Founder of Unchained Media Collective
2019 Black Male Achievement Fellow
Unchained Media Collective, a social impact production company, reimagines justice through stories. Its art- and tech-based platforms invite audiences to meet the incarcerated through stories, driving advocacy and civic engagement against mass incarceration. Through documentary films, online content, podcasts, virtual reality, and more, Unchained Media Collective supports the release of those serving decades behind bars, building empathy between judges and young people caught in cycles of violence. Its vision is to train and hire formerly incarcerated people for its production teams, providing technical skills and empowering them as leaders in story-driven advocacy.
Halim Flowers is co-founder and chief strategy officer at Unchained Media Collective, a social impact production company that empowers currently and formerly incarcerated people as storytellers and advocates. Halim was born and raised in Washington, DC, then known as the “murder capital,” during the crack era. He was sentenced to 40 years to life for a crime he was involved in at age 16. In 2019, he was released after successfully petitioning for resentencing after 22 years behind bars. Halim’s personal mission is to empower those in the same situation that defined his life, being incarcerated as a child in an adult prison system focused on punishment rather than rehabilitation. A passionate social entrepreneur, he launched his own publishing company, SATO Communications, while incarcerated at age 24. His 11 books have been distributed globally and are used in classrooms nationwide to discuss the impact of incarceration on young people. He has taken numerous college classes in business and sociology, and plans to complete his bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University through the Prisons and Justice Initiative. Halim is a 2019 Echoing Green Fellow.