Women: The Growing Face of Mass Incarceration

Friday, March 20th 2020

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


This presentation will explore the ways in which incarceration among women is rising and what social factors contribute to those numbers.

  • Discuss why there is a growing number of women being incarcerated
  • Discuss the specific needs of incarcerated women
  • Address  the unique barriers to health care for impacted women


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Assata Thomas

Assata has been with FIGHT since 2013.  Working at FIGHT is in alignment with my innate skill sets, education, experience and ultimate purpose. I enjoy that I am able to use all of the aforementioned in supporting persons in designing their own freedom. I enjoy that I am able to personally impact and empower persons who have been affected by mass incarceration and or the criminal justice systems by providing a space in which they are able to have a voice and make decisions concerning their own lives. I enjoy being a part of one’s personal restorative and redemptive process. Assata hopes to continue contributing to the agency, support that is culturally competent to persons impacted by mass incarceration.  I further hope to continue contributing by collaborating with other departments of FIGHT by providing persons with options for healthcare, both physical and mental, and social services support which combined speak to the WHOLE individual. Assata considers herself an introvert.

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Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring.

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Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Mario CruzDr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development and mentorship. In 2019 he received the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Innovations in Healthcare.

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