RestoreHER ADVOCACY

RestoreHER efforts in advocacy is rooted in our policy work aimed to end mass incarceration of women, which includes our National Dignity Campaign successfully passing the Dignity For Incarcerated Women Act in 21 states and advocating our current legislation the Women's CARE Act which provides childbirth alternatives, resources, and education to end prison birth of incarcerated women. RestoreHER also provided advocacy that was instrumental in the of passing the historical First Step Act which included providing the language in HR5682, banning shackling of women in federal custody. Our other campaigns include Out Of Isolation, Into Action to end solitary confinement and D.A.T.A. Is Life advocating data collection of incarcerated women. RestoreHER's advocacy has also led to the passing of SB105 Probation Reform which allows Georgians to terminate their probation in three years.

 

RestoreHER reinforces our advocacy through education and leadership based in a number of programs mobilizing formerly incarcerated women and organizing incarcerated pregnant women through a grassroots approach such as TRASH (Traumatic Realities American Society Hides), RRR (Renew, Rebuild, Restore) Fellowship, D.A.T.A. (Data Access, Transparency, and Accountability) Research, HERhealth, HERhouse, HERcommunity, DLA (Dignity LeadHERship Alliance), and Unlocked Minds. RestoreHER programing provides curriculum and media centered in the leadership of lived experience to articulate timely relevant information and insight for policymakers to make changes for dignity, health, restoration of rights, parole/probation, and diversion programs. RestoreHER advocacy includes “best practices” and “know your rights” through white paper, toolkits, and online materials to promote policy change.

RestoreHER believes in the leadership of directly impacted people in the forefront spearheading the changes needed for criminal justice transformation. RestoreHER utilizes our partnerships, extensive justice involved network, collaboration of community, policy makers, and various entities to cultivate the expertise from the direct personal experiences of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women of color in the south within the criminal justice system. RestoreHER has a vision to transform the criminal legal system through the participatory process of directly impacted women that will produce justice impacted leaders, lawyers, lobbyists, legislators, judges, and politicians.

National DIGNITY Campaign

RestoreHER US.America leads the National "DIGNITY" Campaign that advocates conditions of confinement and alternative sentencing through state and federal legislations, Dignity For Incarcerated Women Act and Women's CARE Act (WCA).

 

The Dignity For Incarcerated Women Act collaborates with justice-involved women, communities, and stakeholders to expand shackling and solitary confinement legislation throughout the country, currently assisting in the passing of Dignity Bills in 21states.

The Women's C.A.R.E(Childbirth Alternatives, Resources, and Education) Act will provide alternative solutions for pregnant women in Georgia. Pregnant women will be deferred not to start their prison sentence until 12 weeks postpartum. This legislation is imperative to the welfare and harm reduction of the directly impacted pregnant women. 

Out of Isolation

RestoreHER is spearheading the amendment of legislation HB345 to include juveniles and mentally ill community (vulnerable populations). RestoreHER is a partner with Southern Center for Human Rights creating the campaign, Out Of Isolation, Into Action. We will lead the efforts in GA including extensive community education through events, webinars, and social media communication. Out Of Isolation, Into Action Fellowship will provide leadership training to solitary impacted people to advocate the harmful effects solitary confinement as part of the national campaign with Unlock The Box.

HERhouse

RestoreHER believes in the safe security of stable housing of justice-involved women. HERhouse uses the SAFE housing model to provide emergency and supportive rental housing throughout Georgia and Alabama. Emergency shelter for justice involved women returning to the community homeless and rental living space for directly impacted women that face discrimination due to criminal backgrounds for a felony conviction.

Renew Rebuild Restore Fellowship

RestoreHER Founder, Pamela Winn created a curriculum that offers a comprehensive wellness, rehabilitation, and leadership program that was awarded the 2019 Soros Justice Fellowship.

