Our weekly digest of client news and events.
There is still time to vote for Time for Change Foundation for Aetna’s Voices of Health Competition! With your vote, Time for Change could win $20,000 to directly support their housing program and self-sufficiency services for women and children in need. Vote today at the link: http://www.aetnavoicesofhealth.com/2019/vote.php?ID=108
Elizabeth Muñoz at Survivors Speak California. Photo courtesy of Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice.
We are so inspired by the community of survivors in California that have turned the pain they have experienced into healing and action. Elizabeth and Juan Carlos Muñoz lost their son in 2015. Now, they are using their experiences to help others by calling for important legislation to help fellow survivors access the support they need, running a Trauma Recovery Center named for their son Jr., and starting San Diego chapter of Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice. More of their powerful story in her piece for the Times of San Diego.
Next month, Essie Justice Group will celebrate the graduations of their cohorts in communities across California. These groups of women are using their voices and wisdom to break the isolation caused by mass incarceration in communities of color and uplift sisterhood. To learn more about Essie’s program, visit essiejusticegroup.org.
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A huge congratulations to sujatha baliga, director of the Restorative Justice Project in Oakland and a co-founder of Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, who was awarded the MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant for her work to embed restorative justice practices into systems across the state.
Last year, Vogue profiled Essie, lifting up the organization’s unique model that combines a support system, leadership training, and advocacy for women with incarcerated loved ones. VOGUE.