7 Pillars Partner
Justice Support Project
Our mission is to ensure that the LGBTQIA+ community is free from discriminatory prosecution, persecution, and violence. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers reports that 97% of criminal defendants never see a day in court. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, about 20% of people incarcerated are in prison for violent crimes. That means that most prisoners are incarcerated for low-level or non-violent crimes.
For the LGBTQIA+ community, these crimes are nearly always survival work in the underground economy. Discrimination in workplaces, families, and communities forces many LGBTQIA+ people into survival situations. LGBTQIA+ young people are often pushed out of homes and schools because of family rejection, harsh and discriminatory school discipline policies, and other factors—leaving these youth to fend for themselves on the streets. Discrimination can make it more difficult to earn a living, find safe shelter and long-term housing, access affordable health care, and meet other basic necessities. As a result, LGBTQIA+ people are at increased risk of becoming homeless and/or relying on survival economies, which are more likely to have encounters with law enforcement and criminalization.
We are the experts. We have the resources. We get the results.
We provide legal support and advice services to the justice-involved LGBTIAQ+ community. Sentencing Memorandums are the cornerstone of our work. Most attorneys will frame a case, turn in letters written by family and friends, make a brief statement, and drop the case after sentencing. We are not attorneys, but some of the very best attorneys use our services. We watchdog inexperienced attorneys so you do not miss opportunities for early release. We make you human, NOT just a case number.
The key to our success is backing everything up with case law suited to your own mitigating circumstances. Many Judges simply need a viable reason for alternative sentencing. We find it, use it, and get the job done.
We are not afraid of difficult cases
“All shall be equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law”.
~ Article 7 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
My name is Wendy Golenbock. I am a 70-year-old Jewish lesbian from Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to my incarceration, I taught special education in public school. After teaching, I went to law school and practiced criminal defense for 18 years. In my practice, I represented or consulted with several teenagers involved with sexual violence in prison. While I was incarcerated in Danbury Federal Prison, I personally observed sexual violence. It was also at Danbury that I was in solitary confinement (segregation) for retaliatory reasons because of an officer. My experience on CON AIR was also life-altering. I was released penniless with serious medical issues directly resulting from my imprisonment.
I have worked as an educational consultant for the last 21 years. I work with students, over half of whom are LBGTQIA or students of color, who require a variety of academic services. I have spent my time trying to rebuild my life. It was not easy to come out of prison and find work. My consulting business has allowed me to concentrate now on working to prevent violence in prison and to work on ending solitary confinement. Four years ago, became an associate of The Prison Consultants, which involves working with people about to enter prison. I help people prepare for prison and make suggestions for their attorneys to get increased downward reductions in Federal Court. I am an original member of the Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network (FICGN), which encourages returning citizens to attend college and graduate school.