Grantee Partners

The Fund’s approach to the issue of mass incarceration is multi-pronged, supporting 4 key approaches:

Broad based community and systems change

Leadership development of directly impacted women and system impacted family and community leaders

Community solutions alongside capacity/field building

Grantee Partners

The grant recipients of The Fund include:

A Little Piece of Light

Facilitating healing for women, girls and gender-fluid individuals who are directly impacted by trauma and involvement in the criminal justice system.

Brooklyn, NY

Alliance of Families for Justice

Empowering families in the neighborhoods most impacted by mass incarceration to act on their own behalf and mobilize others in the process of closing Rikers Island and reshaping the proposed borough based facilities, including what services they will offer.

Brooklyn, NY

Center for Justice (Columbia University Board of Trustees)

Ending mass incarceration and criminalization, and advancing alternative approaches to justice and safety through education, research, and policy change.

New York, NY

Girl Vow, Inc.

Opening doors for girls who’ve been impacted by juvenile justice, poverty, or the New York City foster care system through education, mentorship, and life skills training.

Bronx, NY

Good Call NYC

Provide those affected by arrests with as much transparency as possible about the legal process and system, regardless of income, race and sex.

Brooklyn, NY

JustLeadershipUSA Community

Advancing the #CLOSERikers campaign to educate and give voice to those directly impacted by the justice system as the city plans for borough-based jail facilities, helping to develop community solutions for decarceration, advocating for community reinvestments and averting system re-engagement.

New York, NY

Justice for Families, LTD

A national alliance of local organizations committed to ending the youth incarceration epidemic.

Sulphur, LA

Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice

Engagement of community members in advocacy to ensure effective long-term systemic change, pushing for legislative changes at the city and state level as well as developing community engagement strategies to get direct input in each borough on the plans for new jail facilities.

Brooklyn, NY

Ladies of Hope Ministries

Creating alternatives to incarceration, decarceration and post incarceration opportunities by providing access to resources for education, entrepreneurship, and sustainability through advocacy.

New York, NY

LatinoJustice PRLDEF

LatinoJustice works to create a more just society by using and challenging the rule of law to secure transformative, equitable and accessible justice, by empowering our community and by fostering leadership through advocacy and education.

New York, NY

Mekong NYC

Mekong NYC is a social justice organization that brings dignity and value to the lives of Southeast Asians in the Bronx and throughout New York City.

Bronx, NY

Pure Legacee NYC

Providing an alternative to incarceration and homelessness for girls who are directly impacted by the criminal justice system and aging out of foster care.

Brooklyn, NY

Rise Magazine

Supporting parents’ leadership to dismantle the current child welfare system, eliminate cycles of harm, surveillance and punishment and create communities that invest in families and offer collective care, healing and support.

New York, NY

STEPS to End Family Violence (Rising Ground)

Survivor-Centered Advocacy Project is a vibrant, media-based advocacy project that uses the vital and underrepresented narratives of criminalized survivors to advance the work of the #CLOSErikers campaign. Through the creation of multi-media products the voices, experiences and vision of criminalized survivors will be included in the ULURP process and other citywide efforts to end mass incarceration for women and families.

New York, NY

Sylvia Rivera Law Project

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence.

New York, NY

The Bronx Defenders

Community engagement, education, and policy advocacy work supporting the closure of Rikers Island to integrate community input into City plans and criminal justice reforms that promote decarceration citywide and statewide.

Bronx, NY

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC

Partnering with community members at local organizations to form theatre troupes. These troupes devise and perform plays based on their challenges confronting economic inequality, racism, and other social, health and human rights injustices.

New York, NY

Transgender Law Center

Transgender Law Center changes law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

Oakland, CA


VOCAL-NY is a statewide grassroots membership organization that builds power among low-income people directly impacted by HIV/AIDS, the drug war, mass incarceration, and homelessness.

Brooklyn, NY

Women's Community Justice Association (Beyond Rosie's)

WCJA’s goal is to find a clear and quick path to close Rosie’s, and focus on three core initiatives that advance justice for women.

New York, NY

Youth Represent

An organization with a mission to ensure that young people affected by the criminal justice system are afforded every opportunity to reclaim lives of dignity, self-fulfillment, and engagement in their communities.

New York, NY

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