Cyntoia Brown was sex-trafficked, drugged, and raped repeatedly at age 16. She worked up the courage to fight back and shoot the 43 year old predator who bought her for which she was convicted as an adult and sentenced to life in prison. She is a victim failed by the justice system. No child should be sentenced to serve the rest of their life in prison. Enough is enough!
This is just another devastating example of how the justice system continues to fail POC, especially young WOC. The justice system punishes and criminalizes some for using their agency to fight back against abusers, leaving many to sit in prison for decades.
Cyntoia's story has gathered many people's attention and people are asking for her case to be reopened. Below are a couple of petitions that you can sign to make this happen.
Color For Change.org
I've also made of list of organizations doing important work to protect the children:
Is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by over one million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.
Was formed in March 2015 in order to address a shortage in programming and community for women identified young black people in Chicago. Founded, planned, and operated by black women, Assata's Daughters carries on the tradition of radical liberators activism encompassed by Assata Shakur.
Is a public education campaign by Californians for Safety and Justice that is raising awareness about who California sends to prison, the cost and how that spending affects investments in education, health and other community needs.
Is a coalition of organizations and individuals seeking an end to mass incarceration and the harms it brings our communities. Decarcerate PA seeks mechanisms to build whole, healthy communities and believes that imprisonment exacerbates the problems we face. We therefore demand an immediate and lasting moratorium on all new prisons: no new prisons, no new county or city jails, no prison expansions, no new beds in county jails, no immigrant detention facilities, no private prisons. We also demand changes in policing, sentencing and legislation to reduce the prison population.
CCWP is a grassroots social justice organization, with members inside and outside prison, that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex (PIC). We see the struggle for racial and gender justice as central to dismantling the PIC and we prioritize the leadership of the people, families, and communities most impacted in building this movement.
* 100% of the proceeds to Female's Collective's t-shirt Free Cyntoia will go directly to Cyntoia Brown and go straight onto her books! Link below!
Below is her address show Cyntoia some love and write to her:
Ms Cyntoia D Brown #410593
Tennessee Prison For Women
2 North, B49
3881 Stewarts Lane
Nashville, TN 37218