We’re saying goodbye to 2018 and rolling in 2019. We believe 2019 is going to be the step-up year! Making positive changes one step at a time!
Prison: The Hidden Sentence™ posted our first story, “Visiting Your loved One in Prison – What you should know”, in January of 2015. We’ve learned a lot since then and we’ve been delivering on our mission to raise awareness on the affects of incarceration on families, children, and communities, to humanize the prison family. It’s not just someone “over there” or “them”, it’s right here and it could happen to you, and it affects all of us.
This past year we’ve posted information about several organizations that are supporting those on the outside and raising awareness such as Friends and Family of Incarcerated Persons (FFIP) and Inmate Family Support Group. As we learn about other groups and other events, they are highlighted on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Groups that want to provide additional information are posted in our blogs.
Our community participated in surveys, created or continued their own support outreach, raised money, and shared their stories. Telling their stories not only helps those that are doing the sharing – it also helps those that are hearing and reading the stories and knowing that they are not alone. We are closing the empathy gap by sharing stories that even those that have not experienced having a loved one in the prison system can start to relate to and understand.
Prison: The Hidden Sentence™ joined with FFIP to provide a holiday party as well as workshops for children of incarcerated parents and is working on expanding this program. They will also be offering workshops for loved ones on the outside that provide tools to help cope with having a loved one in the prison system.
Julia Lazareck, Prison: The Hidden Sentence™ founder, presented at several events: Prison Reform: Why should You Care? in St. Augustine, Florida; presented the Faces of Mass Incarceration documentary at UNLV; kicked-off the 10th Annual International Prisoners’ Family Conference in Dallas, TX, and raised awareness at a PSI WLS (Women’s Leadership) meeting in Las Vegas, NV. She was also able to spread awareness through interviews on Straight Talk with Lawrence Weekly, A Just Cause Radio, and on the Lucky Girl podcast special transformation Series.
Prison: The Hidden Sentence™ was also recognized by Dignity Health and America First Credit Union for making a difference. We are proud of these awards and will continue to educate communities about the effects of incarceration to remove the stigma associated with incarceration.
In 2019 we plan on continuing the blog, Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as bringing quality interviews and information to this community. The website is currently being updated and we are waiting for approval from Apple to stream the podcasts on iTunes. We’ll continue working with other organizations, talking at events and meetings, and raising awareness and providing support wherever we can. One of our goals for 2019 is to grow this community, to expand communication channels with other organizations and people so that we can all work together to have a common, unified, strong voice, needed to make the needed changes. Positive forward movement; one step at a time. Together we can make it happen in 2019.
We’d love to hear from you about what you’d like to hear more of, be a part of, and are doing in your communities. You can comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you and your loved ones a safe, healthy, and happy new year. We know it’s not always easy and that’s why we continue to build a supportive, informed, and caring community.