Carolyn Sufrin founded ARRWIP in 2017 as our team was wrapping-up the PIPS project. We saw a need to expand our research and vision to other areas and to continue striving for our research to be useful for advocacy and change-making.
The ARRWIP team situates our work at the intersections of reproductive health, reproductive justice, and mass incarceration in the US. We conduct research that addresses reproductive health care issues for people experiencing incarceration. Working with key stakeholders, including directly impacted people and policy makers, we aim for our research to contribute to meaningful change in recognizing the full humanity and value of incarcerated people’s reproductive lives.
Our goal is to create opportunities to improve reproductive wellbeing for people affected by the criminal legal system—including making full-scope, compassionate reproductive health care accessible for people experiencing incarceration and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.
The ARRWIP team is guided by the teachings and activism of reproductive justice– a framework that emerged from and centers the experiences of Black women and others who are marginalized by systems of oppression (for more information see Sistersong). For an overview on how mass incarceration contradicts the core tenets of reproductive justice, see this article in the American Journal of Public Health.