The American Friends Service Committee and Voices of Hope Productions joined forces to support, through the medium of film, community groups and policy organizations devoted to men and women returning home after incarceration. These three films are the result. A Failing System was a labor of love by Voices of Hope. No Where to Go and Healing Justice: Transformed Lives were made with the support of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Integrity House, and Women Who Never Give Up, Inc.
The next Friends of Iowa Women Prisoners meeting is at noon on Tues., May 18th at Wesley United Methodist Church, 800 East 12th. Bring your lunch. J Speaker is Marty Ryan, Legislative Advocate for Justice Reform Consortium.
On June 8, Robyn Mills, Chairperson of the Iowa Board of Corrections will be with us. This is a rare opportunity to come and hear about the duties of Board, who they represent and how they can and can't guide the direction and influence the policies of corrections in the state.
The STOPMAX Campaign, sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), works to eliminate the use of isolation and segregation in U.S. prisons.
Our strategies include research, grassroots organizing, public education and policy advocacy to abolish solitary confinement or reduce its use.
To lay the groundwork for the campaign, we researched the use of isolation in a cross-section of correctional facilities: state Departments of Corrections, Departments of Juvenile Corrections, and immigration detention centers.
The Healing Justice Program is seeks to change our system of justice from a paradigm of retribution to one of healing and transformative justice that seeks to restore wholeness to individuals and communities.
This new system is informed by Quaker philosophy, by models developed in Indigenous communities and other Communities of Color, and by prisoners and formerly incarcerated individuals and their families.
AFSC is active with Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and is working for a moratorium on executions in Missouri.
Kadi (far right), her two sisters, and their father, with a photo of their mother who was deported in 2002.
The Newark office is home to the Immigrant Rights Program, the New Jersey base of the Healing Justice Program, and the online home for the New York Metro Internship Project.
The Immigrant Rights Program integrates legal services, advocacy, and organizing, providing legal representation in challenging immigration cases and also ensuring that immigrant voices in New Jersey and beyond are heard in policy debates. The program responds to myths about immigrants through presentations and media work.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
Where we work
AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.