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​​2007 Road to Redemption Associated Appreciation and Dedication
2007 Virginia Defenders Community Defender of the Year Award
2008 Virginia Department of Corrections Volunteer Award
2008 Third Street Bethel AME Church Restoration of Voting Rights Appreciation
2010 Virginia Organizing Welcoming Them Back to the Community Award
2011 P.D.A. “Community Activist” Service Award
2011 PETRA Fellow Humanitarian Award (Lillie Branch-Kennedy)
2012 Richmond Free Press Person of the Week “Spotlight”
2012 June/July Richmond Peace Education “Speaking for the Voiceless”
2014 January 18 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. M.J.K, Jr.

Community Service Award
2015 September 26 Henrico NAACP  “Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice”

Award  (Lillie Branch-Kennedy)
2016 May Invitational Virginia Historical History 
2017 Leading With Conviction JustLeadershipUSA Fellow
(Lillie Branch-Kennedy)
2018 Virginia Interfaith Center Criminal Justice Advocacy Award
(Lillie Branch-Kennedy)
Resource Information Help for
the Disadvantaged & the Disenfranchised

RIHD, an all-volunteer, non-partisan Virginia-based
organization working together to improve the
effectiveness  and fairness of Virginia’s justice system.

R.I.H.D., Inc
1720 Mechanicsville Turnpike
Richmond, Virginia 23223
RIHD – PO Box 55
Highland Springs, Virginia 23075
Telephone: (804) 426-4426

NEW Email: [email protected]
Lillie (Ms. K) Email:   [email protected]

Email Updates:

God uses ordinary people to carry out His extraordinary
   plan.  Meet RIHD ordinary people's "board members"
   doing extraordinary work for equal rights and justice. 
   Lillie (Ms. K) Branch-Kennedy, Retired
Founder & Executive Director
Ricardo C. Kennedy, President. Retired
Brenda Jefferson-McLaurin, Vice President
Leonie May, Legislative Advocate
Julia Ganzie, Fundraising
Janet (Queen Nzinga) Taylor, CJR Advocate
Ruth Bray Legislative & Support Group (Tidewater) 

Carroll Malik, Chaplain Service
Etta Detritus, Human Rights
Andrea Kertley, Support Group (Hampton Roads)
Melki Russell, Communications Director
Umimi Ghirmay, Advisory Attorney

Proclamation Day for R.I.H.D. Youth Initiative 
Proclamation Day was declared to RIHD Youth Initiative by the Honorable Dwight C. Jones, Mayor for City of Richmond and Honorable Cynthia I. Newbille PhD, Richmond City Council, on October 11, 2011 for our “Lights on After-school Day” promoting the critical importance of quality after-school programs in the lives of children, their families and their community.  1803 North 28th Street, Richmond VA 23231

 ​From Virginia Prisoners & VirginiaDOC
2006 – Prisoner Advocacy Appreciation Award -Brunswick Correctional
2006 – Rastafarian Religion  Appreciation Award – Lawrenceville

2007 – RIHD Prison Reform Champions- Coffeewood Correctional
2008 – Volunteer Appreciation Award – Lawrenceville Correctional (Brenda J. McLaurin, Leonie May)
2011 -Appreciation for Re-entry Resource Fair -Sussex II
2011- Appreciation for Re-entry Resource Fair – Deerfield

2018 - Appreciation - Nehemiah Leadership Empowerment Seminar (Black History Month) - St. Brides
2019 - Black History Month - Coffeewood Correctional

RIHD Board  Working With Virginia
Legislators and Leaders

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​"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.  
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
--Margaret Mead