policy that will support transcendent change in our communities.