Women Offenders/Women’s Symposium on February 14


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The program interviewed Dr. Willa Butler, Program Director, New Day Transitional Home for Women and Children and Keylae (not her real name) who is a woman in recovery who was formally on probation, homeless and with a child who is now a Case Manager with New Day.

The program supports an upcoming Women’s Symposium on Saturday, February 14, 2015. The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) will host a Women’s Reentry Forum entitled “Lifetime Makeover.” It will take place at Temple of Praise, 700 Southern Avenue, SE, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Forum will include workshops and speakers geared toward enlightening, empowering and motivating women involved in the criminal justice system.

CSOSA is also offering the Citywide Reentry Assembly on Thursday, February 19, 2015, at St. Luke Catholic Church Center, 4923 East Capital Street, SE, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Some of our mentors and mentees will be there sharing their stories about challenges confronted and overcome. Some of them will be recognized as our Mentors and Mentees of the Year.

Each year, CSOSA and our partners in the D.C. faith community convene Reentry Reflections–a period of observance intended to raise public awareness about the challenges facing men and women returning home from prison. Please see our website at http://www.csosa.gov for a list of all events.

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