We doubled our impact by serving over 300 women directly and positively reaching hundreds of thousands more!
We continue to disrupt pathways to prison and open doors to dignity and sustainable freedom for ALL women, as they discover that their greatest and most powerful resource is themselves.
When we invest in women, there is a powerful ripple effect: they find their own voices and power, they are able to support their families, give back to their communities, and transform the larger systems that hold women back.
Through advocacy and workshops that fuse life coaching, arts based intervention, meditation and other trauma informed modalities, Project Liberation provides women with the tools they need to reclaim their stories and become catalysts for positive change in their own lives, families and communities.
Every investment made has had its full-intended impact:
- The national recidivism rate is over 50%. Not one of our liberated sisters has returned to prison.
- 100% of our graduates are living in permanent housing.
- 86% are either seeking higher education or are employed and;
- 93% are reunited with their children.
Project Liberation helps transform lives.
More 2018 highlights that I’m proud to share with you include:
- We advocated on behalf of incarcerated women at the White House and at conferences all over the country for the First Step Act. This week the bill is due to pass in Congress.
- We participated in the high-profile Dignity Campaign, in partnership with #Cut50, a national bipartisan initiative, alongside Grammy Oscar-Award- winning musician, Common.
- We partnered with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which connected us with more clients poised to holistically benefit from our work.
- We travelled abroad to Italy and India to study best practices and conduct a motivational speaking tour, “From Adversity to Empowerment.”
We created an expansion plan that meets women on the inside, greets them on the outside and stands by their side through all stages of criminal justice involvement.
- We were chosen by the School of Visual Arts to participate as a collaborator in their Design for Social Impact program.
- We were again named an Agent of Change at the Center for Social Innovation- collaborating with 250 other organizations making a positive change in the world.
Our unrelenting advocacy in 2018 will lead to unprecedented opportunity in 2019:
I will be the first formerly incarcerated woman to return to the very prison I served in to administer our programs.