Shaplaie Brooks

Executive Director


Most recently coming from the BUILD Program at Roxbury Youthworks, Shaplaie has a wealth of experience working with children and families, including over 10 years in the child welfare system serving multiple states. She assisted in writing the Law Enforcement Guidelines for the BPD, and has trained the DA’s office, DCF and other state agencies.
Shaplaie is a fervent advocate of serving the marginalized within the marginalized, and has worked with cisgender boys, transgender, and nonbinary youth who were at high risk and or victims of CSEC(Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children). In 2021, Shaplaie Brooks collaborated with the Commission on a report exposing pervasive threats to safety, wellbeing, and permanency faced by LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system and providing critical recommendations to the Department of Children and Families, and in 2022 became the Commission's Executive Director. 

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