Family & Children’s Services Women in Recovery and AJFO: Association for Justice-Involved Females and Organizations are co-hosts of the 20th Biennial AJFO: Association for Justice-Involved Females and Organizations Conference on October 23-26.
The conference focuses exclusively on women and girls in the criminal justice system. Event participants represent a diverse array of practitioners, state administrators, program directors, women with lived experience, advocates, researchers, and program developers, and experts in reentry, incarceration, juvenile justice, trauma and gender.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Stephanie S. Covington, an internationally recognized clinician, author, organizational consultant, and lecturer. Dr. Covington is a trailblazer in the addiction, trauma, and recovery fields. As a pioneer in addiction, trauma, and recovery, she has developed an innovative, gender-responsive, and trauma-informed approach that results in effective services in public, private, and institutional settings.
Other confirmed speakers include Lisa Black, board member of Poetic Justice; Xavier Graves, executive director of Restorative Justice Institute of Oklahoma; Dr. Jason Beaman, interim chair of the Oklahoma State University – Center for Health Sciences, and Yoga Instructor Catie Holzer.
The Power of One Award (to be presented during a special ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 24) recognizes what one person with one idea or action has done to improve services to justice-involved women and girls. The mission and vision of AJFO are embodied in the exceptional work and dedication of these individuals. The Power of One Award was created to recognize their outstanding efforts as champions and advocates for justice-involved women and girls.
Get more information about the conference here.
About AJFO: Association for Justice-Involved Females and Organizations
AJFO addresses issues for women and girls involved in the criminal justice system. AJFO’s history goes as far back as the 1912 National Prison congress when an Association of Women members was created so that the “ladies could get together for mutual help and advice [and so there would] be given a time on the program when women who were directly concerned and interested in the work for women prisoners should have an opportunity to emphasize this very important work.” Over the past century, the group grew and continues its leadership role as an advocacy group for women and girls in the criminal justice system. While the early purpose was to provide networking for those working with incarcerated women and girls, AJFO created the Adult and Juvenile Female Offender workshops (AJFO) in the 1980s, which were held biennially to advance knowledge about working with justice involved women.
About Family & Children’s Services Women in Recovery
Family & Children’s Services Women in Recovery (WIR) is an intensive outpatient alternative for eligible women facing long prison sentences for non-violent drug-related offenses. Operated in partnership with the George Kaiser Family Foundation, WIR works closely with the criminal justice system and various community partners to ensure program participants receive supervision, substance abuse and mental health treatment, education, workforce readiness training and family reunification services.