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Bio A continuum of care for justice-involved women. Empowering stronger families & safer communities since 1845. NYC. Beginners guide: bit.ly/JOINWPA

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Dear @diaandco, Thank you for welcoming us to your HQ! We laughed, cried, and SHOPPED! Thank you for styling us and empowering us! We had a blast and can’t wait to be icons! xo, WPA

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After 10 years, the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (DVSJA) passed through the NYS Assembly yesterday and is set to be delivered to @nygovcuomo. Finally, survivors of domestic and sexual violence who defend themselves will have their circumstances considered in court thanks to advocacy efforts led by @coalition4womenprisonersnys. A woman far ahead of her time, Sister Mary Nerney, understood the urgency for reform like this as early as the 1970s. She founded @stepstoendfv to provide legal assistance and counseling to survivors of domestic violence, including those who have been incarcerated for killing their abusers. Her legacy lives on in the passing of this important bill in New York State.

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In recognition of International Women’s Day, we’re considering what it means to be a woman at work — and how the issues that all women face are exacerbated for those with justice involvement. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Did you know that formerly incarcerated people are 5x more likely than the general population to be unemployed and that having a criminal record reduces employer callback rates by 50%? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At WPA, we’re committed to helping women with justice involvement gain employment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We sat down with Lou Neyland, supervisor at one of WPA’s partner organizations, @swissinstitute, and WPA participant Aisha, who works as a Gallery Attendant, for a discussion around women and work. Read it at bit.ly/WPAIWD19 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Happy International Women’s Day! 🎉 Today, we’re celebrating WPA’s commitment to partnering with justice-involved women to gain employment.  Our Workforce Development program addresses women-specific barriers to employment, provides job readiness training, and partners with companies committed to hiring justice-involved women. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here’s where you come in! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today, make a donation of ANY amount to WPA in honor of a woman who has supported you on your work journey (a mentor, friend, or colleague)! 💪🏽 THEN, post a picture of you and your – be sure to tag @WPA_NYC in the photo! 📸 We’ll be reposting all day as a celebration of the network of support that rallies behind us every day! ✊🏽 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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"We can all find some place in our neighborhood, at least, to go show up." Ceaseless thanks to our sweet friend, @cleowade - who shows up for WPA every day - for this beautiful mention on the @todayshow this morning! 💙 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Link in profile 👆🏽and WPA at the 3 minute mark! 🎥 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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In recognition of , we're considering what it means to be a woman at work today - and how the issues that face all women are exacerbated for those with justice involvement. The fight for women's equality in the workplace has come a long way, but there's still much to be done. Did you know that formerly incarcerated people are 5x more likely than the general population to be unemployed – and that having a criminal record reduces employer callback rates by 50%? Thank you to our partners at @swissinstitute for hiring WPA participants and supporting them in work they deserve. Stay tuned for an in-depth look at our workforce development efforts, including thoughts from Aisha and Lou, pictured here, in celebration of next week!

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The is gaining traction in its demands for equal access to hygiene products, education, and reproductive health. Last night WPA teamed up with @periodmovement, @shethinx, and @iconundies to bring 1,000 kits packed with pads and tampons into the hands of women who need it most. Cost should never be a barrier to a basic human necessity and that's why @shethinx and @iconundies have delivered hundreds of much needed undies to WPA clients. Major thanks to these powerhouse organizations for connecting our clients to a community that cares.

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Do you prefer to be in front of the camera? Or behind it? If you wrote a memoir, what would be the cover photo? In a picture of yourself, what do you see? What power does your story have to change the world?

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We are incredibly lucky and grateful to have Sharon on our team. 💪🏽 Thank you, @makerswomen for shining a light on her story and her activism. ✊🏽 You can watch the full video at the link in our profile. 👆🏽@makerswomen (@get_repost) ・・・ Sharon White-Harrigan was sentenced to prison for over a decade for defending herself. Now, she’s giving back as an activist and advocate for prison reform, helping women transition back to civilian life as the Clinical Director of the Women’s Prison Association. ✊🏾❤️ @wpa_nyc

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Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) was an African-American journalist, abolitionist, and feminist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the 1890s. Wells was born into slavery and freed by the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War. In her adult life, she shined a light on the intimidation & terror of lynching in the United States.

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We can’t believe the is over! We had TOO much fun meeting icons like @gloriasteinem, hearing from change-makers like @lisaborders, and being inspired by emerging leaders like @nadyaokamoto! We were especially thrilled to cheer on our very own trailblazer, Sharon White-Harrigan, who called the @makerswomen audience to action: "I'm challenging all of you to go back to your companies and ask that question: do we hire women with criminal justice histories and, if not, when will we start?" Be sure to check out our MAKERS highlight and, for a full recap including Sharon's MAKERS video, conference remarks, interview for @thegrio and more, visit the link in our profile!

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Tonight! Tune in at 8:40 p.m. PT / 11:40 p.m. ET as WPA Director, Sharon White-Harrigan takes the stage at the to talk for ! Watch live and cheer her on at makers.com/conference @makerswomen (You can follow the rest of WPA’s MAKERS adventure in our stories!)

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Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman in Congress (1968) and the first woman and African American to seek nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties (1972). Despite an under-financed campaign and being blocked from televised primary debates, Chisholm garnered 10% of delegate votes from the Democratic Party. Info via @womenshistory.

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February marks Black History Month, a month that celebrates the role that Blacks have played in shaping US history. But where does the month come from? Carer G. Woodson, the son of former slaves and pioneering historian, developed Negro History Week in 1926. The week was a coordinated effort for public schools across the US to teach Black history. The week fell on the birthdays of Fredrick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln, but has since grown to celebrate the contributions of both black men and women throughout the month. Mary Church Terrell (pictured here via @time) was a leading activist for racial equity and women's suffrage.

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The 2019 is bringing together the most powerful names in business, entertainment, tech, and finance to explore ways to accelerate the women’s movement.✊🏽We couldn’t be more excited to be there! Tune in LIVE Feb. 6 - 8: makers.com/conference And *especially* at 8:40 p.m. PT on Thursday to hear WPA’s Sharon White-Harrigan call the @makerswomen to action!

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Tonight we traveled from the East Village to Mongolia with the push of a button thanks to our special guest Zahra Rasool, Head of @contrast.vr; Al Jazeera’s immersive media studio. . . . Contrast produces unique and immersive content that pushes the boundaries of narrative storytelling while transporting viewers to the people and cultures hit hardest by inequality and conflict. Their mission is to highlight underreported stories and utilize emerging technologies to create work that is both authentic and conscious. . . . Here we are trying VR headsets, learning about 360 cameras, and imagining the stories we might tell with access to emerging technologies like VR and AR. We’re serious when we say, “stay tuned!” ✨🎥🌎🎬

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Shout out to this fab four: Miriam, Rose, Nyasha, and Eric!  This is them facilitating the training they developed for the Academy for Justice-Informed Practice at @cucs_nyc, a workforce training initiative for professionals who work with individuals with behavioral health needs and justice involvement in NYC. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This dream team heads to CUCS regularly to share best practices and foster collaboration between professionals working with justice-involved women across different systems.  The Academy believes an educated workforce is critical to reducing recidivism, enhancing public safety, and fostering recovery among justice-involved people with behavioral health needs and we're happy to be a part of its efforts! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