Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Emily Baxter

2013-15 Robina Fellow

Emily Baxter, Robina Institute Fellow (2013-15), is the founder and executive director of We Are All Criminals. Prior to this, she served as the Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at the Council on Crime and Justice (CCJ), where she developed and simple, implemented CCJ’s public policy agenda, services for individuals with criminal records, and education of employers to promote the hiring of individuals with criminal records. Before joining CCJ, Baxter worked for the Regional Native Public Defense Corporation, representing indigent Anishinabe men, women, and children of the Leech Lake and White Earth Bands of Ojibwe charged with crimes in Minnesota State court.

We Are All Criminals (WAAC) is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization inspiring empathy and igniting social change through personal stories of crime, privilege, justice, and injustice, disrupting the barriers that separate us. Combining art and advocacy, WAAC weaves criminal justice statistics and statutes with compelling photography and first-person narrative to demonstrate the destruction caused by decades of mass criminalization, while leaving people with a sense of hope and inspiration to affect change. Through WAAC, Baxter travels across the country, meeting and collaborating with stakeholders and changemakers in criminal justice reform. She began developing We Are All Criminals through an Archibald Bush Foundation Fellowship in 2012. 

During her fellowship, Baxter focused on the collateral consequences of criminal and juvenile records with the goal of fostering dialogue and rethinking of society's concepts of crime, criminality, and redemption.

Baxter is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas School of Law.  She now lives in Durham, North Carolina.

We Are All Criminals | Emily Baxter | TEDxUNG

Emily Baxter: "We Are All Criminals" | Talks at Google