Essie’s Sisterhood (membership body) is a loving and powerful community of women with incarcerated loved ones. We are building a membership of fierce advocates for race and gender justice—a membership that includes: Black and Latinx women, formerly and currently incarcerated women, transgender women, and gender nonconforming people. We come together to break isolation, heal, and build collective power as advocates for ourselves, our families, and our communities.
You don’t have to endure a loved one’s incarceration alone. Our signature nine-week Healing to Advocacy program brings women and gender nonconforming (GNC) people who are enduring a loved one’s incarceration in isolation into a loving and powerful membership body. To date, Essie has launched 34 cohorts across California, including 2 national cohorts that have connected women with incarcerated loved ones across the country, mobilizing graduates as leaders in healing justice and decarceration campaigns.
Our Healing to Advocacy cohorts are run by trained facilitators—Healing to Advocacy program graduates who undergo a comprehensive training program to equip them with the skills, confidence and tools needed to lead cohorts from start to finish with limited staff involvement. All cohorts follow three pillars: advocating for self, advocating for family, and advocating for community.