Institute for Community Justice

The Institute for Community Justice was founded as part of Philadelphia FIGHT’s commitment to working to reduce not only the number of people in prison living with HIV, but also the lasting effects of mass imprisonment on communities most affected.

The mission of ICJ is to create a stigma-free space with innovative, prevention-focused programs that empower, educate and support people affected by the parallel crises of HIV and mass imprisonment, to protect community health, and raise consciousness around issues of social justice.

Project TEACH Outside

Treatment Education Activists Combating HIV!

Project TEACH Outside is a 5-week-long educational and activist training course designed for individuals living with HIV who have been recently released from prison or jail. Topics include living healthy with HIV, basic HIV treatment information, strategies for rebuilding our lives after imprisonment, stress management and wellness, accessing supportive services and AIDS and prison activism.

TEACH Outside starts soon! See more information and an application for the class or call Naseem Bazargan at 215-525-0460 x417.

Enhancing Linkages Project

FIGHT offers prison linkage services to individuals living with HIV who are imprisoned within the Philadelphia Prison System. Linkage specialists are available for advocacy, support, education, and linkages to medical care and supportive services upon release. FIGHT’s Jonathan Lax Treatment Center offers expedited medical appointments for individuals returning home from jail. Case management, mental health and drug and alcohol treatment is also available.

Contact Hannah Zellman at 215-525-0460 x402 or zellman@fight.org for more information.

TITO: TEACH Inside/TEACH Outside

TEACH Inside/TEACH Outside is an empowerment and mutual support intervention designed not only to reduce individuals’ risk of contracting HIV, but also to transform the structures that increase community-level HIV vulnerability. Our curriculum is organized around four key messages:
1. You can live a healthy life,
2. Services are available to support you,
3. Activist work has put this in place, and
4. You can be an activist for yourself and your community.

TEACH Inside/TEACH Outside is conducted in partnership with our colleagues at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania, Jeff Draine and Philippe Bourgois.

Contact Theresa Sullivan at 215-525-0460 x409 or tsullivan@fight.org for more information.

Reentry Center

When someone goes to prison, the whole community is affected. Community struggles do not stop when loved ones come home. Once released, people will face difficulties accessing the support they need to move forward and make new lives. At our Reentry Center, we work to engage and empower all individuals returning home from prison.

Our staff coordinates skills-building and educational programs focused around continuing education, digital literacy, skills building as well as art and creative expression. Our drop in center is a hub for reentry support – come and visit us in our drop in!

Computer Lab and Drop in Hours
Tuesday: 1-5 PM
Wednesday: 1-5 PM
Thursday: 1-5 PM
Friday: 1-5 PM

Prison Health News

Prison Health News is a quarterly newsletter written by and for people who have been in prison or are currently living behind the walls. Spanning topics on medical updates, health care advocacy tips and mutual support, Prison Health News works to build community across the prison walls that divide us.

Prison Health News is produced by a Philadelphia-based collective of writers and editors, most of whom have been in prison and are living with HIV, and includes the work of imprisoned artists and writers.

To download PDFs of PHN or to subscribe, click here.

Support Center for Prison Advocacy

United around the belief that “community organizing is a reentry program,” the Support Center for Prison Advocacy was founded to facilitate leadership from formerly imprisoned people and their families in fighting HIV and mobilizing their own neighborhood communities.

The Support Center is a Philadelphia-based coalition with a triple focus:
• Increased visibility and access to information and resources pertaining to prisons, reentry and specific action items.
• Direct action advocacy through campaigns and action steps.
• Leadership development and movement-building work.

Contact Madeline Smith Gibbs at 215-525-0460 x410 or msmith@fight.org for more information.

CONTACT
ICJ
21 South 12th St., 7th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-525-0460
F. 215-567-0431

Kingdom Care Reentry Network – Faith Based Reentry Mentoring & Peaceful Surrender
Phone: 215.525.0460 x412
For More Information: Send us a question or request more information on any of our services.