Providing comprehensive post-incarceration re-entry services for women


A New Way Of Life


United States of America

Thematic area

Health and Social protection


Since 2017


The context

California has the largest number of incarcerated women in the US, and a disproportionate number are women of color. The journey towards incarceration begins with societal and family trauma. Both are complicated issues that stand in contrast to the common perception that imprisonment is simply the result of “poor personal choices.” When women return home, there are very few services available to support re-entry and family reunification, which contributes to very high rates of re-incarceration.


The project

The Re-Entry project provides comprehensive post-incarceration re-entry services for women and their children, develops community leaders through the Women Organizing for Justice & Opportunity Leadership Lab, and advances ANWOL’s advocacy and communications work to better influence local, state, and national awareness and policies related to women involved in the US criminal justice system.


The support

Fondation CHANEL is providing ANWOL with funding for general operating support plus technical assistance on operations and communications.  The Fondation CHANEL support  will enable ANWOL to provide post-incarceration reentry services for nearly 200 women and their children.

The expected results

  • 60 women/year provided with re-entry services
  • 20 women/year empowered as community leaders


The partner

ANWOL is a grassroots, nonprofit organization founded in 1998. It provides housing and support to formerly incarcerated women for successful community re-entry, family reunification and individual healing. To date, more than 1,000 women and their children have been served.

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