Fight for Our Girls
By recognizing the trauma that impacts many incarcerated women of color and the structural racism that underpins our public systems, we worked to make policy and practice changes that reduced disparities and disproportionality within this group.
We worked to:
Connect systems to policies, partnering with policymakers, practitioners, and state agencies to help improve the outcomes of young women and girls of color involved with public systems and ensure policies supporting them are developmentally-centered, trauma-informed, and promote their well-being.
Employ a variety of tactics—including traditional and digital media—to dramatically shift harmful narratives that stereotype and disparage women and girls of color involved with public systems.
Mobilize partners to work with us in undoing structural racism that exists in systems.
Our goal was to arm policymakers, state agencies, and constituents with the tools needed to reform systems and popular perceptions about girls and women of color involved with systems.
- Reduce recidivism
- Improve workforce readiness and placement
- Reduce health, economic, and educational disparities
- Build positive social-capital
During the time we conduced this work, we partnered with a coalition of national organizations, state and local leaders, researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and advocates. Through a national network, Fight for Our Girls engaged broadly with organizations and systems that impact the lives of young women and girls of color involved with public systems.