Survived & Punished

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The Survived & Punished Project demands the immediate release of survivors of domestic and sexual violence and other forms of gender violence who are imprisoned for survival actions, including: self-defense, “failure to protect,” migration, removing children from abusive people, being coerced into acting as an "accomplice," and securing resources needed to live. For many survivors, the experiences of domestic violence, rape, and other forms of gender violence are bound up with systems of incarceration and police violence. According to the ACLU, nearly 60% of people in women’s prison nationwide, and as many as 94% of some women’s prison populations, have a history of physical or sexual abuse before being incarcerated. Once incarcerated or detained, many women (including trans women) and trans & gender non-conforming people experience sexual violence from guards and others. Being controlled by police, prosecutors, judges, immigration enforcement, homeland security, detention centers, and prisons is often integrated with the experience of domestic violence and sexual assault. This is especially true for Black, Native, and immigrant survivors.

Started 9 petitions

Petitioning Gavin Newsom

Clemency for Corene De La Cruz, Incarcerated Domestic Violence Survivor

Photo of David (brother), Corene, and Beatrice (mother) Corene De La Cruz is an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence who has been imprisoned for 11 years. By the time Corene was convicted and sentenced to 22 years and 8 months in prison, she suffered from the long-term effects of psychological and sexual abuse. Corene has already served a 6-year base term, and she is now serving time on enhancements alone. Join us in asking Governor Newsom to commute Corene De La Cruz’s sentence and allow her to reunite with her loving family and community. Background Corene’s arrest and prosecution followed a tragic incident that began with her planning to commit suicide to escape the abuse of her boyfriend. She accidentally injured him when he grabbed the gun she planned to use. He proceeded to beat her and further threaten her life. Corene escaped the scene because she was afraid he would kill her with one of his guns. She drove to her friend’s house and her friend’s brother, who was a police officer, reported the incident. Corene’s trial and conviction were compromised by her grossly inadequate defense, especially in the context of domestic violence evidence that was never considered. Corene experienced severe and sustained physical abuse and psychological terror from her boyfriend, who she was in a relationship with for 11 years, since the age of 22. Her boyfriend’s abuse included emotional violence, sexual humiliation, and verbal abuse, including blaming Corene for being sexually abused as a child. His climate of terror and violence, combined with Corene’s childhood experience of sexual and domestic violence, were central factors in Corene's suicidal behavior. Corene’s attorney did not play available audio or video recordings of the incident at trial, which would have shown her boyfriend beating her and berating her with racist slurs. Her attorney said he didn’t want the jury to be offended by his racism. Introducing audio and video evidence would have corroborated Corene’s version of events, as it showed her saying she came to commit suicide because of his abuse. Her attorney also did not submit any of Corene’s suicide notes, or expert testimony on how intimate partner battering and its effects impacted Corene. The jury found Corene not guilty of attempted murder, but guilty of “residential burglary,” which carries a sentence of 6 years. However, despite having no prior history of criminalization, Corene’s sentence was increased to almost 23 years using California’s sentencing enhancements, which, appallingly, included an enhancement that turned the blame on her for domestic violence.  In Corene’s words: “What brought me to my incarceration 11 years ago was a toxic and abusive long-term relationship, where I was unfortunately too traumatized to fully understand the severity of my circumstances. I am a living example of how one's life can be forever altered due to a lack of interest and understanding by the justice system about the violence I suffered that resulted in my suicidal state at the time. I had no idea the justice system could impact one's future and freedom in this way, without considering context, including how I was victimized.” While incarcerated, Corene has maintained an exemplary record and completed countless programs for self-improvement. She has also dedicated herself to serving her community and become a mentor to countless women in prison. Corene is currently grieving the death of her younger brother David from COVID-19. This tragic loss has only increased the need for Corene and her family to be reunited to heal together. Corene has a comprehensive reentry plan and extensive support available to her, including from several reentry programs and community-based organizations, as well as her loving mother and family.   Please join us in asking Governor Newsom to support domestic violence survivors by commuting Corene De La Cruz’s sentence. *Please note: If you choose to sign, change.org provides an opportunity for you to "chip in" money. This money goes to change.org to promote the petition so that it reaches more people, not to Corene or her family.*

Survived & Punished
1,336 supporters
Petitioning Gavin Newsom, Governor Gavin Newsom

Grant Commutation for Incarcerated Survivor, Arlene Dugmore!

