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...]

Deon Haywood Presents at FREE HER Legislative Conference!

WWAV's Executive Director Deon Haywood will be presenting at the FREE HER Legislative Advocacy Conference this August 4-5th, 2015 at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute at Harvard Law School. She will be speaking on a panel covering legislative advocacy and political organizing based on the work of Women With a Vision. This two-day conference brings justice involved women and allies together … [Read more...]

WWAV Presents on Diversion Program at Criminal Justice Hearing

Check out the video of WWAV's Crossroads Diversion Program Coordinator, Leslie Tyler Davis, and our Gender-Based Violence Program Coordinator, Rebecca Atkinson, presenting on "The Intersection of Criminal Justice and Social Justice" to the Criminal Justice Committee of the New Orleans City Council. The presentation is at the beginning of the meeting (read the press release here). … [Read more...]

WWAV Announces Crossroads Diversion Program

Crossroads Press Release (PDF) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 22, 2014 CONTACT: Leslie Davis Phone: 504-301-0428 E-mail: WWAV ANNOUNCES CROSSROADS DIVERSION PILOT PROGRAM An alternative to incarceration that offers counseling, skills workshops, and leadership development for women arrested for involvement in street-based sex work On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Women … [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...]

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...]

WWAV’s Digital Storytelling Project to Battle Stigma, Stereotypes

In today's media environment, we often see popular messaging coming from the top down that attempts to solve "problems" in marginalized communities, allowing voices from outside these communities to speak about the health and lives of women, queer, and transgender people. In many ways the mass media can contribute to the inequities and isolation of already-marginalized populations, shaping the … [Read more...]

July 25th – WWAV is Holding Space with Formerly Incarcerated Women

This Thursday WWAV is launching our Community Voices Project with Never Going Back, a safe space for women who have been to jail or prison to talk about their experiences and share their stories. Whether you've spent a night in jail or years in prison, we know that the criminal justice system has taken its toll on you and your family. This is an evening for you! For more than twenty years, WWAV … [Read more...]

WWAV Launches the Community Voices Project

The women and LGBTQ people that WWAV supports continue to bear the scars of the war on drugs, mass incarceration, systemic poverty, HIV/AIDS and domestic violence. This summer, WWAV is bringing together community members to discuss the social justice and structural health issues that affect women and the LGBTQ community in the city most. Download a copy of the flyer here. July 25th: Never … [Read more...]