A Just Re-Entry for Young & Adult Women & TGNC People
YWFC-LA launched in 2019 with the leadership of Rojas, a formerly incarcerated jailhouse organizer, born, raised and returned to Compton. Rojas is building a strong network of formerly incarcerated sisters and siblings to change the ecosystem in LA to welcome and support the successful re-entry of people from women’s prisons and women from men’s prisons. The work in LA will focus on building the leadership of formerly incarcerated women and TGNC people in leading change towards justice and community-based diversion and re-entry.
- Self-Determined Re-Entry: A leadership cohort and re-entry support for formerly incarcerated young and adult women and TGNC people.
- Freedom Circles: Grounded in self-determination, positive peer relationships and relationships with caring adults, our weekly, two-hour Freedom Circles provide healing and support for young people navigating to stay out of the system. This work will include court support and systems navigation.
- Self-Determined Life Coaching & Healing: After stabilizing and receiving immediately needed support and services, participants are assigned a life coach to partner in designing a self-determined life plan.
- Self-Determined Housing & Re-Entry: Support for people re-entering after being incarcerated, including housing support and referrals, systems navigation, job training and placement and technology and life skills after being denied access while inside. In 2020, YWFC will pilot a re-entry housing project in the Los Angeles area.
- Participatory Defense: In partnership with DeBug, YWFC organizes young people facing sentencing and their families to organize court support and advocacy to reduce sentencing.