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Our Mission

The Women & Justice Project (WJP), a project of Tides,   

advances the leadership and builds the power of women directly impacted by incarceration to transform the criminal justice system. 

WJP’s guiding principle is that girls and women most directly impacted by the criminal justice system have the right to be and should be leaders in efforts to transform that system and the conditions that drive that system. 

WJP believes we must shift from a society that uses incarceration as a response to social and economic issues, criminalizes and dehumanizes people of color and people from low-income communities, and prioritizes punishment, to one that addresses root causes of incarceration, values each person’s inherent dignity and right to reach her full potential, and addresses harm through a transformative approach that promotes healing, accountability and repair.  Through advocacy, organizing, culture change work and facilitating the leadership of women directly impacted by incarceration, WJP aims to catalyze our collective ability to transform the criminal justice system and create a just and loving world for women and all people.


To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Women & Justice Project, please make your check/money order payable to Women & Justice Project/Tides Center, write Women & Justice Project in the memo line, and mail to:   

Women & Justice Project
PO Box 720807
Jackson Heights, NY‎ 11372

Our fiscal sponsor, Tides Center is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and your contribution will be tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Questions? Please contact laura@womenandjusticeproject.org    

Check out recent projects and media


Forced To Serve 10 Years In A Men’s Prison, A Trans Activist Demands Change, December 15, 2017

BuzzFeed, Keila Pulinario Thought Prison Was Tough. Then She Had To Find A Job, December 7, 2017

Watch Our Recent Film! I Was Like the Sun: Children of Formerly Incarcerated Mothers Speak About The Women’s Building    

The Nation, This Building Was Once a Notorious Women’s Prison. Now It’s Becoming a Center for Feminist Organizing, February 22, 2017.  

The Huffington Post, Notorious New York Prison Is Reclaimed By The Women It Once Caged, January 18, 2017. 

   The Culture Trip’s Bayview Series: Rising from the Wreck, March 7, 2017. 

 The Culture Trip’s Bayview Series: Transformative Power of Art, March 6, 2017. 

 The Culture Trip’s Bayview Series: Women & the Prison System, March 2, 2017. 

The New York Times, Former Prison for Women to Become a Place That Serves Them, November 11, 2015. 

The Village Voice, A Women's Prison in Chelsea Will Be Transformed, November 21, 2016. 

The Huffington Post, Providing Free Pads And Tampons To Incarcerated Women Is About More Than Hygiene, June 2016. 

Public News Service, Cuomo Signs Anti-Shackling Bill into Law, December 24, 2015. 

The Huffington Post, New York Bans ‘Barbaric’ Practice Of Shackling Pregnant Inmates, December 23, 2015. 

State of New York Press Release, Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Prohibit Shackling of Pregnant Inmates During Transportation, December 22, 2015. 

    MomsRising, New York Expands the Rights of Pregnant Women Not to Be Shackled, December 22, 2015.  

The Nation, Survivors of Domestic Violence Deserve Clemency, Not Prison Cells, December 21, 2015. 

The Nation, After Giving Birth, These Women Were Placed in Handcuffs, Leg Irons, and Waist Chains, December 2, 2015.  

The Huffington Post, The U.S. Is Depressingly Good At Putting Women Behind Bars, November 24, 2015. 

The Huffington Post, Inside A Notorious Women’s Prison Before Its Revolutionary Makeover, November 5, 2015. 


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Check out these powerful materials from our Transformation from the Inside Out event on January 14, 2017.  

On this day, women directly impacted by incarceration reclaimed the former Bayview prison with over 300 allies 

and formally marked Bayview's transformation into The Women's Building.  

For more info about The Women's Building, visit www.womensbuildingnyc.org