The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is pleased to announce that Kara Gotsch, a 15-year veteran of campaigns to protect vulnerable prisoners and to limit extreme punishments, will join its staff as the Director of National Programs.
Ms. Gotsch joins the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP) after serving over six years as the Director of Advocacy for The Sentencing Project, where she led their successful federal effort to pass the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. The law reduced the draconian 100-to-1 crack and powder cocaine sentencing disparity. Prior to joining The Sentencing Project, Kara oversaw media outreach and advocacy for the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project. She ended her tenure there by bringing international attention to the issue of prisoner rape in Texas in conjunction with an ACLU lawsuit.
In her position with NCADP Ms. Gotsch will work with state affiliates and national partners to continue the momentum toward eliminating the death penalty in the U.S. Kara will serve as the campaign manager for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s 90 Million Strong Campaign, a multi-year effort to mobilize the millions of Americans who oppose the death penalty and win abolition in more states.
“We are so very pleased to have Kara join our team at this critical moment for the organization and the movement,” said Diann Rust-Tierney, NCADP Executive Director. “Kara brings a wealth of practical experience and passion to this all important new position.”
Kara holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and did her undergraduate work in Political Science at Binghamton University.
“I can think of few struggles more important than those that confront life and death,” said Ms. Gotsch. “I am honored to join NCADP and the vibrant abolition movement to ensure the United States justice system becomes more fair and humane.”
Ms. Gotsch will join NCADP on October 15, 2013.
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is the nation's oldest organization dedicated to the abolition of the death penalty. We are comprised of an extensive network representing more than 100 state and national affiliate organizations and thousands of advocates and volunteers. Our members include families of murder victims, people across the political and religious spectrum, past and present law enforcement officials and prominent civil and racial justice organizations working to end the death penalty forever.
In January 2014, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty launched the 90 Million Strong Campaign to partner with and mobilize a growing number of national organizations and individuals who believe that it is time for the death penalty to end.