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PROMISE - Partnership to Rescue Our Minors from Sexual Exploitation

Call to action

This is a call to action from our partners at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

Please take action now by using the linked template (36KB Word file) to write a letter to the Governor to fund the Women's Residential Treatment and Transition Center. When more that 60,000 children in Illinois grow up while their mothers spend time in state prison, we need to act.

Good news--the appropriation bill (HB 608) for the Women's Residential Treatment and Transition Center passed in House Appropriations-Public Safety committee unanimously yesterday! One step down...LOTS more to do.

If we can get the Governor to introduce funding for the pilot in his budget (to be released in March), it will make our job with the legislature a little easier. Please use this template to send a letter to the Governor urging him to fund the Women's Residential Treatment and Transition Center. Please do this NOW while decisions are still being made about the fiscal year 2010 budget!!

Please put it on your letterhead and customize it, i.e. add a story or anecdote about the challenges women face when they don't have alternatives to incarceration and/or what they need to help them avoid incarceration, a relevant fact or figure, etc. Fact sheet (185KB pdf) is available as well.

Please email daria@chicagohomeless.org a copy of your letter so she can keep track of our efforts.