RestoreHER is founded and lead by transformative peer to peer leadHERship of justice-involved women of directly impacted women of trauma, convictions, incarceration, post-incarceration, and incarcerated pregnant women. The founder, staff, and general board are composed directly impacted women of color of the south. RestoreHER also maintains an "Advisory" board that addresses is composed the social determinants of criminalization and intersectionality through engagement in a participatory research process relying upon women with direct experience and other experts including academia/research, medical, legal, and public policy. Through this process we will work toward a set of principles and advocate policies that support the too often ignored needs of directly impacted women of color and incarcerated pregnant women.
PAMELA WINN, FOUNDER
Pamela Winn is an activist from Atlanta, GA that studied Biology at Spelman College, obtained three post-secondary degrees in Nursing, and worked more than 10 years as a Registered Nurse specializing in Women’s Health prior to serving a 78 month federal sentence for a white-collar crime while pregnant, shackled, causing her to fall and miscarry, then placed in solitary confinement .
Pamela Winn is the founder of RestoreHER US.America, a policy advocacy reentry organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of directly impacted women and work in partnership with those women to end the mass incarceration of women of color and pregnant women. Pamela led RestoreHER to spearhead the unanimous passage of HB345, #DIGNITY For Incarcerated Women GA. Pamela is also co-founded the newly organized Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network (FICGN) which promotes higher education of convicted people. She founder of the National Advisory Board of Pregnant Women In Prison, serves on the Women’s Advisory Board with Human Impact Partners, Board Member of Motherhood Beyond Bars, and developed a Bill of Rights For Incarcerated Pregnant People. Pamela serves on the Advisory Council for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT).
Pamela Winn was invited to to the White House for the first Prison Reform Summit and Criminal Justice Reform Summit where she spoke on Women’s Issues and also included her language for pregnant women in federal custody, which was instrumental in the historical passage of First Step Act.
Pamela is known as "The Face of Dignity For Incarcerated Women". She has been featured in Essence Magazine, “She The People” as well as “ATL’s Most Inspiring” in Voyage ATL magazine and many other media article. She has been a speaker on numerous podcasts, panels, and keynote across the nation including Spelman College, St. Olaf College, Emory University, Sacred Heart University, FSU Institute for Justice Research and Development, Association For Justice-Involved Females and Organizations (AJFO) 2019, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, ForeverFamily, 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance, and Dignity For Incarcerated Women Roundtable with Senator Cory Booker.
Pamela Winn is a 2017 Leading with Conviction Fellow of JustLeadershipUSA, 2018 Erin J. Vuley Fellow with Feminist Women’s Center, 2019 Community Change Women’s Leadership Fellow, and 2019 Soros Justice Fellow.
Nicole Wiesen, MSW
Nicole Wiesen is an activist from Atlanta, GA that studied Social Work at Barry University in Miami Florida. There, she obtained a Bachelor’s and Master's degree in Clinical and Community Social Work and worked more than 10 years in mental health field and Department of Family and Children investigation unit, prior to serving a 17- month state sentence for violation of probation of a white collar crime.
Ms. Wiesen did not allow her sentence to burden her, instead she used the time to enhance the lives of the women at Whitworth Women’s Facility and Pulaski State Prison. Ms. Wiesen dedicated herself to assisting the Transgendered community to have the Human Rights upheld while in custody. Ms. Wiesen also advocated for the rights of the women to practice their given religious affiliation, with regard to food, religious items and holidays. Ms. Wiesen collaborated with a local law firm to ensure that the women’s parental rights were not terminated without notification due to their incarceration.
The General Board is composed of directly impacted women of color leading social justice in the south. These women are experts of "lived experience" as well as founders of organizations, executive directors, an attorney, doctorate graduate, licensed professionals, JLUSA alumni, and Soros Justice Fellows.
RestoreHER also maintains an Advisory Board that consist of women who are experts in their professional disciplines including more than 50 years of organizing, magistrate judge, attorneys, policy director, medical doctor, doctorate graduates, social worker, realtor, and public health specialist.
The RestoreHER Boards address the social determinants of criminalization and intersectionality through engagement in a participatory research process relying upon women with direct experience and other experts including academia/research, medical, legal, and public policy. Through this process we will work toward a set of principles and advocate policies that support the too often ignored needs of directly impacted women of color and incarcerated pregnant women.