Carlos Alonzo Avila was born in Honduras. He came to the United States at the age of nine. He was incarcerated at the age of seventeen and served twenty-five years. He connected with Free Minds while incarcerated in 2009 and has been a member ever since. During his incarceration, he enrolled in the Challenge Program and the Residential Drug Abuse Program, residential treatment programs that dealt with substance abuse and mental health, becoming a mentor in both. In 2020, Carlos was released under DC’s Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act, a law that provides young people with extreme sentences a mechanism for resentencing. Carlos now resides in his birth country, where he works remotely as a co-facilitator for Free Minds’ community peacebuilding initiative, On the Same Page. He finds healing in storytelling, and loves making connections between his fellow Free Minds members and the wider community.