Being about It: Reflections on Advocacy after Incarceration

Martha L. Raimon, Luz Alvarez, Sunshine Brooks, Casey Deas and Lorrayne Patterson

in Interrupted Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520252493
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944565 | DOI:
Being about It: Reflections on Advocacy after Incarceration

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The author, a legal services lawyer, describes in this chapter her work with formerly incarcerated women in two advocacy programs at the Women's Prison Association and Home (WPA) and at the Women in Prison Project (WIPP) of the Correctional Association of New York. The goal of the WPA's program, the Women's Advocacy Project (WAP), is to develop leaders able to craft solutions to the many-faceted challenges facing incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women. Similarly, ReConnect, part of WIPP, trains women in advocacy and leadership. Both programs work to enhance women's natural leadership skills so that they can engage in collective policy advocacy. The participants in both programs have had varying levels of involvement with the criminal justice system, but they share a desire to bring about improvements in criminal justice policies that affect women in and out of jail and prison. The author's principal role in these workshops was to teach participants about family law, especially laws relating to custody and foster care.

Keywords: Women’s Prison Association and Home; Women in Prison Project; Correctional Association of New York; Women’s Advocacy Project; incarcerated women; ReConnect; advocacy; leadership; criminal justice system; family law

Chapter.  2843 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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