Join WWAV on Sept. 14th for a Forum on Accessing Healthcare After Prison!

Please join Women With a Vision, Inc. and other organizations on Monday, September 14th from 6-8PM for a community forum on accessing health care after prison! Download Flyer … [Read more...]

Join WWAV for a Webinar on Stigma and Criminalization of Infectious Diseases

Women With a Vision is co-sponsoring a webinar on infectious disease and stigma this Thursday, October 23rd at 1PM CST! Join us! Webinar: Stigma and Criminalization of Infectious Diseases: Building Bridges Across Issues, Communities, and Movements Thursday, October 23, 1pm-2:30pm CT REGISTER TODAY! In our collective focus on HIV and the stigma that accompanies it, we often lose sight of … [Read more...]

WWAV and BreakOUT Co-Sponsor “Out in the Night” screening with the New Orleans Film Festival!

Women with a Vision, Inc. and BreakOUT in collaboration with the New Orleans Film Festival present a screening and discussion of "Out in the Night." "Out in the Night" is a documentary film by blair dorosh-walther examining the 2006 case of the New Jersey 4, four young, black lesbian friends from Newark who were charged with assault when they defended themselves against an attack. Out in the … [Read more...]

WWAV Joins Coalition of Organizations in Denouncing Enhanced Sentence for Pregnant Woman

On October 7th, 2014, Women With a Vision joined a coalition of 48 reproductive justice, drug policy reform, women's rights, and civil liberties organizations in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder calling on the U.S. Department of Justice, decrying the enhanced sentencing of a Tennessee woman for being pregnant when she committed a crime. Download and share the letter here (pdf) and … [Read more...]

Blog: Louisiana Sex Workers Deserve Respect and Options

On September 23rd, 2014, fourteen women were arrested in Baton Rouge following an undercover operation, or what authorities are calling a "prostitution sting." Read Women With a Vision's Emerge Program Coordinator's statement discussing the implications of these arrests for marginalized women in the state of Louisiana and the continued way state and local lawmakers are supportive of policies … [Read more...]

WTUL Features WWAV on Reproductive Justice and the criminalization of Black women

WTUL News and Views spoke with Women With A Vision this morning about the ignored and suppressed history of the Reproductive Justice struggle, how the voices and issues of women of color have been oppressed and criminalized, and what criminalization and justice look like in the age of Renisha McBride, Marissa Alexander, and countless others. Listen here at WTUL 91.5 FM! … [Read more...]

Blog: On Violence, the Black Body & Reproductive Justice

Women With a Vision's Program Assistant, Mwende Katwiwa wrote a blog post entitled, Violence, the Black Body, and Reproductive Justice, exploring the historical legacy of violence against black bodies and linking it to our struggle for Reproductive Justice. Read and share here!   … [Read more...]

Join WWAV at the “Ending Violence, Ending Criminalization” Conference August 9th!

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs is holding their annual Regional Training Academy in New Orleans this year! Co-sponsors and local hosts of the event are BreakOUT!, along with support from Women with a Vision, Inc. and the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans. Join us for an all-day mini conference on talking through strategies to end violence in LGBTQ communities in New … [Read more...]

WWAV Staff to Present at Rethinking Mass Incarceration in the South conference!

The staff of Women With a Vision will be leading a panel discussion at the upcoming conference on mass incarceration in the South, to be held at the University of Mississippi from April 13-15, 2014. From the Rethinking Mass Incarceration in the South conference website: As a region, the South is comprised of two states that continue to imprison the most persons per capita in the U.S.: … [Read more...]

WWAV Joins LGBTQ and Allied Organizations in Statement of Solidarity

Statement of the LGBTQ March and Rally for Safety Through Solidarity As members of the LGBTQ community in New Orleans, we support the safety and well-being of our community and of all New Orleanians. We believe that increased police presence and the continuing expansion of the prison-industrial complex[1] is not the way to make our community safer. The LGBT March and Rally Against Violence to … [Read more...]

Tune in Superbowl Sunday to see Deon Haywood on Melissa Harris-Perry!

Women With a Vision's Executive Director Deon Haywood will be on msnbc's Melissa Harris Perry Show this Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. EST. Deon will appear on a panel entitled, "Sex, Money, and the Super Bowl," and she will be joining an array of guests including Dave Zirin, Sports Editor at The Nation, Joy Reid, Managing Editor of, and Yamiche Alcindor, National Reporter at … [Read more...]

Louisiana Fuels HIV Epidemic: Criminal Laws, Police Practices Put Sex Workers, Drug Users at Risk – Human Rights Watch Report

Reprinted With Permission by Human Rights Watch's Megan McLemore (New York, December 11, 2013) – Louisiana state laws and practices that prohibit access to sterile syringes and criminalize sex work contribute to an uncontrolled HIV epidemic and an extremely high AIDS death rate, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The AIDS death rate in Louisiana is more than double the US … [Read more...]

Office on Violence Against Women Supports Launch of a New WWAV Program on Domestic Violence

WWAV is thrilled to announce that, with the support of the Office on Violence Against Women, we will be launching a new program on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking for African American women and LBTQ women in New Orleans.  Through this program, we will raise awareness and address stigma surrounding violence against African American women, provide twice monthly … [Read more...]

Deon Haywood on MHP: Race, Gender and the Harm of the Criminal Justice System

On Sunday, September 29, 2013, WWAV’s Executive Director, Deon Haywood, joined Ari Melber, co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle;” Seema Iyer, Legal Contributor at Arise News; and Faith Gay, Attorney for Marissa Alexander, on the Melissa Harris-Perry show. This panel was brought together around two important issues affecting women’s incarceration: first, the announcement of a New York initiative to … [Read more...]

Women With A Vision Kicks Off Community Voices Project

More than a year after the arson attack that destroyed our Mid-City offices, Women With A Vision has been working hard to rebuild our physical infrastructure, to rebuild a home that would provide a safe space for our clients, and in which we will be able to serve our community through educational services, harm reduction resources, and programs focusing on improving the lives of women and their … [Read more...]