Exodus & the Kalief Browder Foundation

Julio Medina and Akeem Browder, Brother of Kalief, partner in an effort to effect positive change in our justice system. 

Julio Medina (left) and Akeem Browder (right) at the 2017 Exodus Champions of Transformation Gala. 

Julio Medina (left) and Akeem Browder (right) at the 2017 Exodus Champions of Transformation Gala. 

As the Founder of Exodus, a person who has served time, and a member of the Lippman Commission - which released a detailed report on the recommendation to close Rikers - Julio Medina is both personally and professionally invested in the drastic reformation of our justice system.

Partnering with Akeem Browder, brother of Kalief, Exodus Transitional Community and the Kalief Browder Foundation are steadily working towards justice reforms in pre-trial detention, transitional services, and post-incarceration mental health. Akeem also serves as a Business Development Consultant, helping Exodus to expand our reach and deepen our impact. 


The Kalief Browder Story

Kalief Browder in 2014. Original photo by Zach Gross for the New Yorker.

Kalief Browder in 2014. Original photo by Zach Gross for the New Yorker.

On Saturday, May 15th, 2010, Kalief Browder - a 16 year old Bronx resident - was arrested for stealing a backpack he hadn't taken. Unable to afford the $3,000 bail, Kalief was put on a Department of Corrections bus to Rikers Island, where he would remain for the next three years. Most of those years were spent in solitary confinement in unbearable conditions. Insufficient excuses were given for the mounting delays of Kalief's case, and he was reprimanded for insisting that he go to trial to prove his innocence. When his trial finally arrived, Kalief was ruled innocent of having stolen the backpack three years before. Kalief was released, but the the trauma of incarceration had already caused irreparable emotional damage. On June 6th, 2015, Kalief took his own life, but his story lives on as a powerful and urgent message for change. 

To learn more about the life of Kalief Browder, watch the Spike TV series produced by Jay Z Time: The Kalief Browder Story.