Public Policy and Advocacy

WPA supports policy changes that will produce better outcomes for justice-involved women, families, and communities.  WPA’s Executive Director, Georgia Lerner and Board Vice President, Piper Kerman, regularly appear on panels, at roundtables, and at conferences to ensure that women are represented in discourse about criminal justice reform.  

Women's Leadership & Media Project

Graduates with Piper KermanThe Women's Leadership and Media Project (WLMP) is a training program for justice-involved women who seek to achieve criminal justice reform.  

After extensive leadership training, WLMP graduates commit to public speaking engagements, take media interviews, and write policy and advocacy-driven pieces to raise awareness of criminal justice issues through the lens of those most affected by the system.

Participants have the opportunity to learn from field experts, speak in public, engage in lively discussion, meet people with shared experiences, and experience a “behind the scenes” view of both written and visual media.

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WLMP's application period is now closed.  Inquiries: please contact Diana McHugh, Director of Communications, at

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WLMP graduates in the news: 

Raising Kids in the System via CNN 

3 Women On What It’s Like to Re-Enter The Workplace After Incarceration via Career Contessa 

How One Woman's Sexual Abuse Resulted in Years Behind Bars via Marie Claire

This Art Gallery Proactively Hires Justice-Involved Women via JusticeTalk

WLMP Graduate Portfolio 

"WPA envisions a community where our reliance on incarceration as a default response to harm has been replaced by constructive, community-driven, and community-enhancing responses."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