Who We Are
Amite Dominick, PhD
Dr. Amite Dominick became President and Founder of TPCA in July 2021. Dr. Dominick has worked in advocacy since 2015 and previously served as the vice president of TPAA from May 2018 to June 2021. During her time with TPAA, Dr. Dominick worked with legislators to file historic bills that requested Humane temperatures within the Texas Prisons, co-authored reports, conducted various training of advocacy for affected family members, and organized events to bring awareness events to the community. Prior to her involvement with TPAA, she was a Board Member of Texas CURE. Dr. Dominick obtained both her Bachelors of Clinical and Counseling Psychology and Master’s Degree in Psychology from San Jose State University and Doctorate degree in Psychology, Loma Linda University in California. Her major areas of concentration included Experimental, Biological, and Social Psychology.
Dr. Dominick is a former Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Argosy University, Farmers Branch, Texas, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Parkside, Moreno Valley Community College, Riverside Community College, and San Bernardino Community College at Crafton Hills.
Dr. Dominick is passionate about seeing changes made to the inhumane conditions in Texas prisons. Dr. Dominick has testified before the Texas state legislatures regarding these conditions. She has been profiled in various publications and has spoken at major conferences and events, including Hope Summit. As President & Founder of TPCA Dr. Dominick is committed in every way to whatever this fight takes.
Ms. Jessica Dickerson got involved in advocacy in 2020 after finding out that most Texas prisons don’t have air conditioning. This was a surprise, and the lack of humanity shown to Texas prisoners spurred her to action. She began by volunteering at Beat the Heat events, which were eye-opening and further cemented her commitment to advocating for AC. With a background in small business, she has used her experience to help with the incorporation and organizational structure that supports TPCA’s mission which she stands behind fully.
Jessica’s passion is research and community education. She believes that more hasn’t changed within criminal justice because the public doesn’t understand how what happens behind prison walls connects to their communities. When they understand, they will join us and advocate for positive change in our criminal justice system.
When she is not volunteering with TPCA, Jessica and her writing partner and illustrator, who is incarcerated, write and publish children’s books. Writing and publishing have been a long-standing dream, and she is grateful to her writing partner and illustrator for all he has done to make this dream a reality. Together they hope to bring joy and giggles to children and help them through some of the difficulties that incarceration can bring to a child’s world.
In her free time, Jessica spends time with her children and with her five grandchildren. They are the light in her life!
Tanika Solomon, Esq.
Tanika J. Solomon is an attorney licensed in the State of Texas and in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Her primary areas of practice are Civil Rights, Injuries, Criminal Defense & Parole.
Prior to entering the legal field in 2008 Attorney Solomon spent 10 years earning a reputation as a Political Consultant. She has served as a Congressional Aide, Opposition Researcher, Issues Manager; and Media and Message Manager for local candidate and issues campaigns.
While pursuing her graduate studies in Washington, she worked as a Legislative Aide on Capitol Hill to the late Congresswoman Barbara Rose Collins of the 15th District of Michigan.
Tanika "T.J." Solomon joined the staff of the Historic Prison Show in November of 2017. She was fortunate to have volunteered for 2 years alongside co-Host Hank Lamb, with Producer David Collingworth and the rest of The Prison Show Gang. This radio show has served Houston, the State of Texas, and the world over 34 years by educating the public on issues surrounding incarceration, parole, reentry, recidivism, rehabilitation, immigration, Veterans affairs, housing, mass incarceration, and the death penalty.
Attorney Solomon is a member of the American Bar Association. Tanika has been a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association for almost a decade. She has been mentored and trained by this organization in the areas of Post Convictions and Parole since 2017. Tanika has received recognition from National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and Top Lawyers Registry.
Tanika is on the Board of Texas Prison Community Advocates, which was founded by Dr. Amite Dominick. This organization advocates for inmate quality of life issues such as the inhumane temperatures in our Texas prisons.
Mrs. Solomon is a member of the National Women of Achievement, Inc. This organizations' thrusts are to improve the quality of life for women, children, and the elderly, particularly in communities of color.
Tanika earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Houston Law Center. While studying Law at U of H, Tanika worked full time as Program Assistant to Richard Alderman (The People's Lawyer) at The Center for Consumer Law. She also served as an Editor on the Journal of Consumer & Commercial Law; competed in Moot Court and Pretrial Litigation competitions. She studied Political Science at Texas Southern University, in Houston, Texas; and Political Management at George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Attorney Solomon is a former instructor of Family Law at the Center for Advanced Legal Studies in Houston, Texas.
Pursuit of Happiness:
T.J. as her friends call her occasionally enjoys hunting and fishing with her husband and 2 adult children. She credits her strength and even temperament to her faith in God, and her calling to do this work. Each day she gives thanks for an active law practice that allows her to help those in crisis!