Freeing returning citizens and communities from the prison of stigma and ignorance

Founded in 2003, Mission to Mobilization’s mission is to empower individuals, communities and organizations so they can flourish, unburdened by negative perceptions and misinformation about returning citizens.

Our values are rooted in integrity, respect, spiritual advancement and effective philanthropic service for those in need.

Mobilizing individuals and communities toward greater freedom

The Mission to Mobilization team works to improve the reunification of returning citizens with more receptive communities upon release by offering services and tools for:

  • Prison and jail inmates

  • Returning citizens

  • Corrections specialists, employers, and nonprofit and community leaders

  • Community members, including members of faith communities

Mission to Mobilization is a nonpartisan organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, sexual orientation or for any other reason. While we believe that individual and community well being is rooted in spiritual well being, we work with people of all faiths or no faith. We welcome you to read our statement of faith here.


Sheila Murphy, Chief Mobilizer

Sheila has 20+ years of for and non-profit experience.  Her wealth of project planning, marketing and leadership development experience bears a trail of impacted lives.  Mrs. Murphy has a Master's in Church Administration and Biblical Studies, a Bachelors of Arts in Marketing and is a Licensed Minister.  

CEO of Mission to Mobilization L.L.C. and President of Released for Life! 501(c)3, Sheila authored "The MTM EXperience; simulating the life of a returning citizen" and  Resourced and Released; resourcing men & women released from incarceration. Other writing includes; "Love Letters to Him; 52 poems and essays inspiring intimacy with God" and "Kingdom Compass; do you know where you are going?"

Mrs. Murphy believes in the power of prayer for transformed lives of faith and work!  She blends her corporate, corrections, church and community experience to move individuals towards mission possible.
Sheila enjoys tennis, cooking, and the beach. She lives with her husband in the District of Columbia.


LeKeisha Ford

With a heart to comfort others with the comfort she has received (2 Cor.1:3-4), Lekeisha is dedicated to using her unique skills to serve others in a way that allows them to experience the love of Christ. She has over 10 years of combined experience in recruiting, training, marketing and technical software skills. By God’s grace she has received her Associates Degree in Business Management, Bachelors of Arts in Management Studies and a Masters of Arts in Pastoral Counseling.  She has a passion for returning citizens, their families and communities poised to support their reentry. Keisha enjoys beaching, shopping, and trying new restaurants.

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Marla M. Smith

This Takoma Park, MD native has over 20+ years of clinical research under her belt. Marla is committed to strengthen and support inmates, returning citizens and their families. She knows these challenges up close and fights for opportunities to help individuals regain respect, reputation and restoration while experiencing transition post incarceration.  This passion is coupled with her love and network in Divinity Discipleship of Sisters.  Marla’s hobbies include dancing and spending time with her family.

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Jeanette Mitchell

Jeanette has a genuine heart for people and prayer. She is most passionate about sharing the love of Christ to everyone. She loves anything involving creativity and uses her god-given talents in her business.  God's blessings enabled her to obtain a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Fashion Merchandising.  Jeanette's work as a returning citizen advocate comes from personal and spiritual convictions to impact law and policy. Jeanette loves to sew and utilizes this love in her business. She shares her personal testimony with everyone and desires to help unbelievers receive salvation through their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Antoinette “Tracey” Edwards

Sister Tracey has been a servant of the Lord for more than 20 years. She has worked with children in her local church as a Bible study and Sunday school teacher. Tracey is a licensed social worker and has dedicated her entire career to working with families and children. She is especially passionate about her work with women. Tracey has facilitated small group sessions with the sole purpose of helping to develop a sisterhood among women aimed to teach, encourage, and affirm one another to be God's best. Tracey enjoys reading, Do It Yourself (DIY) projects, and nature.

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Virginia Duncan

Virginia has the heart of a servant and the skills of a carpenter.  Her experience includes a career as a Benefits Manager and a Payroll Manager for a corporate law firm.  Virginia has a strong passion for justice and even greater compassion for marginalized and disenfranchised people. She has lived a life engaged in prison advocacy and reform and believes in the power of prayer for change.  In her spare time she loves to converse, travel, and cook.

"The histories of personal and social misfortunes that send individuals to prison in the first place persist well beyond their period of confinement, continuing to punish them, their families, and their communities for many years afterwards."

-Ernest Drucker, A Plague of Prisons