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" I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own."  -
- Audre Lorde

GOAL    $500,000

RAISED $220,000

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CJI works to end mass incarceration and criminalization throughout the country. We do this by forming giving circles that raise and grant funds to grassroots organizing groups & organizations.   Our giving is explicitly inspired and designed to reflect a principle of participatory philanthropy that values the role of THOSE MOST AFFECTED BY INJUSTICE  as LEADERS in GENERATING the SOLUTIONS to the ISSUES They FACE.

Through the FreeHer Fund, we are working to support MORE formerly incarcerated women  & girls who lead front-line organizations in the Movement get connected to the resources they need to succeed. We have ways to go, but working together we can grow a Just Sisterhood! 


The FreeHER Fund will uplift grassroots organizing that is based on the awareness of the current political environment’s hostility toward the rights of women and girls and led by women and girls directly impacted by the US criminal legal system.  

The CJI FreeHER Circle is comprised of criminal justice women and gender non conforming activists, who are directly impacted (ie, formerly incarcerated, immigrant detention wrongfully-convicted, family members imprisoned) and donors who are committed to ensuring a meaningful and transformative change. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $500,000, which will be awarded to up to 25  women/girl lead organizations this year. Their work focuses on restoration of rights; sentencing and conditions of confinement and economic & reproductive justice. To accomplish this, we need your help.  


We ask that you take the FreeHER Challange by:

  • Making a contribution and challenge your colleagues, friends, and family to do the same by March 30th  through your social media networks  

  • Join us on Thursday, April 9th  for the very first  FreeHER event at the Sky Terrace at the Hampton Inn Downtown in Brooklyn, NY. We invite women as your unique selves to join us to learn more about CJI,  and this effort  RSVP below.

  • Buy FreeHER merchandise starting March 15th when the CJI online shop will launch.  Proceeds from every FreeHER item will benefit the Fund.


We believe that your commitment to this campaign will help to raise awareness of the importance of this giving and how it impacts our communities. Your support will help make the first FreeHER Campaign a great success!



"Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women." - Maya Angelou


make a gift

The FreeHER Circle is working to help more formerly incarcerated women & girls who lead front-line organizations in the Movement connect to the resources they need to succeed! We have ways to go, but working together we can grow a Just Sisterhood! 


We need your support to make the FreeHer Movement happen. Please consider making a donation to support this important work. Help us raise more support by starting a Crowdfunding page to share with your friends


Make a gift of $125 or more and you will receive the CJI FreeHER Tee, Totebag or both before the official CJI Online Shop launch!

You can also make gifts by check or stock to CJI.

Contact Raquel  Virgo,

Director of Development at for more information.

Our mailing address:

CJI @ NEO Philanthropy

45 West 36th Street 6th Fl.

New York, NY 10004

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challenge your friends

After making your contribution/pledge,  SPREAD The WORD! Challenge your colleagues, friends, and family to do the same by March 30th. Here's how

First, Follow Us on Facebook @cjifund, then:

2. Hover over your profile pic and click UPDATE

3. Click ADD FRAME

4. Search for CJIFREEHER

5. Select the Frame you like and reposition your pic to fit the frame. Before saving, be sure to select how long you'd like to keep the frame on your pic.

Share your pic, and include this link in your post

Not a "Facebooker"? That's okay.

Follow us on Instagram @cjifund / Twitter @CjiCircle then:

2. Download one or more of the #FreeHERFaces Campaign ads and Share! Share! Share! Don't forget to tag us @Cjicircle, add #CJIFREEHER

and include this link to your post

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Join us on Thursday, April 9th to celebrate the launch of the FreeHER Circle Fund and to network with like-minded FreeHER supporters at

Hampton Inn Brooklyn Skyline Terrace

125 Flatbush Ave Extension

Brooklyn, NY  11201

6:30 PM

Sponsorship opportunities are available. 


RSVP required by April 1st 

Suggested minimum contribution $25

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