Interview of Ash Stephens

Ash recounts growing up in a southern Bible Belt community. He details his journey from Georgia to Chicago where he completed his higher-level education and met his “chosen family.” Ash is currently the Manager of Bail Operations at Brooklyn Bail Fund in New York, an organization that fights for people of color against the criminal justice system. He shares of his plans to acquire a PhD in Criminology and hopes to specialize in public surveillance of queer and trans people in society.

Date of Interview:

November 18, 2021

Location of Interview:

Soho, Manhattan

Place of birth:



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Interviewed by

Red Schulte

Summary by

David U. Ibeneme