Project Nia

500+ incarcerated children in the US are 12 years old or younger. $100k-$300k is the average annual cost to incarcerate a young person in the U.S.

 

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CHICAGO, IL  project-nia.org

50,000 American children are incarcerated daily. Project Nia works to end the incarceration of children and young adults by promoting restorative and transformative justice practices.

Project Nia—“nia” meaning “with purpose” in Swahili—is a grassroots organization that works to end the arrest, detention, and incarceration of children and young adults by promoting restorative and transformative justice practices.

We support youth in trouble with the law as well as those victimized by violence and crime through community-based alternatives to the criminal legal process. We partner with local activists and organizations to create such alternatives.

We believe we can transform harm into healing by building connections and opportunities in our communities. Through education, research, and advocacy, we create avenues to address harm productively, rather than relying on the police and criminal legal system. For the past 10 years, we have offered over 200 community workshops about juvenile justice and the prison industrial complex and published dozens of educational curricula on how to better address harm in our communities. Because young people should never end up behind bars.

Mariame Kaba is the founder and director of Project Nia as well as a community organizer, educator, and curator. Her work focuses on ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, transforming justice, and supporting youth leadership development. Mariame has also co-founded other organizations, including the Chicago Freedom School, the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women, the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander, and the Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team.

Fiscal Sponsor: Flux Factory. Fiscal sponsorship for the Abolitionist Youth Organizing institute (AYO, NYC!) is provided by Flux Factory, a 501(c)(3) charity in New York State.

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