Angelo Pinto

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Angelo Ricardo Pinto Esq (October 27, 1982) is an Afro-Latino entrepreneur, educator, activist, attorney,[1][2] organizer, policy strategist, political strategist, criminal justice expert, civil rights activist,[3] public speaker, and writer.[4][5][6][7] He is a senior strategist for Justice League NYC[8][7] and the co-founder of Until Freedom.[9]
Angelo Ricardo Pinto

Early life and education

Pinto was born to Dathonie Denise Pinto and Rafael Mauricio Pinto and was brought up in New York.[10][11] He completed his bachelor's in Criminal Justice and Sociology at Clark Atlanta University (2004) and later studied law at Cuny Law School (2008).[11][12][13] He was mentored by civil rights activist and professor Vincent Harding.

In 2000, Pinto was admitted to Norfolk State University,[14] and in 2009, he was admitted to the New York State Bar.


Pinto is the founding member and senior strategist for Justice League NYC,[10][8][7] a task force of juvenile justice and criminal justice advocates, artists and experts, and formerly incarcerated individuals, brought together under the banner of The Gathering for Justice, a social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte.[3][11]

He worked in conjunction with Michelle Alexander's campaign to end the new Jim Crow and led Prison-industrial complex teach-in at Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park.[15]

Pinto remained the Campaign Manager of the Raise the Age Campaign at the Correctional Association of New York,[11][16] which brought light to Kalief Browder and the Exonerated 5, formerly known as the Central Park 5. His work for the campaign was instrumental in changing the law in New York to ensure that 16 and 17 year-olds are not housed in jail with adults nor automatically charged as adults. Raise the age has been touted as one of the most important pieces of criminal justice reform in New York State history. This victory led him to visit the White House as part of National Youth Justice Awareness Month and Switzerland to testify before the United Nations in Geneva at the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, where he spoke regarding the inhumane practice of youth being prosecuted as adults.[10][12] His speech at the United Nations was seen on several TV shows, including Here & Now on ABC 7, The Roland Martin Show, Changing America on MSNBC, The World News Tonight on BNC, and Arise News Network.[17]

Pinto worked with Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health designing health disparities-based interventions for formerly incarcerated men in Central Brooklyn.[8] He facilitated a leadership training program for youth confined at Riker's Island, where he taught legal research as part of the Juvenile Justice Project's work with system-involved youth.[11] He also teaches social justice education from elementary school through high school. With one of the schools, Pinto has recently started an immigration clinic.

He co-founded Until Freedom,[1][18][19] an intersectional social justice organization, with activists Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, and Mysone Linen. He protested at the 2020 Democratic Presidential Election of NYC Mayor Bill de Baliso, which resulted in the firing of Daniel Pantaleo.

Pinto serves as a lead organizer of the Indigenous Peoples March.[17][20][7] He worked on the Free Meek (Meek Mill) documentary, which procured the release of the Philadephia-born rapper. Pinto worked on the Restore Heat Campaign at Brooklyn Metro Detention Center (MDC),[7] a  federal prison that garnered national attention for failing to provide heat to incarcerated individuals during the coldest days of winter 2018.[3] He also ran the first electoral campaign, for now, City Council member Nantasha Williams. He also elevated the visibility of NYPD12 after meeting lead plaintiff Edwin Raymond.

Pinto founded the Justice Academy, an educational platform for high school students to learn about social justice from advocates and activists on the ground.[10][15] He was a speaker at the Black Enterprises 40 Under 40 Summit 2021.[1] He was a subject in the Hulu Documentary Crime and Punishment[17]and has appeared on Let's Talk Reform[21] and Rolling Out.[3]

Most recently, Pinto secured a position at Yale University as a community practitioner in residence.


Pinto has been named to the Black Enterprise 40 Under 40 and Ebony Magazine Power 100. He is the recipient of the NAACP Image Award.[17]

Personal life

Pinto is a single parent to two children, Love Autumn Crystal Pinto and Trevaughn Robinson.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Black Enterprise | 40 Under 40 Summit December 8". 
  2. Kobin, Billy. "Celebrities, rappers, civil rights leaders: Who was arrested during protest at Daniel Cameron's home?" (in en-US). 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Justice warrior Angelo Pinto reduced teen arrests and helped free Meek Mill - Rolling Out" (in en-US). 2019-06-24. 
  4. Jason, Peter (2022-06-29). "Revered Activist Angelo Pinto: Justice Must Be Served" (in en). 
  5. "Angelo Pinto — Insights to Social Justice Through Writing". 
  6. "Angelo Pinto Explaining Things An Activist Should Know". 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 "Effective Activism: What You Need to Know". 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Assessing The Four Roles of Social Activism | Education | Before It's News" (in en-US). 2022-06-29. 
  9. "SBS 525 Seminar: Jamila T. Davis and Angelo Pinto, Until Freedom: “Be the Change You Want to See: How to Change Your Community Through Your Work”" (in en). 
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 "Angelo Pinto – Mark Conference" (in en-US). 
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Angelo Pinto (’08): Fighting for Incarcerated Youth – CUNY School of Law". 
  13. "Angela Pinto’s Rise to Prominence by Martin Gray" (in en). 
  14. "Angelo Pinto email address & phone number | Yale University Careers Community Activist in Residnece contact information" (in en). 
  15. 15.0 15.1 "The Value of Activism in Times of Crisis" (in en). 
  16. "Getting To Know the Different Forms of Justice". 
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 "HOME" (in en). 
  18. "Co-founder with Until Freedom, Angelo Pinto, discusses Derby Day" (in en). 
  19. Kamper, Deni (2020-08-26). "Louisville community leaders criticize police response to Tuesday protest" (in en). 
  20. "Activist Angelo Ricardo Pinto: Giving Back to the People". 
  21. "On the Front Lines with Angelo Pinto by Let's Talk Reform" (in en).