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Annette “Annie” Farrell

Annette “Annie” Farrell is a proud survivor and mother of four young children, currently serving a term of 15 years at   Bedford Hills Correctional…

Shantell Green

Shantell Green is incarcerated for protecting herself against an abuser who would have killed her while her four children watched. She was pregnant at the…

Tanisha Davis

Tanisha Davis is a caring 32 year-old single mother serving a 14-year sentence in Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women after acting in self-defense against…

Joanne Armour

Joanne Armour is serving 20 years to life for defending herself and her 14 year old daughter against an attack from her close friend of…

Breanna Simpson

Breanna Simpson is serving 25 years for defending herself against a man who tried to kill her on numerous occasions. She is a survivor of…

Cynthia Galens

Cynthia Galens Cynthia Galens is a survivor of three abusive relationships, including two marriages. The third relationship ended in the death of Kevin Stack, for…

Laura Martin

Laura Martin Laura Martin is serving a 20-year sentence for killing her father, a man who had physically and sexually abused her since childhood and…

Brenda Hartman

Brenda Hartman Brenda Hartman once wondered, “Do I have ‘Please abuse me’ written on my forehead?” Brenda grew up in a small town where everybody…

Theresa Debo

Theresa Debo Theresa Debo has survived a lifetime of horrific abuse. Now 14 years into a 22-years-to-life sentence for second degree murder, Theresa will turn…

Kelly Forbes

Kelly Forbes In 2001, Kelly Forbes immigrated from her native Trinidad with her young daughter to Brooklyn. She was a single parent with a history…

Darlene Benson-Seay

Darlene Benson-Seay Though she didn’t do it, Darlene Benson-Seay is incarcerated for killing her boyfriend, Ronnie, who abused her violently for years. He’d fallen into…

Sherrita Crumpler

Sherrita Crumpler Sherrita Crumpler is a 35-year-old woman currently serving a 17 Year sentence at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. A tragic accident that took the…

Kelly Harnett

Kelly Harnett Kelly Harnett was there in 2010 when her abuser murdered someone in a New York park. Because she was present, Kelly was also…

Jessica Paradiso

Jessica Paradiso The first time Jessica Paradiso’s partner hit her was when she picked him up from a stint in prison, where he’d been incarcerated…

Betsy Ramos

Betsy Ramos Betsy Ramos has been behind bars for 22 years for second-degree manslaughter. At 15 years, she had served her minimum sentence. Nonetheless, in…

Rachel Ball

Rachel Ball Rachel Ball grew up in upstate NY. She is currently serving 8 ⅓ years for criminally negligent homicide, two felony drug counts and…

Valerie Seeley

Valerie Seeley Valerie Seeley is the only survivor of gender violence who has had her sentence commuted by Governor Cuomo. We demand the same for…