Interview with James Figueroa


Lovinah Igbani-Perkins interviews James Figueroa, who now serves as a project facilitator at two treatment centers in Texas: one center for recovery coaching (dealing with formerly incarcerated individuals), and one mobilizing advocacy and advising for men still inside prison. Figueroa also finds jobs for the homeless. Figueroa tells a miraculous story of self-transformation after struggling with mental health issues and insecure family attachment all his life, compounded with the PTSD he suffered from six and a half years in prison. Almost all of his incarceration sentences were due to drug-related charges. Most prominent in this narrative is Figueroa’s testament to the importance of reducing stigma around mental health treatment.