Rosario Dawson Is Calling For Common Sense Reforms To How Incarcerated Women Are Treated And She Wants You To Join Her

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Rosario Dawson has long used her affluence and celebrity to champion social justice issues, from immigration and climate change to sexual violence and economic justice. Now the Cuban-Puerto Rican actress is calling for common sense reforms to how women are treated in the federal prison system.

“Everyone, including incarcerated women, can live with dignity so please stand with us to reform the criminal justice system,” Dawson, 38, said in a post on Instagram announcing her involvement in #cut50’s Dignity campaign.

#cut50, a national initiative to reduce the prison population, teamed up with Alicia Keys’ “We Are Here Movement” and the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls to start Dignity. The crusade, influenced by Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren’s Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, advocates for legislation that improves the treatment of women behind bars and better prepares them for rehabilitation.

“Did you know that 80% of incarcerated women in America are mothers? That 90% of women behind bars are survivors of sexual violence? Or that 2,000 women give birth behind bars every year? Help us start the conversation and create some change,” Dawson added.

The movement, led by formerly incarcerated women across the country, is particularly interested in ending the re-traumatization of women behind bars, from stopping the use of shackles during childbirth to housing mothers in facilities close to their children.

Dawson, along with celebrities like Ellen Pompeo and David Arquette, are asking fans to purchase “Dignity” t-shirts, with funds from sales going to help educate the public about the treatment of incarcerated women, share their stories and build a movement to bring transformation to the system.

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