Mission: The Center for Health Justice (CHJ) empowers people affected by incarceration and HIV to make healthier choices and advocates for the elimination of disparities between prisoner health and public health.
Programs: The "take charge-stay safe" program provides comprehensive risk-reduction counseling, education, and support services to inmates. This innovative program targets gay, bi-sexual, and transgender males housed in the k-6 unit - a voluntary segregation unit at men's central jail ("mcj") in downtown los angeles - as well as a small number of female inmates housed at the century regional detention facility ("crdf") in lynwood, california. "take charge-stay safe" consists of three linked interventions - outreach, group-level education, and one-on-one risk reduction counseling - that reach a combined total of over 1,000 inmates per year.
"project home l. A. " is a women's empowerment program for females who currently have male partners incarcerated or who have had pastincarceration history. This program is designed to train women to go back out into their social network to talk about the risk of acquiring hiv and other stds.
other program services include: the tate program (hiv treatment adherence and treatment education); health justice prisoner hiv treatment & prevention hotline; "healthfirst" condom distribution program; pre-release health preparedness ("the prhp project"); re-adjustment and re-entry (rare) program; women moving ahead (hiv treatment and education) and the lawrence project/health education risk reduction.
CHJ is a unique and innovative organization. Its programs include both health education inside jails and prisons, transition programs as a prisoner reenters society, and advocacy work on behalf of prisoner health. The organization is very collaborative, in particular with reentry programs. CHJ spends a very high percentage of funds on programs, and very little on fundraising and overhead. The offices were moved in March, 2011 to a block from Los Angeles County jail, to better serve the clients. It was able to open a center where recently released prisoners can enhance their reentry. The organization does cutting edge programs and has been asked to share what it does at conferences and other prisoner support organizations.