Elia Johnson joined BDS in November of 2014 and is excited to be part of the Brooklyn Adolescent Representation Team.
Elia graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work in May 2014 with a Master of Science in Social Work with a concentration in public policy and a minor in law. While working on her master’s degree Elia interned at the Brooklyn Family Defense Practice advocating for parents involved in the Brooklyn Family Court. She also interned with the Queens Human Trafficking Intervention Court, one of the first prostitution diversion courts in New York State.
Prior to graduate school, Elia worked with the Correctional Association of New York’s Prison Visiting Project, which monitors conditions in New York State prisons and advocates for systemic change. She has also worked as a research assistant, interviewing criminal justice involved individuals, with both the Center for Court Innovation and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Elia holds a B.A. in Psychology from Barnard College and hails from Rockland County, New York. Elia is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Police Reform Organizing Project.