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Helping “Invisible” Mothers and Their Families

Sentencing alternatives for incarcerated mothers, such as family-based treatment programs, promote evidence-based outcomes and cost-effective approaches–and honors the sacred ties between mothers and their children.

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In Labor and In Chains

Using restraints on women in prison during labor and delivery is cruel, inhumane and degrading and rarely justified on security grounds. Our video profiles a woman shackled during childbirth.

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Repubican Senator’s Obsession with Being a Wise Latina

Repubican Senator’s Obsession with Being a Wise Latina.

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The Common Ground Honor Code

Despite its worthy mission,
the White House common ground agenda needs some serious tweaking. There
is a need to reframe the agenda in a larger discourse of honoring motherhood
and honoring the sacredness of women and girls’ lives.

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Giving Neda and Iran’s Women Honor

Malika Saada Saar writes in her reader diary, “I write these words to give honor to Neda and the other Iranian women who dare the brutality of the Basij and military forces, and fearlessly raise their voices against crushing tyranny.”

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An Open Letter to Chris Brown and Rihanna

Please know that I recognize the need for privacy during a time of tragedy and attempted healing. But I ask that you consider how this might be a teaching moment that recognizes the sacredness of women and girls’ lives.

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To Be Free from Gender Violence: Our Most Basic Human Right

Here in the United States, where the rights of freedom and equality define our history of struggle, American women and girls do not possess a freedom to live out our full potential — unencumbered by violence.

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Mothering as a Reproductive Right

Where is the reproductive rights community in the over-incarceration of mothers and the almost systematic severance in the mother and child relationship as a result of maternal incarceration?

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A New Reproductive Rights Discourse

A new reproductive health movement must include language about mothering with dignity. For vulnerable mothers, mothering with dignity means opportunities to heal from sexual violence, child welfare practices, education, and alternative sentencing to maternal incarceration and sentencing reform.

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