Latishia James-Portis is the program manager for Move to End Violence, where she works at the intersection of community building, storytelling, and healing justice.
Most recently, Latishia was the assistant director of prevention and response at historic Spelman College, where she helped students navigate sexual misconduct and gender discrimination. Latishia’s prior service as a rape crisis counselor and hospital and abortion-clinic chaplain blossomed into Empathic Solutions — her consulting and counseling practice for people harmed by religious rhetoric and power-based violence. Her approach is trauma-informed and healing-focused, and steeped in womanist theology, experience as a Black queer woman, and reproductive justice work. Keen on innovating for more compassion, Latishia is also known as “Reverend Pleasure” and a founding member at O.School, a multimedia platform for shame-free sexual education.
Latishia is a Master of Divinity graduate from Pacific School of Religion and also holds a bachelor of arts from Villanova University in Human Services, which is where she first understood that she could be a healer beyond a medical professional and began advocating for the wholeness of women and girls of color. Her startup spirit and witness of presence reaches beyond the physical walls of “the church.”
In addition to her role at MEV, Latishia is also the vice president of the board at All-Options and an advisory board member for Engaging Georgia’s Faith Communities for Promoting Reproductive Health study. When she’s not talking about the trinity of sex, God, and social justice, ask her about the transformative power of good food and a shared meal, the latest book she’s reading, or meet her on the dance floor.