Success Stories

For more than 170 years, WPA has partnered with justice-involved women and their families. Theirs are stories of courage, resilience, fortitude, gratitude, and second chances.  We invite you to meet some of the women and children that WPA has had the privilege of working with over the years, as they share their personal journey into, through, and out of the criminal justice system. We hope you are as inspired as we are everyday.

                  Tamika' Story                                             Michette's Story        

Tamika Success Story         Michette

                  Abria's Story         



Darlene is fifty-five years old and has been living with HIV since 2005. Darlene was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and held at the Rose M. Singer Correctional Facility on Rikers Island. Read More >


I grew up in the foster care system, and by my mid-20’s, I had four children of my own. My life was never stable. Read More >


I always tell people that my son saved my life, but it was at WPA that I found the strength to stay sober. Read More >


I am an artist and a miracle. Read More >

"WPA envisions a community where our reliance on incarceration as a default response to harm has been replaced by constructive, community-driven, and community-enhancing responses."
- Georgia Lerner, WPA's Executive Director
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