Tablets changed the lives of the incarcerated women I work with. Mothers could take part and pride in the educational achievements of their young sons and daughters. Women saw videos of their friends getting married, or their cousins blowing out birthday candles; photos of newborn nieces and nephews could be shared almost in real time from their siblings.
This past summer, I sat in an eight-hour mediation circle with the man who raped me. It was one of the first instances in the legal system in North America in which a sexual assault case concluded with an exercise in restorative justice.
By prioritizing profits over people, the immigrant detention industry has ballooned under President Trump—but so has the women-led resistance that’s challenging it.
Domestic violence is the most common reason people in the U.S. call the police, comprising 15 to 50 percent of 911 calls—but journalist Cari Shane posits in a recent piece that “it should be more.”
The use of solitary confinement for incarcerated pregnant people is an indefensible and cruel practice. Unfortunately, it’s more common than you might think.
“We’re not interested in giving more money to law enforcement to do a job that is about harming and violated communities. We’re interested in taking away that power so that we can put power into places that will empower our communities.”
An 18-month investigation by Maren Machles, Carrie Cochran, Angela M. Hill and Suzette Brewer at Newsy revealed the tragic consequences of the cracks in the justice system facing Native women—uncovering the breakdowns between federal and tribal governance that leave survivors with little recourse after experiencing sexual violence.
It is indisputable that barring exceptional circumstances, jailing children is wrong. Child welfare experts agree that detention, even for short periods of time, has profoundly adverse impacts on children’s long-term health and development. But the Trump administration is still fighting to hold migrant children in detention—indefinitely.
What we do and say about sexual harassment, abuse and assault matters. That’s why I’m thrilled to see many in the legal profession expanding the conversation beyond emergency relief to provide comprehensive legal services for survivors.
“Women are equal, but equality doesn’t mean forcing women into the same system as men. What it means is re-conceptualizing criminal justice itself from the ground up through the lens of women’s experience.”