Board Member of “A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing)” - a 501 (c) (3) Non Profit Advocacy organization - and Board Member of “Floridians For Recovery”, a recovery advocacy non-profit. Since moving to Florida she organized “The Suncoast Harm Reduction Project”. Julia is currently advocating for Naloxone access legislation in Florida.
Born in New York City, Julia went to high school in Santa Barbara, college in LA (art major), and ended up working in music industry in 60s. She was married twice to entertainers until her life was derailed by her own drug use. She knows the ravages of drug addiction well, as she lost both her mother and her sister to drug overdoses. Her youngest son has struggled with drug dependence for most of his adult life.
In personal recovery since 1985, she found a career in substance abuse counseling. She is a Certified Addiction Specialist since 1990, supervising and training residential addiction treatment staff for more than 2 decades. Beginning with her participation in the Los Angeles Overdose Task Force she has been active for more than a decade in advocating for changing our punitive drug policies, reducing stigma, and (since her own son’s incarceration) prison & sentencing reform. Her passion is harm reduction, decriminalization and ending the mass incarceration of drug offenders. Her goal is to move the issue of drug dependence out of the hands of law enforcement and courts - to the professionals who are best suited to work with Substance Use Disorder as a public heath issue. Julia is a co-founder of “Moms United to end the War on Drugs.”
She has two sons, one daughter, eight grandchildren an one great grandchild and lives in Venice, Florida