Ifetayo Harvey's father was sentenced to 15 years in prison for cocaine trafficking when she was just 4 years old. Even though he only served half of his sentence, he was subsequently deported to his home country of Jamaica, leaving his daughter without a father figure for the majority of her life.
"I struggled with depression and feelings of rejection and shame for a long time," Harvey said. "I also had a hard time trusting people for a while. I feared being abandoned by friends or my family because of what happened with my father... To some extent, we all assume things about people based on their familial background, but I think that stigma happens when we take the personhood from the offender. We don't consider the families in the sentencing in our courts, and that's a problem."
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