||T.J. Parsell is a filmmaker, author, and human rights activist.
He is dedicated to ending sexual violence in prison and to stopping the practice of sending juveniles to adult jails and prisons. His passion stems from his years in prison as a teenager and young adult. At 21 years old, he’d spent nearly a quarter of his life incarcerated. By 30, he put himself through college and was a successful software executive. At 40, he became a human rights activist, a published author and one of the nation’s leading advocates to end prisoner rape. He is pursuing a Masters of Fine Art in Film Production at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he intends to make his award-winning book Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man’s Prison (Perseus Book Group) into a feature length film.