What Does Freedom Mean To Me?

Support WPA so women like Lovestar can be free!

“What does freedom mean to me? Last December it meant standing in the checkout line at the beauty supply store, waiting to buy a pair of earrings. To all the other holiday shoppers I must have looked like a regular 20-year-old. They couldn’t see the name of my abusive ex-boyfriend tattooed across my back. They weren’t there when he forced me to have sex with other men for money. And they definitely didn’t know that I’d just come home from Rikers Island and buying those earrings was my first taste of true freedom.” - Lovestar, JusticeHome graduate

JusticeHome is WPA’s alternative to incarceration program that helps women understand and address the factors that led to their arrest. Caring and committed staff support women as they heal from the past and redefine the future.

Like the thousands of women who have come to WPA before her, Lovestar was failed by too many systems that were supposed to help. But, JusticeHome was there for her. With the help of WPA, Lovestar confronted the cruelty and violence she endured. She addressed lifelong insecurities, found safe housing, and covered the tattoo on her back with a symbol of freedom.

Lovestar is incredibly special, yet her story is unfortunately common. Right now, there are hundreds of women on Rikers who, like Lovestar deserve more. Please make a gift to WPA so that we can advocate for women in court, bring them home, and help them reach the stars.

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"WPA envisions a community where our reliance on incarceration as a default response to harm has been replaced by constructive, community-driven, and community-enhancing responses."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