Project: WE ARE MORE THAN A NUMBER
And so are the 215,000 women currently incarcerated in the United States, and millions more entangled in the criminal justice system. Over the last three decades, the number of women imprisoned has increased 750 percent – double that of men. The vast majority of these women are mothers, and their crimes are non-violent. Once tagged with a criminal record, women face staggering barriers to successfully reintegrating into their families and communities.
The pathways to prison represent the larger ways society imprisons women: sexual assault and violence, economic inequality, addiction and mental illness, lack of personal esteem and self-worth, and so much more. Project Liberation is building a movement to transform these pathways and open doors to sustainable freedom for all women. Join us – together, we can empower women to dismantle all barriers to sustainable freedom.
WE DESERVE TO BE SEEN, HEARD, AND HELD.
Project Liberation provides a space for women at all stages of criminal justice involvement to feel safe, supported, empowered, and part of a community again. Our workshops offer a fusion of life coaching, arts-based intervention, yoga, meditation and other healing modalities. Over 14 weeks, women build solid foundations that empower them to see themselves as whole, not broken, and imagine a law-abiding life guided by authentic goals and desires.
Within a supportive circle, program participants are encouraged to reconnect with their own sense of power and possibility, use adversity as a curriculum for growth, renew their ability to dream and create powerful visions for their lives, and strengthen their ability to overcome difficulties, resolve problems, and make life-affirming decisions. Upon graduation, women continue to support one another in their path to sustainable freedom as lifetime members of Project Liberation.
WE NEED YOU.
Your donation will ensure women can access the transformative services that Project Liberation offers. Join our movement!
Project Liberation is fiscally sponsored by Coaching The Global Village, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. All donations are tax deductible.
Project Liberation provides a paradigm-shifting personal development platform for women across all stages of criminal justice involvement, while raising awareness and political will to address the issues and needs faced by demographically and culturally diverse women.
Ivy Woolf Turk is an ICF Certified Professional Life Coach in private practice and Founder of Project Liberation. Formerly Co-Creator and Director of the blackbird project at WPA, she is also a board member of Liberation Prison Yoga, a consultant to the Justice Advocacy Group, LLC in Alexandria, VA., a 2016 Center for Social Innovation Agent of Change Fellow, and a Founding member of the National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. She is also a motivational speaker on criminal justice related issues.
Ivy has an extremely unique perspective on incarceration, homelessness and reentry. A former executive in the advertising and real estate businesses, she found herself caught up in a situation with criminal consequences. While incarcerated, Ivy taught GED English literacy, Yoga and Meditation to groups of demographically diverse women. She also co-created C.H.O.I.C.E.S., a group of inmates that went out into the community to speak to at-risk youth about the consequences of poor choices. Ivy worked with the District Attorney of Connecticut on an Anti- Gun Violence campaign and a movie called the 5k Motion. After serving 4 years of a 5-year sentence in Federal prison, she not only has her own perspective and experience with the whole incarceration process, but that of the hundreds of women with whom she worked with while imprisoned as well as upon reentry.