Entries by YWFC

Young Women’s Freedom Center and Five Keys to Provide Emergency Housing for Women and Gender Nonconforming People in San Francisco in Response to COVID-19


Formerly incarcerated people and survivors of violence will receive housing and supportive services FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 18, 2020 Media contacts: Layla Crater, layla@change-llc.com, 310-804-3107Debbie Mesloh, debmesloh@gmail.com, 415-867-2243 San Francisco, CA -- In the first collaboration of its kind, the Young Women’s Freedom Center and Five Keys Schools and Programs announced today that they have secured up to 20 hotel rooms...

Statement from Young Women’s Freedom Center about Plan to Shut Down Remaining State Youth Prisons


Statement from Jessica Nowlan, executive director of Young Women's Freedom Center, about Governor Gavin Newsom's decision to shut down California's three remaining youth prisons. The state would stop intake of new youth beginning in January 2021, according to the Governor's proposed budget "This commitment by the state towards a different approach to youth justice is...

Sign onto Freedom Charter!


Sign onto Freedom Charter now! WE, cis and transgender women and girls and GNC people who are formerly and currently incarcerated, systems-involved and sexually exploited, declare to the United States and the world: that the prison, policing and family separation systems are rooted in histories of the colonization of indigenous people, slavery, Jim Crow laws...

Freedom 2030 Launch – 3/9/20


For more than two years, the Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition, a movement of hundreds of formerly incarcerated girls, women and TGNC folks, has been organizing to shape a California where we can be free. The result is Freedom 2030, a 10-year political organizing, culture change and legislative campaign that will end the criminalization of...

Internship Opportunity!


YWFC Oakland is seeking to find 15 cis/trans girls and gnc youth who are interested in participating in a 21 week paid internship within the following special interest areas: food service & event planning / youth organizing / and community engagement.  Deadline: Rolling admission (until all 15 slots have been filled). Interviews will begin on...

Governor Newsom urges California Sheriffs to end late night releases!


November 13, 2019 Sheriff David LivingstonCounty of Contra Costa651 Pine Street, Seventh Floor Martinez, California 94553 Dear Sheriff Livingston, I am writing regarding the issue of late night releases from county jails. This is an issue of critical importance to the safety and well-being of individuals in your care, especially women, transgender individuals and others who may be at...

Young Women’s Freedom Center Launches Santa Clara County Site in Partnership with Local Leadership Dedicated to Ending the Criminalization of Girls and TGNC People of Color in the South Bay


YWFC, Santa Clara County leadership and the Vera Institute will develop a holistic, place-based, systems change approach to ending incarceration of girls and TGNC youth in the County FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 8, 2019 Press Contacts:  Layla Crater, layla@change-llc.com, 310-804-3107Bilen Mesfin Packwood, bilen@change-llc.com, 510-681-5978 SAN JOSE, CA -- This week, Young Women’s Freedom Center (YWFC) announced the...

A Majority of Board of Supervisors Support Legislation to Close SF’s Juvenile Hall by December 2021


*** PRESS RELEASE *** A Majority of the Board of Supervisors Support Legislation Authored by Supervisors Walton, Ronenand Haney to Close San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall by December 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 9 2019 Press Contacts: Sup.Walton’s Office: Tracy Gallardo 415-509-7266 tracy.gallardo@sfgov.org; Sup.Ronen’s Office: Carolyn Goossen 415-370-5621 carolyn.goossen@sfgov.org; Sup.Haney’s Office: Abigail Rivamonte Mesa 415-964-6120,...

Young Women’s Freedom Center Applauds Plans to Shut Down San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall by 2021


For Immediate ReleaseMarch 21, 2019   Press Contact:  Jessica Nowlan,  jessica@youngwomenfree.org   ***PRESS RELEASE***Young  Women’s Freedom Center Applauds Plans to Shut Down San Francisco’s  Juvenile Hall by 2021**********   SAN FRANCISCO – The Young Women’s Freedom Center applauds and  supports San Francisco Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Shamann  Walton’s plans to draft legislation to mandate the closure of San  Francisco’s Juvenile Hall by December...