Advocates for public policy reform, justice and dignity for vulnerable families.
The Rebecca Project for Human Rights (RPHR) is a national legal and policy organization that advocates for public policy reform, justice and dignity for vulnerable families.
We Work to:
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.
•Train mother and girl advocates to educate policymakers for sensible criminal justice, child welfare, public health and economic policy reforms.
•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.
•Persuade public policy makers 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.
•Reform the child welfare system to expand family treatment capacity for at risk mothers and children.
At Local Level
•Create a Co-Madre ("mothering with") network in Washington DC with the goal of women and mothers supporting one another across the divides of racial, economic and educational differences.
•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, civil society.
•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 prioritized.
•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