The National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI) aims to eliminate racial and gender disparities in the U.S. criminal legal system that are responsible for its disproportionate impact on Black women, girls, and gender-expansive people. We engage in rigorous research and capacity building in order to transform the current system and promote policy change that centers and uplifts the voices and experiences of Black women, girls, and gender-expansive people who have been impacted by the criminal legal system. We seek to dismantle the punitive paradigm driving the U.S. criminal legal system and build, in its place, pathways to healing and opportunity. At NBWJI, we envision a society where healing—not punishment—is upheld as justice.
We ground our work in evidence and data.
Race and gender equity
We believe that an intersectional framework is critical for eliminating racial and gender bias in our criminal legal system.
Elevate and amplify community expertise
We center and uplift the voices and experiences of Black women and girls who have been affected by the criminal legal system.
We believe that creating opportunities for healing is the true meaning of justice.