Institute for Community Justice

Program Information

  • Phone: 215-525-0460
  • Location: 1207 Chestnut St., 2nd floor Philadelphia, PA 19107

Groups

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 Elisabeth Long or Teresa Sullivan at 215-525-0460.

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.

Contact Kate Meloney at 215-525-0460 ext. 409 or kmeloney@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!

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.

Download PDFs of PHN or to subscribe.

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 Alma Sanchez-Eppler at 215-525-0460 x410 or asanchez@fight.org for more information. Fax 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.