On Friday, April 22nd the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls will officially launch the path-breaking organization at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The press conference will introduce the organizing strategies and goals of the Council. The Council is the first-ever national organization created and led by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and girls. Read more.

When: Friday, April 22, 2016 at 9:30-11:00 AM

Where: The National Press Club
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Murrow Room
Washington, DC 20045  –  see map

See/print press release.

Why:  The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls supports the work of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and girls who are contributing to changing the criminal justice system by working individually or within organizations. Members support one another by sharing their knowledge and powerful experiences. Council members know firsthand the impact of the current criminal justice policies. We know the realities of incarceration, the many hurdles women face after returning home, and what changes are necessary to shift the system to one based on human dignity and social justice.

By bringing together policy makers, academics, researchers, and the public in dialogue with Council members, we strive to ensure that when policies, laws, practices, organizing and services about women and girls who are or were incarcerated are decided upon, our voices and ideas are included.  Our mantra is “Nothing about us, without us!” This is a big goal. We believe it is attainable. Through connecting with each other and freely sharing information, insights and strengths, we can create the opportunities to have our voices heard and collectively build new and just policies grounded in human rights.

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