Khalil Osiris is the founder of Reflecting Freedom Network (RFN), a non-profit charity that provides FREE web-based, accredited education and job skills training for people and communities impacted by incarceration. After spending 20 years in prison where Osiris earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston University, he transformed his life and emerged with a deep understanding of how to use personal crisis and challenges as opportunities for self-improvement.
Osiris has 30 years of experience developing programs used in prisons and communities in America and South Africa. His reentry program, Psychology of Incarceration, has been used in over 70 prisons across America. In 2011 he moved to South Africa, where he worked as a consultant in schools and prisons. While there, Osiris was selected to host a popular TV show, Each One, Teach One which won the 2016 South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) for Best Factual Educational Program.
Osiris is also the mastermind behind the groundbreaking restorative justice documentary, Truth & Reconciliation Conversations, which builds on Mandela’s vision of reconciliation by celebrating the stories of individuals who are taking action to help change their communities and the world for the better through pivotal conversations about racial justice. The film launched in 2020 and sparked a global conversation about facing racism and healing together.
Osiris is currently working on the production of the second film in the series that will launch on Nelson Mandela International Day 2021 in concert with an international summit on racial justice. Osiris is an Advisor and Board Member for the House of Mandela Family Foundation. He is also on the Advisory Board of Athens Democracy Forum, an annual event convened by the Democracy & Culture Foundation in association with The New York Times.
Khalil conducts thought-provoking talks on a range of urgent social and racial justice issues, including Democracy and Restorative Justice, Hiring Returning Citizens and Psychology of Incarceration.