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Young Mothers' Bill of Rights
Maker: Melanie Cervantes; The Center For Young Women's Development; Dignidad Rebelde
Date Made: 2009
Place Made: United States: California, Oakland
Measurements: 61 cm x 45.7 cm; 24 in x 18 in
Main Subject: Prisons & Prisoners
Materials: Cardstock / paperboard (fiber product)
Young Mothers'* Bill Of Rights One We have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. Two We have the right to be mothers and not be discriminated against because of age or offense. Three We have the right to regular check-ups and proper prenatal care and nutrition. Four We have the right to have somebody with us while we are giving birth. Five We have the right to not be handcuffs and shackled during labor. Six We have a right to recovery in the hospital after birth. Seven We a right to see, touch, and speak with our children. Eight We have the right to be informed about our children's well-being and safety. Nine We have the right to have support and advocacy while incarcerated and to be informed of our rights as parents. Ten We have the right to access information and education, such as prenatal and parenting classes, so that we are able to be the best parents we can be. The "incarcerated young Mothers's Bill of Rights" was the concept of the Young Mothers Organizing Project (YMOP) a support group for previously incarcerated young women who met weekly to discuss the issues young parents and their children face post-incarceration. According to the National Center for Crime and Delin- quency [sic: Delinquency], 83% of young mothers in the system report they had been separated from their infants within the first three months of their child's lives. 54% of those young women had not had a single visit with their children while in detention. *These rights are for both young women and young men in lock up. If you feel any of your rights have been violated or you need support the following organizations can assist you or provide you with the needed resources: The Center For Young Women's Development The Center For Young Women's Development 832 Folsom Street Ste#700 San Francisco, CA 94107 (415)703-8800 www.cywd.org Legal Services for Children 12 54 Market St. 3rd. Floor San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 863-3762 www.lsc-sf.org Legal Services for Prisoners With Children 1540 Market St., Suite 490 San Francisco, CA 94102 www.prisonerswithchildren.org Design by Melanie Cervantes I DignidadRebelde.com
Acquisition Number: 2010-101
Artist's Statement: The Center For Young Women's Development in San Francisco asked me to partner with them to create a poster and postcards to popularize the Young Mother's Bill of Rights. The Center was integral to creating the Bill of Rights through a campaign they won. San Francisco Juvenile Hall has accepted and agreed to implement the Center’s ten-point Young Mother’s Bill of Rights, which sets forth the rights of pregnant and parenting young woman and young fathers who are locked in juvenile hall. They wanted young men and women to know their rights as parents and felt that a compelling graphic would help grab the attention of the young people in lockup so we made a few hundred posters and thousands of postcards to give out to the young people. The Center for Young Women's Development was founded in 1993 by a coalition of service providers working with young and adult women in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The guiding principle then and now for the organization is that young women are the experts on issues impacting their lives and they should be involved in running and directing the programs that serve them. In 1997 their founding director, the brilliant and talented Lateefah Simon, left and young women of color under age 26 assumed all leadership responsibility. Building on a model for self-determination, they began to organize to change the power dynamic in San Francisco itself.
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