 

The curriculum is derived from a "participatory process" that combines the lived experiences of directly impacted women and an advisory board of seasoned professionals through three components: RENEW your mind, REBUILD your life, and RESTORE your rights. The uniqueness of the curriculum is that it’s the first and only that combines diversion through trauma care, wellness, socio-economic referrals, reentry self-help tools, and leadership training to advance the quality of life, create opportunities, and promote policy change. Go to www.restoreher.info to complete an application for enrollment.

T.R.A.S.H.

T.R.A.S.H. (Traumatic Realities American Society Hides) highlights the "real" stories of lived experiences of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women with the criminal justice system.

 

T.R.A.S.H. brings awareness and educates the community of the unmeet needs and torturous treatment of women that perpetuates more harm leaving women to return home in a worse condition than when they entered the criminal justice system.

HERhealth

HERhealth promotes health and economic equity for justice involved women of color. RestoreHER recognizes the deficiency of gyencological and obstetric care for women of color in the south. In partnership with SisterLove, our mobile unit will provide routine perinatal and gynecological care in rural Georgia's 70 counties without women's healthcare. RestoreHER maintains a USDA farming license to integrate education, promote wellness, and entrepreneurship in growing food and beekeeping. Justice involved women learn how to grow their own food, create community gardens, and sell their products to local businesses and at farmer's markets.

D.A.T.A.

RestoreHER is launching the D.A.T.A. (Data Access for Transparency and Accountability) IS LIFE campaign to reintroduce data collection of maintaining recorded data of all women, pregnancies, and outcomes inclusive of juveniles and mentally ill for state, county, private, and local correctional facilities located in the state of Georgia. We have partnered with GSU Alonzo A. Crim Center to obtain "real time" data. If you are justice-involved complete the survey at www.restoreher.info

UNLOCKED MINDS

RestoreHER in partnership with the Spelman College Social Justice Program have created “UNLOCKED MINDS”, a dual certificate program at Whitworth Women’s Facility.

 

Unlocked Minds provides literary stimulation, addresses social and rehabilitative concerns, and wellness with plans to incorporate college credit courses to justice-involved women throughout GDC as well as formerly incarcerated women.  

I.M.P.P.A.C.T.

Informing Marginalized Peoples Power And Cultivating Transformation (ImPPacT) is a coalition of directly impacted led organizations across Georgia initiated by RestoreHER. The coalition is comprised of 5 justice impacted Black women led organizations that include ReNforce, Women On The Rise, Woman With A Plan, and New Life-Second Chance OutreachImPPacT seeks to mobilize, educate, register, and engage more than 100K eligible Georgians with felony convictions to exercise their right to vote. Decarceration in our view goes far beyond closing jails and prisons, it is about engaging directly impacted people to come together, to mobilize our leadership and leverage our collective power to neutralize collateral consequences. ImPPact unites our voices and our vote to choose the representatives, the issues that will impact their lives, and resources needed to improve the health and safety of their communities. www.imPPact.us

IMPACT App

RestoreHER identified that formerly incarcerated socioeconomic and healthcare needs of women were not being met when returning to the community due to lack of technology, transportation, awareness, and the plain lack of gender specific resources available. IMPACT App is our mobile app that bridges the gap of reentry, resources, and direct services to meet the needs of those who marginalized and returning to the community.

The IMPACT App resource database can be accessed on our programs site www.restoreher.info 

HERcommunity

RestoreHER has initiated an affordable shipping-living housing for ownership. HERcommunity will provide economic equity and establish generational wealth for directly impacted women, veterans, and marginalized people with an annual income of $30K. RestoreHER is actively seeking funding to purchase 50 acres and the development of land for more than 100 units in South Fulton, Georgia. Homeownership is the cornerstone of generational wealth to give hope, help, healing, and deserving for ALL people.

Dignity LeadHERship Alliance

Comprised of the collective leadership of justice impacted women who are successfully informing policy and advocating legislation across the country based on the expertise of their lived experience, the Dignity LeadHERship Alliance (DLA) is dedicated to creating a more equal and inclusive space in criminal justice reform by driving urgently needed policy for women currently and formerly incarcerated.