Please join us in urging Governor Gavin Newsom to commute Arlene Dugmore’s sentence so that she can return home to the support of her loving family and continue to serve her community.  Arlene Dugmore is a survivor of severe domestic violence who was prosecuted for someone else’s actions and has been incarcerated for 21 years.  Since she was 17 years old, Arlene has been forced to navigate ongoing violence by abusive partners because of a lack of options for safe housing for herself and her daughter.  Arlene’s abusive husband attacked her physically and emotionally throughout their relationship, including beating her, controlling everywhere she went, preventing her from keeping her job, throwing her out of her own home, threatening to take her child away, and humiliating her through calling her abusive names and assaulting her in public.  She was trapped without transportation and without support.  She writes that, “The bruises from my abuse came and went, but it's the unseen scars that have caused an extensive inner deprivation that has been the most difficult to heal from.”  The one time she built up enough courage to call the police, they provided no assistance, but simply handed her a business card. Though another person killed Arlene’s husband in response to the abuse, Arlene was held criminally responsible for his death and sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole.  Throughout her years of incarceration, Arlene found her own voice as a survivor and participated in groups that provided her with the tools to build herself up.  She writes: “Upon making myself whole, I saw a glimpse of myself and others and agreed to facilitate groups such as anger management and family relations to help encourage fellow survivors.  This new-found self-worth allowed me to become a voice and leader as a Women’s Advisory Council Member.  More intimately, I also became a mentor in the Big Sister mentor program which focused on guiding younger, incoming women onto a rehabilitative path.  Each day I affirm myself and all the skills I've learned, and all of the programs I participated in, and continue to look for programs that will further this growth.” If released, Arlene will be surrounded by a supportive, loving community who looks forward to being there for her as she continues to recover from the traumatic events she experienced. She is eager to reconnect with her children and grandchildren outside of prison and to rebuild her life.  Please join us in asking Governor Newsom to grant commutation to incarcerated survivor, Arlene Dugmore!

Survived & Punished
38,451 supporters
Petitioning Gavin Newsom

Grant Commutation for Incarcerated Survivor Tomiekia Johnson!

SUMMARY Tomiekia Johnson is a Black mother, an incarcerated survivor of ongoing severe domestic violence, and a former highway patrol officer. While attempting to defend herself from physical violence by her abusive husband, Tomiekia and her husband struggled with a gun, resulting in a fatal shot that ended his life. Tomiekia was convicted and sentenced to 50 years to life (25 years to life with an additional 25 to life for a gun enhancement). Due to a series of systemic biases, her trial failed to take into account the context of profound violence that she experienced within the relationship. Because of the constant danger domestic violence caused for Tomiekia, she has been in prison since 2012, forcibly separating her from her child, family, and community. Join us in asking Governor Gavin Newsom to commute Tomiekia’s sentence so that she can recover with the support of her loving family. BACKGROUND Tomiekia Johnson is a Black mother, an incarcerated survivor of ongoing severe domestic violence, and a former highway patrol officer. While defending her life during a physical assault by her husband, he was fatally shot. Tomiekia was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to Life with an additional 25-year sentence due to a gun enhancement. Due to a series of systemic biases, her trial failed to take into account the context of profound violence that she experienced within the relationship.   For years, Tomiekia experienced severe intimate partner violence, creating an increasingly untenable situation as she did her best to survive. She was targeted with ongoing psychological and physical violence, threats, and coercion from her husband, filling her with fear for her life and for her family’s safety. In 2009, Tomiekia’s husband physically assaulted her in the car while she was driving. While attempting to defend herself from physical violence by her abusive husband, Tomiekia and her husband struggled with a gun, resulting in a fatal shot that ended his life. Tomiekia’s mother called 911 immediately after this happened and Tomiekia was not arrested or charged until two years later. Despite video evidence of her husband abusing her before they got in the car, she was not believed as a victim of domestic violence and her experience of abuse was not taken into account during her trial. In prison, Tomiekia has demonstrated community leadership through facilitating self-help groups and personal development groups such as Pathways to Freedom. She also consistently volunteers for charity and holiday programs, doing so as a practice of her Christian faith, and she is a facilitator for the Live, Learn, and Prosper program where she supports others who have experienced trauma. In addition to her service to others, Tomiekia has continued to build on her education. Tomiekia has deep moral principles and faith and, although she acknowledges that she acted in a context of intimate partner violence, she is also profoundly remorseful for the events that led to her conviction. If released, Tomiekia will be surrounded by a supportive community who need her and look forward to being there for her as she navigates her process of recovering from the traumatic events she has experienced. She hopes to rebuild her life and become a mentor and public speaker about domestic violence, especially for young Black women who are struggling with similar kinds of intersections of violence. Survivors of domestic and sexual violence should be supported, not punished and imprisoned for the rest of their lives. We urge you to commute Tomiekia’s sentence. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Survived & Punished
20,627 supporters
Petitioning Gavin Newsom

