NYC declares OCTOBER

Seen in the above pic:
Ebony Underwood, a Soros Justice Fellow, filmmaker and daughter of an incarcerated father accepting the NYC Proclamation

New York City Councilmember Daniel Dromm on October 5, 2016 presented Ebony and other children of incarcerated parents with a NYC Proclamation declaring OCTOBER See Us, Support Us month in honor of NYC’s children who have experienced parental incarceration.

The 2016 See Us, Support Us campaign focuses on celebrating the resiliency of children of incarcerated parents and lessening the stigma they face. The campaign seeks to shift the narrative & focus on what helps children succeed rather than how likely they are to experience negative outcomes— messaging that is often inaccurate, dehumanizing, and harmful to children. Too often, people who come home from prison are referred to as ex-inmates, ex-convicts, ex-prisoners and felons. These terms are common and easy, but they are dehumanizing, demoralizing, and they hurt individuals involved in the criminal justice system and their children and families. Children should be free of the stigma and negative stereotypes that limit their future prospects and well-being. Words matter and can signal to families that you are a supportive and respectful person.

Join the Campaign:
TAKE THE PLEDGE now to commit to seeing and supporting children of incarcerated parents by using humanizing language and working to lessen the stigma they face. Your text to link here…

In October 2015, the New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents launched See Us, Support Us, a month-long campaign to raise awareness about the visibility of children of incarcerated parents. Despite the fact that one in 28 children in the U.S. has an incarcerated parent, most organizations serving children are unaware of how this issue is affecting the children. This invisibility harms children and prevents service providers from supporting children and families to their best ability.