About Us


At Families for Justice as Healing (FJAH) we organize formerly incarcerated women to join the movement toward ending incarceration of women. Our membership advocates for community wellness and rejects the current U.S. drug policies that prioritize criminalization and incarceration. We believe that if we are serious about eradicating drug related illness, crime and violence we must commit to the evidence based solutions that address poverty, addiction and trauma.20160220_152659-1

Our staff is small and in need of funding. We are driven by the fight for basic human rights denied to the women and children we stand for.  Our mission is huge but we know for sure that it’s ordinary people that create extraordinary change. Help us by joining our membership and/or making a donation.


FJAH was founded in 2010 inside the federal prison for women in Danbury, CT. Our organization’s founder, Andrea James sought to create an organization with the crucial, yet often overlooked, focus on incarcerated mothers and the impact on their children.

When Andrea James was released in 2011, she carried FJAH back to her home community in Roxbury, MA. Since then, FJAH has been active building coalitions nationally and raising public awareness about the need to shift from over criminalization and incarceration to reinvestment in communities. From organizing incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women, to national conferences and rallies and policy advising, FJAH is continually expanding and evolving.

Please consider making a donation to help us continue our work. You may click on our donate button


or mail donations to: Families for Justice as Healing, 42 Seaverns Avenue, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. It is only with the support of individual donors that we can continue our important work. Thank you.