Marina Golan-Vilella

Program Assistant, Domestic Policy

Marina Golan-Viella

Marina Golan-Vilella serves as a Program Assistant for Domestic Policy at FCNL. Marina works under José Santos Woss on mass incarceration issues and campaign finance reform (election integrity). She lobbies members of Congress for criminal justice reform, from police oversight to prisoner re-entry programs. Her responsibilities include researching legislator positions, writing policy briefs and updates, and conducting outreach to FCNL constituents.

Marina graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy. Before coming to FCNL, Marina completed internships in the Policy Office of the Governor of Rhode Island and the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). She has also worked for The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights as a research assistant studying best practices for LGBT youth in the juvenile justice system. In her 2½ years volunteering as a Health Leads advocate, Marina assisted English and Spanish-speaking families one-on-one with finding government and nonprofit programs to improve health and wellbeing.

Articles by Marina Golan-Vilella

Update Why SNAP Matters for Formerly Incarcerated People 

The House just passed a Farm Bill that will force at least two million people off of vital nutrition assistance by making harmful changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is a vital resource for many leaving prisons and jails and returning to communities.

Update Senator Grassley Conversation on Criminal Justice Reform 

This Tuesday May 22nd, Senator Chuck Grassley joined FCNL at the Quaker Welcome Center to share why he supports sentencing reform. Diane Randall, José Woss, Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition partners, and his Iowa constituents took part in the dialogue.

Background Fact Sheet: Police Militarization and the 1033 Program 

Learn more about the militarization of U.S. police, the Department of Defense's 1033 program, and FCNL's support for the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act.

Press Release 25 Faith Organizations Push for Sentencing Reform in the House Judiciary 

Twenty-five faith organizations sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee today calling for comprehensive criminal justice reform that includes sentencing reform.

Letter 60 Faith Organizations Call for the Senate Judiciary to Pass SRCA 

Today, FCNL and 59 additional faith organizations sent the following letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (SRCA).

Update Climate change is more than a security threat – it’s a reality for America’s prisoners 

On December 12 President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018. In it is a statement that reads: “Climate change is a direct threat to the national security of the United States.”

Press Release Virginia Faith Leaders Urge Rep. Goodlatte to Re-introduce Sentencing Reform  

On Monday November 13th, the Friends Committee on National Legislation convened local faith leaders in Lynchburg, Virginia to call on Rep. Bob Goodlatte to re-introduce his 2015 Sentencing Reform Act.

Update Senate Re-Introduces Sentencing Reform 

Senate sponsors, led by Senators Grassley (IA) and Durbin (IL), have re-introduced the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (SRCA).

Update Behind The Scenes, Work Continues on Criminal Justice Reform 

What Congress is doing – and needs to do – on criminal and juvenile justice.

FCNL is working as hard as ever to end mass incarceration. You might see less talk about it on the news or in Congress, but we know that criminal justice reform is still crucial.