#FreeLiyah

Liyah Birru, a Black immigrant from Ethiopia, was prosecuted and incarcerated for defending herself against her abusive husband who had subjected her to beatings, sexual assault, verbal abuse, threats, and racial slurs. After serving her sentence, she now faces the added punishment of deportation. Liyah’s story is all too familiar. Black women, particularly immigrants, are incarcerated and deported at over twice the rate of white women. Upwards of 90% of incarcerated women are survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault. Liyah doesn’t have to be deported and further punished for surviving abuse. Governor Newsom can stand with survivors, grant a pardon and stop Liyah’s deportation! Liyah’s Story Liyah met her husband in Ethiopia where he was stationed with the military.  After two years in a long distance relationship, Liyah moved to rural Northern California as a green card holder to join her husband. Life became a nightmare for Liyah soon after she moved in with her husband. Liyah’s husband, a white man, began referring to her as a slave and using racial slurs towards her. The abuse soon escalated - he began destroying her possessions, clothes and became physically abusive.  He’d often apologize and promise to change but would soon become violent again. Isolated in rural California, without a car, and with no friends or family for hundreds of miles, Liyah felt trapped. As the abuse rapidly escalated, she began to fear for her life. Her husband owned a handgun that he kept loaded and would often hold during arguments. Liyah began secretly unloading the handgun when he was not home. When he became violent, Liyah threatened to call the police. Her husband was unphased, promising that police would believe him, a white man, not her, a Black woman, and that he’d have her arrested and deported. Liyah wanted to leave and go to a domestic violence shelter but had no way to get there. Her husband refused to let her leave. The abuse continued to escalate until one day when he slammed her head into a wall, pulled her hair, and hit her in the ribs. Her husband was twice her size. Terrified, Liyah went into the bedroom, unloaded his handgun, and took it. She hoped the sight of her with the gun would cause him to become less aggressive but he continued. Scared that she had no way out, Liyah fired the unloaded gun hoping it would scare him. Unknown to her, one bullet had been left in the chamber of the gun and hit her husband. Liyah called 911. Her husband successfully underwent surgery to remove the bullet. When police arrived, they found Liyah bruised and bleeding. Still, they did not investigate the violence against her and charged her with assault and domestic violence. Facing aggressive prosecution by the district attorney's office, Liyah accepted a plea deal with the promise of a lighter sentence. California law requires judges to consider if someone is a survivor of intimate partner violence. Liyah’s husband testified that he had never been abusive despite the bruises and cuts on Liyah when police arrived and numerous notes apologizing for past abuse. The judge refused to believe Liyah, found that she was not a survivor, and gave her a six-year sentence which would also carry the double punishment of deportation after she completed her sentence. As California Attorney General, Kamala Harris opposed Liyah’s appeal arguing that the record was unclear as to whether she was really a survivor. Liyah’s appeal was dismissed. After serving her six-year sentence, Liyah was arrested by ICE as she left prison. She was taken to the Yuba County Jail which rents space to ICE to be held pending deportation. Liyah’s story is not the exception: Multiple studies indicate that between 71% and 95% of incarcerated women have experienced physical violence from an intimate partner. In 2017, there were 219,000 women in US prisons and jails, most of them poor and of color. In 2014, according to the Sentencing Project, black non-Hispanic females had an imprisonment rate over twice that of white non-Hispanic females. Black immigrants face deportation for criminal convictions at a rate 3x higher than other immigrants. Liyah has suffered enough abuse: first from her violent husband, then from the courts, then from prison, and now, immigration detention. Governor Gavin Newsom can help stop the further abuse of deportation by granting her a pardon.

Survived & Punished
638,371 supporters
Petitioning Gavin Newsom

Grant Commutation for Incarcerated Survivor Janetta Leiva!

