Our Strategy

Mass-incarceration reform

The United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any other country in the world—mainly minorities and poor people. Our grants support public education and advocacy for sentencing reforms aimed at reducing prison populations, and redirecting funds into crime prevention and other initiatives that foster the success of people in neighborhoods hardest hit by crime and incarceration. We also support the replication of a limited number of innovative alternative-to-incarceration models. And we support communications initiatives that push back against the narrative of incarceration as an answer to public safety, instead emphasizing the humanity of the people in the criminal justice system.

Anticipated Outcomes

Reduced incarceration

Jail and prison populations are reduced, as is racial disparity in the criminal justice system.

Alternatives to incarceration

There is an increase in government funding for prison diversion, drug treatment, restorative justice, and other alternatives to incarceration, as well as for community-based employment and crime prevention initiatives. 

Support for reform

A larger, stronger base of constituents actively supports reform on the local level—and includes greater numbers of people of color, formerly incarcerated people, crime survivors, law enforcement, and business leaders. 

Policy and practice

New policy and practice interventions reduce the criminal justice system’s disproportionate impact on people of color. 

Reproductive and gender justice

We seek to strengthen the base of visible support for reproductive health and rights. We believe that these are not divisive issues, but rather fundamental ones that can add momentum and energy to other efforts to disrupt inequality. At the federal and state levels, we work to ensure advocates’ and policy makers’ increased, consistent, and diverse support for reproductive and sexual justice rights, so that all women have autonomy over their bodies and lives. We test new models of support and organizing, and invest in new leaders who can work across race and geography.

Anticipated Outcomes

Coordination and influence

Key organizations align to block harmful federal regulations and rollbacks. 

Effective alliances

In several critical states, innovative alliances advance laws and policies that strengthen reproductive and sexual rights. 

Centering sexual and reproductive justice

Organizations and networks that have not historically incorporated sexual and reproductive justice agendas into their ongoing work, do so.

Strong leadership

Leadership on these issues is more representative and includes women of color, low-income women, and gender non-conforming people who begin to influence the agenda of the larger movement. 

Immigrant and migrant rights

Our work supports efforts to advance more rational and humane immigration policy. We focus on addressing how immigration laws are enforced, and on curbing the use of criminal justice mechanisms for immigration matters—so that immigrant communities are no longer regular targets of punitive practices. We work to deepen existing alliances and build bridges to new partners.

Anticipated Outcomes

Federal policies and protections

At the federal level, immigration advocates help block or limit punitive enforcement efforts and new spending on enforcement. Where possible, they make progress toward proactive policies like improved due process protections, reinstating judicial review, eliminating mandatory detention, and universal access to counsel in deportation proceedings.

State and local policies and protections

In targeted states and localities, immigrant communities and their allies influence government and decision makers to create policies that protect immigrants, and overturn and prevent excessively punitive policies and practices.

Transparency and accountability

There is increased transparency and accountability from Customs and Border Patrol, and increased support for more effective investments in the border region.

Coordination and influence

Organizations working on immigration enforcement reform bring together and leverage a broad range of supporters to more effectively influence decision makers.