Families Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism
Date:  10-07-2015

Women Who Never Give-Up Host "Project Freedom" Annual Symposium
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Women Who Never Give-Up Host “Project Freedom” Annual Symposium Calling for Family-Based Models of Re-Entry and Recidivism Reduction

Contact: Gale Muhammad, Women Who Never Give-Up Inc., 609-346-2521

Washington, D.C. - Women Who Never Give-Up (WWNG), a New Jersey-based nonprofit committed to criminal justice reform and community enrichment, is hosting their annual symposium on Friday, October 9, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

The event is both a call to action for advocates and lawmakers as well as a commemoration of the organization’s 10-years of advocacy on behalf of the families most affected by harmful criminal justice policies.

“We find ourselves, as a country, at a crucial moment,” says Gale Muhammad, WWNG president and founder. "While the whole country is now talking about mass incarceration and a broken corrections system, we still often see the families and loved ones of incarcerated people left out of the conversation. We are proud of the work that we’ve done, in partnership with so many others, and we are happy with the strides that Congress seems to be taking. We need, however, more than just bipartisan support for criminal justice reform bills; we need the real experts at the table, identifying the problems and brainstorming tangible solutions. The real experts are, and have always been, the families."

"Project Freedom," the name of WWNG’s Annual Symposium, will focus on bringing together all parties—returning citizens, their families and supporters, legislators, reform advocates, and other allies—to foster discussion regarding the path toward true criminal justice reform.

Echoing the WWNG mission that has fueled a decade of important grassroots organizing, Muhammad continues, "Now is the time to push for healing, and that will require a much stronger focus on consulting, educating, and empowering families in making these necessary changes."

The symposium will be held in Room 188 of the Senate Russell Building, Washington, D.C., from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public.