Kelly Garcia-Chavez

Kelly Garcia-Chavez

Voting Rights Advocate

Justice Advisory Board, ACLU of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM USA

If you’ve been incarcerated, your path doesn’t define who you are today. It will never define that.


By Roadtrip Nation

Kelly Garcia-Chavez


My road in life has taken me all over.
I was sentenced as a juvenile and ultimately spent 18 years in prison.
When I first got to prison, I spent a lot of time in solitary confinement because I kept fighting and getting into trouble.
I finally changed my mindset, hit the books, and earned both my GED and a bachelor’s degree in psychology while in prison.
After realizing the injustices that were happening in prison, I began doing advocacy work from the inside to expose those realities.
I was released in 2014 and completed my parole successfully.
Now I’m involved with Millions for Prisoners and the ACLU of New Mexico to advocate for justices like voting rights for incarcerated people.


Voting Rights Advocate

I fight against injustices and advocate for voting rights for incarcerated people.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Upholding a Cause and Belief


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I can't tell people that I was formerly incarcerated. It's shameful and they'll judge me."

Challenges I Overcame

Formerly Incarcerated
Mental Health Issues

Interviewed By

Being Free

Being Free

Formerly incarcerated people find purpose