Entries by YWFC

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...

Ally Action: Support SB 555


1. READ THIS SB 555: The Jail FACTS ActThe Jail FACTS Act, authored by State Senator Holly Mitchell, will reduce the heavy financial burden placed on the families and support systems of incarcerated individuals. SB 555 aims to eliminate the exorbitant costs of communications (including phone calls, video visitation and electronic communications) regulate the prices for...

Alezandra Zaragoza Melendrez


Freedom Research Institute President Pronouns: She/Her Alezandra is a Latinx critical educator and community-based scholar who was born and raised in Chula Vista near the border, with ancestral roots in Baja California and New Mexico. Professionally, Alezandra comes to her work as a researcher and a former special education public school teacher, teaching in the Bronx...

New Report Examines the Criminalization of Women, Girls, Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color in San Francisco


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | February 19, 2019 Media contacts: Bilen Mesfin Packwood, bilen@change-llc.com, 510-681-5978Layla Crater, layla@change-llc.com, 310-804-3107 San Francisco, CA -- The Young Women’s Freedom Center (YWFC) announced today the release of a new report that shows the dire impact of criminalization on women, girls, and transgender and gender non-conforming people of color, from housing instability to economic hardship...

Formerly Incarcerated People and Advocates Call for an End to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in CA Prisons at a Rally at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | October 31, 2019 Leaders of the #MeTooBehindBars campaign rallied at CDCR to expose how the prison system uses sexual and gender-based violence to target people who they incarcerate Press Contact:  Layla Crater, layla@change-llc.com, 310-804-3107Bilen Mesfin Packwood, bilen@change-llc.com, 510-681-5978 SACRAMENTO, CA -- On October 30, California Coalition for Women Prisoners and Young Women’s Freedom Center...

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Research & Data:  The Come Into the Sun Coalition of service providers in San Francisco issues a report, "Findings and Recommendations on the Needs of Women and Girls in the Justice System," documenting the alarming lack of health and social services and opportunities available to low­ income young women in San Fran­cisco.

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