WPA empowers women to redefine their lives in the face of injustice and incarceration. Together, we forge pathways toward freedom, safety, and independence.

834%

In Four Decades

The number of women in prison is skyrocketing at twice the rate of men

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WPA Established

The nation's first
organization for women impacted by incarceration

Freedom.

We believe women belong with their families and not behind bars.

Safety.

We offer safe spaces to live, heal, and grow.

Safety.

We offer safe spaces to live, heal, and grow.

Independence.

We honor each woman's experience and empower her to make supportive community connections.

In The News

Keeping Mothers Out of Jail (CNN)

“I think the biggest misconception is that you have to be a criminal to be in jail, like a misfit or degenerate or there’s got to be something wrong with you.”

Women Are Surviving Lifetimes of Violence (Medium)

“Supporting survivors with healing and growth can be challenging — and we are committed to providing patient and enduring partnership"

The Sex Abuse to Prison Pipeline (Marie Claire)

“I relapsed because I went back to what I knew would comfort me. I felt at that point, drugs were all I had.”