SURGE Reproductive Justice is launching the EmPATH (Empowering People Through Access to Transformative Healing) Project. This initiative was created in partnership with local doulas and prison support organizations. We seek to help pregnant people in jails and prisons have a better pregnancy experience through working with a doula, either in person or remotely. Our doulas come together from a variety of backgrounds and experiences with the common goal of providing the necessary emotional and physical support that is largely lacking in the prison environment. Since the United States criminal justice system operates with vast race, class, and gender biases, the SURGE Prison Doula Project intentionally prioritizes issues of discrimination and disproportionate health outcomes for marginalized people at the forefront of our work.
Read more about our RJ policy work for imprisoned women.