Emily Baxter, Robina Institute Fellow (2013-15), is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at the Council on Crime and Justice (CCJ). During her fellowship, Baxter will focus 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 responsible for development and implementation of 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, she 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.
In 2011, Baxter received a two-year Archibald Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship, during which she developed a documentary project called We Are All Criminals. In We Are All Criminals, participants recall crimes they committed for which they were never caught and consider how different their lives might have been had they acquired a publicly accessible record of the incident. The purpose of the project is to question what it means to be a "criminal" and challenge the value of a record in assessing character and directing policy, when truly we are all criminals.
Baxter is president-elect of the Minnesota Community Corrections Association, a former advisory board member of the American Bar Association’s National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction, and an executive member of the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition.