Keila Pulinario is a criminal justice reform advocate and caterer, who uses her personal experience as a survivor of violence and long-term incarceration to inform her work.
She has presented on issues of gender-specific prison conditions, solitary confinement, and reentry for a wide range of audiences and venues, including Columbia University, Union Theological Seminary, New York Law School, Cardozo Law School, CUNY Law School, and SUNY Purchase, and has been featured in various media including BuzzFeed and The Village Voice. Since returning home after 20 years of incarceration, Keila has divided her time between her double passions of culinary arts and activism.
She is the founder and owner of Chi Chi’s Kitchen, a catering company that primarily serves organizations in the social justice movement. Keila is featured in the documentary film, What I Want My Words to Do to You, about Eve Ensler’s writing workshop at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, New York’s maximum security prison for women, and has been featured in various press including BuzzFeed News. Keila was a Fellow with the Women & Justice Project and continues to support their work.