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 to criminalized black women who are survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault.
Survivors of sex trafficking are usually treated as criminals rather than victims. But some courts have begun to recognize that those arrested on prostitution charges are often victims of coercion, violence, and trauma. Our new video, From Defendant to Survivor, profiles the innovative approaches being taken by courts in Los Angeles, New York City, and Columbus, Ohio.
In this podcast, which was produced as part of Project SAFE, Afua Addo is joined by Dr. Monique Morris, the co-founder and president of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, and Andrea C. James, the founder and executive director of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls.