Dignity for Incarcerated Women

Woman II Woman
A nonprofit organization by formerly incarcerated women for incarcerated women. We provide dignified re-entry services, parole hearing prep, and advocacy for the safety and dignity of incarcerated women in California.

 

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of incarcerated women have experienced physical or sexual abuse

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more women are currently incarcerated in the US than in 30 years ago

Safety & Dignity for Incarcerated Women

Women’s involvement in the justice system is largely tied to their experiences of male violence. A humane justice system must recognize the unique needs of female inmates.

Justice For Victims of State Abuse

Women in California’s correctional facilities are subject to violent abuse and harassment at the hands of  C.O.s or male prisoners housed to women’s facilities.

California SB 132

Keep Prisons Single Sex

California’s SB 132, passed in 2020, has been a disaster for incarcerated women. Any man can seek transfer to women’s facilities if he says he is “transgender.” He does not have to identify as a woman as long as he does not identify as a man. Women have already been raped, harassed, and punished by violent men placed in California women’s prisons. According to the LA Times, there have already been 255 male offenders who have requested transfer to women’s facilities in California based on this law. 

“I do not agree with SB 132… I am in fear over this. I am a victim of domestic violence and rape. What if one of these sex offenders that have their penises rapes us, then what?”

– Danielle F., currently incarcerated in California

Meet Our Team

Woman II Woman Board

Amie Ichikawa, Founder

Amie Ichikawa was incarcerated at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla for five years. She is now the founder of WomanIIWoman. She maintains contact with women in the Central California Women’s Facility and the California Institution for Women, serving as their advocate.

Rochelle Johnson

Rochelle Johnson a 47-year-old woman who has been incarcerated in the Central California Women’s Facility since she was 19. She hopes to use her experience in the justice system to help other women survive and succeed through their time in prison.

Tiasha Croslin

Tiasha (Tish) Croslin was incarcerated in the California correctional system from ages 15 through 35. She had to fight for the most basic of needs, like menstrual products, and was subjected to state abuse. Now that she out, she’s fighting to bring the injustices to an end.

Tyrina Griffin

Tyrina Griffin has a “heart of a tiger.” After spending ages 17 to 40 incarcerated in California, she has seen and survived it all. Tyrina is passionate about helping other women make it through parole suitability and successfully transition out of the justice system.

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Please consider making a donation to support our work. Funds raised will go to support direct services and legal advocacy to protect and defend women’s human rights, safety, and dignity.

Ever since SB 132 was passed i have been living in constant fear. I understand, yes, I am in prison. However, I am a survivor of abuse — so to have men incarcerated along side of me is fearsome. I have already been in an altercation with one… how can our safety be secure? 

Anonymous

Currently incarcerated in California