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...

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...

Young Women’s Freedom Center Releases Report Showing Dire Impact of Criminalization in SF and Honors System-Involved Women, Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming People at ‘Cheyenne Bell Legacy Awards’


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | June 19, 2019 Press Contact: Bilen Mesfin Packwood, bilen@change-llc.com, 510-681-5978Layla Crater, layla@change-llc.com, 310-804-3107 San Francisco, CA -- On June 19, Young Women’s Freedom Center, in partnership with the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF) and the San Francisco Adult Probation Department, will release the findings of a report that shows the...

Young People and Families Call on Elected Leaders for Immediate Action to Shut Down San Francisco Juvenile Hall


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | April 9, 2019 Press Contact:  Bilen Mesfin Packwood, bilen@change-llc.com, 510.681.5978Dina Sigal, dina@change-llc.com, 415.961.0305 San Francisco, CA - Young people, families and community members rallied in San Francisco today in a massive show of support for a proposal to transform the youth justice system in San Francisco, close San Francisco Juvenile Hall and invest...