Women and gender non-conforming people experience disproportionate levels of crime, greater rates of trauma, and have unique needs often unmet by the justice system.
Gender-responsive practices are applied throughout our operating programs to enhance safety and reduce the chances of re-victimizing justice-involved women. These practices range from using better tools to assess women’s needs to offering comprehensive services to victims. At the Midtown Community Court, we are meeting the unique needs of women involved in prostitution by using a trauma-informed curriculum that seeks to establish the building blocks of a healthy relationship and more positive thought processes.
In addition, the Center offers national training and technical assistance to help jurisdictions around the country implement simple reforms to better meet the needs of justice-involved women.
Project SAFE works to improve the services offered criminalized black women who are survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault.
Based on more than 300 in-depth interviews with adults involved in New York City’s multifaceted sex trade, this study describes a murky and mutable continuum between involvement in the trade due to force and choice. It also examines a unique criminal justice response: New York City's Human Trafficking Intervention Courts, developed to mitigate some of the harm trafficking victims experience in the criminal justice system.
On our 'New Thinking' podcast, Afua Addo, our coordinator of Gender and Justice Initiatives, explains our project aiding justice-involved black women who are survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault.
In this New Thinking podcast, Ann Johnson, an assistant district attorney and the human trafficking section chief with the Harris County District Attorney's Office, discusses her office's strategies for combating human trafficking, including increased enforcement against traffickers and buyers, and diversion from prosecution for victims. One of the office's diversion program, SAFE Court, gives those ages 17 to 25 who are charged with prostitution the opportunity to clear the charge from their criminal records by completing a yearlong program of monitoring and social services.