Women with incarcerated loved ones are coming together to heal and strengthen our power as advocates for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

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Because She's Powerful

The Political Isolation and Resistance of Women with Incarcerated Loved ones

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What's it like for a woman to have a loved one in prison?

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“If you know what it's like to love someone behind bars, you know the harm this system causes. We need your leadership.”

Founder, Gina Clayton-Johnson

We are a loving & powerful community
of women with incarcerated loved ones.

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Leadership Spotlight

“In 2001 my son Kerry was taken away and sentenced to 66 years in prison... I know that I must keep it together emotionally for him and for my grandson, who doesn't have a father.”

Anita Wills

Member Since: 2015

“When women are incarcerated there aren't very many people who come to look out for us. Here, I show up for a sisterhood that shows up for me.”

Cheryl Diston

Member Since: 2016

“I truly see the connection between healing and advocacy. When you see where your wounds are, you can take care of them and find your strength again. When you heal your pain, you can find your voice and stand up for yourself and your community.”

Catalina Palacios

Member Since: 2014

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