We serve with love and compassion.
Our mission is to ensure the safety and dignity of the incarcerated & formerly incarcerated TGNC/LGBQIA+ community. Freedom Overground serves to amplify the voices of incarcerated TGNC/LGBQIA+ people by empowering them before, during, and after incarceration.
Our Vision is to actively decolonize the criminal justice system, creating a world where our services are no longer necessary.
Freedom Overground grew from one individual, Ky Peterson’s campaign for trans-related medical care in 2014. In 2015 the Federal courts demanded that Georgia enforce their policies regarding the treatment of trans inmates however, the prison administrations insisted on remaining non-compliant. When it comes to state policy, if the state provides a service for one, they must provide it for all. As word of our organizing spread through the prisons, the demand for transitional support and assistance began to grow. Over time, Freedom Overground began assisting TGNC/LGBQIA+ peoples in several Georgia and Tennessee facilities.
In the years that have followed, our initiatives have become a pilot for change in Trans prisoner support. Our organizers are fighting for changes in policy that will improve the quality of life for all Trans prisoners.
From hormones to undergarments to gender-affirming hygiene products… every victory we have achieved sets a new standard of care for every Trans and GNC prisoner in need.
In the summer of 2020, Freedom Overground Corp. partnered with several grassroots organizations to form the 7 Pillars Project. This community collaboration works to develop new programs designed to create safer environments for incarcerated peoples and continuation of support upon their release.
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Also called black market or shadow economy, is a clandestine market or series of transactions that has some aspect of illegality or is characterized by some form of non-compliant behavior with an institutional set of rules
For thousands of years, Indigenous communities lived peacefully without the need for police, jails, lawyers, or any elements of the criminal justice system as we know it today. If someone committed a crime, they were held accountable to whoever was harmed, as well as the entire community. How were they able to accomplish what is considered impossible today? The path to abolition requires us to look at the Indigenous tribes, and the foundation of their community.
From birth, the 7 sacred teachings have been ingrained in every aspect of life, by Indigenous tribes for millennia. These sacred teachings go by many names across the globe but principles remain the same. The 7 Sacred Teaching are the basis for all of our organizing, programs, and community partnerships as we work to decolonize and ultimately abolish the prison industrial complex.
While grants cover our programs and business expenses, they often do not cover direct support to individuals. We are seeking funds to provide direct support for our incarcerated community. These funds will be used for food, hygiene products, communication supplies, books, and phone service or email services.
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Your letters help save lives. Many TGNC prisoners are most often abandoned by family or loved ones. Once prison staff realizes that a prisoner has no one on the outside to advocate for them, the prisoner becomes a target for neglect, abuse, and worse. The simple act of sending cards and letters actually helps build a small bubble of protection against abusive correctional officers while providing much needed emotional support.
Yes, we need volunteers and service donations. Do you have a skill, service, or product that you would like to share? We are always in need of some extra helping hands . Reach out today.