A Fun and Empowering Holiday Event for Formerly Incarcerated Women and Their Families

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The Coalition for Women Prisoners, led by the CA’s Women in Prison Project, hosted its first Open House for formerly incarcerated women on December 18. Coalition members distributed information on advocacy, employment, housing, children and family services, substance abuse, entitlements, domestic violence, legal services, physical and mental health and other issues to more than 100 women.

The day’s events also included food, music, gifts, rapid HIV testing, free clothing and a screening of What I Want My Words To Do To You, a film by Judith Katz and Eve Ensler, which documents a women’s writing program at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester.

The Open House achieved its goals: to connect formerly incarcerated women to resources in their communities, and to raise the visibility of the Coalition among formerly incarcerated women and other community members.