Unifying Bill of Rights Platform for System Involved and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls in California
- We have the right to self determination. We must determine what success looks like for ourselves. We have the right to lay our own paths free from punitive and controlling systems and the right to input and voice around all services impacting our lives.
- We have the right to be free from sexual and physical violence perpetrated by our families, our partners, our community, the state, and institutions.
- We have the right to be treated with dignity regardless of our legal status, past criminal history, or classifications given by the state or institutions.
- We have the right to redemption, to break the cycle of abuse and violence. We have the right to heal, the right to own our mistakes, and the right to resources and support to seek transformation on our own terms. We claim the right to be free from discrimination based on criminal history and family history.
- We have the right to access (touch, hear, and see) our children, family, and loved ones when we are in the systems that criminalize and control women and girls.
- We have the right for our gender to be respected and the right to be free from limiting conceptions of masculinity and femininity.
- We have the right to make our own medical care decisions and a right to access on-demand preventative care for our physical, dental, vision and reproductive health.
- We have a right to access cultural, holistic, and professional methods of healing to address the trauma we are exposed to while we are involved in systems.
- We have a right to permanent safe, healthy, and affordable housing and the right to determine what that looks like for ourselves and to participate in the process of seeking it.
- We have the right to access education, knowledge, and technology while incarcerated that will allow for us to keep up with the world we anticipate returning to when we are no longer part of the system.
- We have the right to be declared free from any debt to the justice system and the right to our confidentiality when we have completed our time.
- We have the right to be consulted when institutions want to create, revise, and eliminate policies, legislation, rules, or laws that will impact the way we experience systems.
Systems are defined as any government entity, organization, or network that participates in criminalizing and controlling women and girls, including but not limited to: the Criminal Justice System, the Juvenile Justice System, Foster Care, Child Protective Services, Welfare, mental health institutions, social service providers, the Social Security Administration, supportive housing, and treatment facilities.