• Getting Profit Out of Prisons: The Family Detention Crisis

    Wed, 22 Jun 2016

    Family detention is an immigration policy, fueled by private for-profit prisons, that specifically targets women with children.

    There are three family detention centers in the United States. Two are located in Texas (both owned by for profit private prison corporations) and one is located in Pennsylvania (county operated). These facilities have asked their respective states to lower the standard of child care licensing to include them as child care facilities. You read that correctly: prisons as child care facilities.

    From 2009-2014, family detention was abolished in the United States. So what happened?

    Please join us for a Criminal (In)Justice, Values Based Investing, and Immigration Circle hosted conversation with three leading experts to unravel the complexity of the family detention crisis. This issue cuts across migration, mass incarceration, publicly traded corporations, and gender-based violence. 

    We’ll hear from Cristina Parker, Immigration Programs Director at Grassroots Leadership, Sonia Kowal, President of Zevin Asset Management, and Amanda Aguilar Shank, Senior Campaign Organizer with Enlace. Each brings her own unique and valuable experience to this issue. Sonia will share what you can do as an investor to be more informed. Cristina and Amanda will share with us the current and innovative organizing and divestment strategies that seek to eliminate profiting from the imprisonment of women and children.

    The private prison-industrial complex is vast and worth over $3 billion. It’s estimated that more than $10 million of that profit has been used to lobby our elected officials to keep this system functioning with little oversight or accountability.

    As taxpayers, we have a right to know where public money goes. To learn more, please visit these facts on family detention.


  • September Meeting for WDN's Board of Directors

    Fri, 16 Sep 2016

    September meeting for the Women Donors Network's Board of Directors

  • November Meeting for WDN's Board of Directors

    Wed, 9 Nov 2016

    Dinner and Board Meeting for WDN's Board of Directors ahead of the Annual Conference in Detroit, Michigan

  • WDN Connect 2016: Detroit

    Thu, 10 Nov 2016
    Our Annual Conference, WDN Connect, is our biggest gathering of the year, bringing together the most WDN members in one place for a few days of collective learning, fun, growth, and action. From November 10-13, 2016 — just days after the presidential election — we will convene in the city of Detroit, an important case study for innovation, renewal, and structural change. In our 25 years, WDN conferences have often taken place right after an election. And regardless of election outcomes, our conference has always provided a space for our community to reflect and rejuvenate, while staying committed to our long-term social change goals. Save the date now and plan to join us in Detroit.Registration will be available this summer.