Lorena Acevedo Rodas- Latin America Project Coordinator

Colombian reporter and Visual Anthropologist who graduated from the University of Barcelona. She has worked as a reporter for different news outlets and media companies in her country and she currently works in the investigation and realization of documentaries specifically and Cultural Affairs management more broadly. 

She joined Project Attica initially in the development of visual memories and workshops in New York City and later she coordinated the first Colombian artivist workshop with youth in vulnerable populations with the help of local community leaders. 

Her primary interest lie in the work of communities, investigation through social photography, theater, education through art and audio visual as tools that support processes, knowledge, and information. 

She currently is working on a documentary project related to memory and conservation of cultural heritage related to the music where she grew up. 

Angela Torregoza, Web & Social Media Development

Angela Antonia Torregoza (Web and Social Media Development) was born and raised in the Philippines. She is a graduate of CUNY School of Law and is the founder of LegalEase.us, a boutique law firm providing services in immigration and small business support.

Prior to joining Project Attica, Angela served as the Executive Director of the theater and performing ensemble, Kinding Sindaw, resident artists at LaMaMa ETC, where her advocacy work focused on educating the public about the culture, traditions and the plight of the indigenous peoples of the Philippines and its interplay with the Philippine diaspora. 

Contributing as @venusinorbit, Angela writes about the intersection of law, art and social justice on 12ozProphet, an online magazine featuring articles, pictures, and interviews related to graffiti and street art. In her free time she writes and posts about art and social justice on her personal blog, on Instagram and on Buzzfeed.

Samantha Seda, Adolescent and Juvenile Justice Liaison

Samantha Carmen Seda (Adolescent and Juvenile Justice Liaison) was born and raised in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  She is a graduate of CUNY Law School and is currently a Senior Trial Attorney for the Adolescent Intervention & Diversion project which she began in Queens County at The Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Division.

Prior to joining The Legal Aid Society, Samantha was an administrative law judge for the State of New York where she focused on worker’s compensation, welfare benefits and Medicaid.  Prior to that, she worked in conjunction with in house counsel for The Miracle Makers, a non for profit organization based in Brownsville, Brooklyn where she provided needed assistance to the community on various issues focusing on poverty law.

 

Antony Posada, Founder & Art Programming Director

Anthony Posada (Founder and Art Programming Director) was born in Miami and raised in Medellin, Colombia and Queens, New York City.  He is a graduate of CUNY School of Law and is currently a staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society where he works in the Community Justice unit working with community organizations and their participants throughout the five boroughs in legal representation and educational training in a variety of areas in the law. 

Anthony started Project Attica in 2010. After being targeted in his Jackson Heights neighborhood under the stop and frisk regime of the Bloomberg administration, Anthony decided to make art in order to spread awareness, create solidarity, and to empower underserved youth. 

Additionally, Anthony wanted to take a proactive stance against the crisis of mass incarceration by making social justice themed t-shirts which intentionally challenged viewers into questioning the state of mass incarceration, racism, oppression, and police-based violence in our society.

Anthony is a deep believer that art is a non-violent means of transforming our environments and this is the message he shares with workshop participants. 

 

John Kalinowski, Treasurer

John Kalinowski (Treasurer) is a public defender with the Legal Aid Society in Queens. As a public defender, John passionately represents indigent clients who are being accused of criminal offenses. 

John is vehemently against mass incarceration. He is dedicated to raising awareness about mass incarceration, and hopes contribute to the downfall of this ineffective, destructive criminal "justice" tactic. 

Currently, John is the treasurer of Project Attica, and helps lead workshops. He strongly believes in using art as a mechanism to advocate for social justice issues. John is honored to help empower students and community groups through the artivist and know-your-rights workshops.