Join WWAV For Discussion on Women and the War on Drugs!

More Than Collateral Consequence: Women, Incarceration & the War on Drugs Wednesday, March 30, 2016 6:00-8:00PM @ RAE House, 1212 St. Bernard Ave. in New Orleans The U.S. Drug War has had a devastating impact on women and families, who have been greatly affected by harmful policies and laws. But so often the impact on women and girls is invisibilized. Join WWAV as we explore the … [Read more...]

WWAV Joins National and Local Drug-Reform Advocates in Hosting a One-Day Conference to Chart a Health-Based Approach to Drug Policy

Download New Directions Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 1, 2015 Contact: Desiree Evans Office: 504-301-0428 Email: desiree@wwav-no.org WWAV Joins National and Local Drug-Reform Advocates in Hosting a One-Day Conference to Chart a Health-Based Approach to Drug Policy Louisiana Leads Nation in Incarceration Rates; Prison Population Has Doubled in Last 20 Years, With … [Read more...]

Women With a Vision Hosts screening of “The House I Live In,” Winner of Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival

Download Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 1, 2015 Contact: Desiree Evans Office: 504-301-0428 Email: desiree@wwav-no.org Women With a Vision Hosts screening of “The House I Live In,” Winner of Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival Documentary Offers Poignant and Disturbing Look at Devastating Impact of War on Drugs on Families and Communities NEW ORLEANS, LA - … [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...]

Press Release: Louisianan Given 13-Year Prison Sentence for Possession of Two Marijuana Cigarettes

Amicus brief by Drug Policy Alliance Highlights Why Sentence is Cruel & Unusual and Urges Louisiana Supreme Court to Review Mr. Noble’s Sentence NEW ORLEANS—The Drug Policy Alliance filed an amicus brief Wednesday urging the Louisiana Supreme Court to review the egregious prison sentence of Bernard Noble, a 48-year old man who was sentenced to 13.3 years of hard labor in prison … [Read more...]

Highlights From the 2013 International Drug Policy Reform Conference

The movement to end the War on Drugs is a movement that grows stronger every day. In preparation for the Southern Harm Reduction and Drug Policy Conference here in New Orleans this week, check out highlight's from this fall's International Drug Policy Reform Conference held in Denver, Colorado, where more than 1,100 drug policy reformers came together. It was an amazing, energetic gathering … [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...]

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...]

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...]