Proyecto Common Touch was co-founded by Ms.Tommy Escarcega who was a former CDCR prisoner and parolee and Mr. Robert Evans, a criminal defense attorney whom she met when, prior to Valdivia, she contacted him and he agreed to represent her pro bono in her own parole revocation matter. Ms. Escarcega is emblematic of working to strengthen the leadership and activism of those most affected. Together – she as one who identifies as having been most affected by the “system,” and he as one who has felt the frustration at witnessing the injustices done to his clients, they share a vision of PCT as a means to develop leadership of former CA female prisoner parolees, of those female prisoners still ensnared in CDCR, and to ultimately elevate the voices of formerly imprisoned to become facilitators of policy changes.