The Rebecca Project for Human Rights (RPHR) is a transformational organization that advocates for justice, dignity and reform for vulnerable women and girls in the United States and in Africa.
At the National and State Level
- Address the unacceptable levels of gendered violence, poverty and exploitation to improve the status of women and girls at the margins of society.
- Conduct leadership and advocacy workshops to train mother and girl advocates to advocate for sensible criminal justice, child welfare, public health and economic policy reforms for themselves and their communities.
- Improve conditions of confinement for female prisoners.
- Advocate for alternative sentencing to maternal incarceration to provide non-violent offenders with histories of addiction and sexual victimization, access to community-based, quality education, job training, and treatment services.
- Address the birth, to sexual violence, to incarceration pipeline that entrenches low-income girls in poverty, addiction, and sub-standard educational achievement.
- Advocate to expand family-treatment capacity for mothers and children, based on family treatment's successful outcomes in family stability, child well-being, cost-savings, and lowered recidivism rates.
- Advocate to reform child welfare system to expand family treatment capacity for at risk mothers and children.
At Local Level
- Support and create programs in Washington DC to empower and educate young girls; to provide access to artistic expression and development, as well as economic and educational opportunities.
The Rebecca Project works diligently to reform intersecting health, child welfare and criminal justice policies. Our goals arise from the
abiding belief that:
Families should have an opportunity to raise their children with dignity.
- Children deserve lives of safety, stability, and love.
- Sexual and physical violence against our women and children precipitates the trauma that often leads to involvement in addiction
and the criminal justice system. Violence against families desecrates
our sacredness and must be rendered unacceptable in every democratic,
- It is far more costly and emotionally detrimental to separate parent and child as a matter of general policy. Instead, placements in
comprehensive long-term treatment and alternative sentencing should be
- Communities should be the voice and catalysts for institutional and systemic policy change.
Leaders who advocate for change should come directly from families in our vulnerable communities.
- Well-trained parent-advocate leaders create safe, strong, and stable communities for their families.