We are so proud of the recent Kenya portion of our Right/Write To Heal Residency in partnership with Clean Start Africa! It was a beacon of inspiration, featuring a panel discussion led by CTH Director of Education and Community Engagement Chesray Dolpha on the vital role of community engagement in reintegrating formerly incarcerated women. 

We celebrated the graduation of approximately 25 women from Sisters on the Outside (SOTO), an advocacy group that champions re-entry for formerly incarcerated women.

We visited the Clean Start Africa Headquarters and heard the formerly incarcerated women’s stories about their experience of incarceration and the level of dehumanization they all experienced. 

Chesray led a successful collaborative presentation for 350 women centered around introducing concepts of the Right/Write to Heal storytelling residency to the women at the conference to take back to their communities.

Our team supported Cheryl Wilkins, co-founder of Columbia University’s Center for Justice, and the Right/Write to Heal participants in various organization efforts including conference preparation, presentation preparation and interview support. 

We visited the United States International University Africa (USIUA) and facilitated a workshop with some of the Criminal Justice students at the university. We also met with head faculty and leadership of USIUA’s criminal justice department to discuss collaboration with Columbia’s Center for Justice and Clean Start Africa. 

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