Litigation is not the only way to support and empower those who have been directly impacted by systemic racism. Storytelling is a powerful tool that humanizes statistics on such issues. Through its storytelling initiative, the Justice Lab aims to honor and amplify the experiences of directly-impacted people, engage the community, and inspire involvement in local police reform efforts.

In addition to catalyzing social change, storytelling aids healing—as recovery often begins with reconstructing the impact of trauma. Finding a personal narrative can help bring self‑awareness, closure, and a sense of connection with the community.

All are encouraged to read and reflect on the following personal narratives from communities across Louisiana.

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