Janetta Leiva is a 50-year-old Native American woman (Yokut and Yaqui Nations) and a survivor of intimate partner violence diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. She has been incarcerated for over 26 years. She was criminalized for actions taken while she was suffering from untreated paranoid schizophrenia and postpartum depression, both compounded by her experience of physical and emotional abuse. She was sentenced to 25 years to life. Janetta is currently housed in the Enhanced Outpatient Unit (EOP) at the California Institution for Women (CIW). The EOP is the largest mental health unit at CIW and has been the site of an ongoing suicide crisis at the prison. For over twenty years, no one incarcerated in the EOP has been granted parole. The parole board appears to be conflating psychiatric disability with dangerousness, often disregarding the work people have done to achieve the most mental health stability possible in a chaotic and traumatizing prison environment. This discrimination incarcerates people with psychiatric disabilities indefinitely, leaving people caged without care until death. Janetta is one of the people trapped in prison because of this discrimination. She was denied parole in 2015 and fears, because of her psychiatric disability, she will be left to die in prison. While she is formally eligible for parole, Janetta is in the impossible position of needing to convince the parole board that she does not have a psychiatric disability in order to achieve parole. She is currently applying for a commutation of her sentence from Governor Newsom, with the goal of being released to a community-based program capable of providing her with support and mental healthcare services. We urge the Governor’s office to commute Janetta’s sentence to time-served and release her to the community-based support that will allow her to live with dignity and care.

Survived & Punished
3,403 supporters
Petitioning Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Grant Commutation for Incarcerated Survivor Gabriela Solano!

SUMMARY Gabriela Solano is an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence who has served 20 years in prison for her involvement in a crime committed by her abusive boyfriend and his acquaintances. Enduring the longstanding effects of an 8-year relationship characterized by volatility, violence, and emotional abuse, Gabriela was placed in a dangerous and impossible situation for which she remains unduly penalized. Even though she took no actions and held no intent to end anyone’s life, Gabriela has suffered from the connected experiences of domestic abuse and harshly punitive measures like the felony murder rule which allowed her to be sentenced to Life Without Parole with an additional 25 years to Life. Governor Brown’s commutation is a crucial step to giving Gabriela the second chance she deserves. Join us in asking Governor Jerry Brown to commute Gabriela’s sentence from Life Without Parole plus 25-to-life to a parole-eligible sentence.   BACKGROUND A few days after her 26th birthday and after an attempt to leave her ex-boyfriend and start anew, Gabriela found herself in a hopeless and desperate situation wherein she was coerced to drive him to an area where he and his acquaintances committed a car theft. Begging to leave the scene and avoid further trauma, Gabriela’s boyfriend threatened and forced her to drive them to another destination, fearing that, if left alone, Gabriela may report the crime. While waiting at a traffic light, a passenger in Gabriela’s car instigated an altercation with pedestrians that—to Gabriela’s stunned horror—ended in a death. Immediately, her ex-boyfriend demanded that she conceal the incident, threatening harm and criminal punishment if she reported the episode to authorities. As a measure of survival, Gabriela agreed. Gabriela, her ex-boyfriend, and their acquaintances were ultimately charged.   At the time of her arraignment, Gabriela—who did not recognize the implications of sentence enhancements or California’s felony murder rule—chose not to accept a plea bargain because she had taken no actions to end anyone’s life. Throughout her trial, she struggled with compromised legal counsel, and her appeals to change counsel were denied by a judge who also deprived her jury of the benefit of a domestic violence expert who could have offered insight on the crucial nuances and far-reaching impact of Gabriela’s experience of abuse. For example, when Gabriela pleaded with her ex-boyfriend to attest to her lack of direct involvement in the crime, he used the court as a way to extend his pattern of injury and control, telling her that she deserved a sentence of Life Without Parole as punishment for attempting to leave their relationship. Because of the wide reach of accomplice liability under the felony murder rule—which requires no proof of intent or direct involvement in first-degree murder—Gabriela was sentenced to Life Without Parole with an additional 25 years to Life. Despite this devastating course of events, Gabriela has spent the last 20 years seeking positive change for herself and for others. Gabriela has worked hard to heal from the longstanding effects of her own trauma. She has taken over 1,000 hours of rehabilitative classes, and volunteered to support fellow incarcerated survivors through the Walk of Love project. She has utilized her training in office services to serve as a clerk for over 12 years, and is currently on track to receive her Associate’s Degree. Gabriela has a passion for language, and hopes for a career in civic translation and English as a Second Language instruction. She is a daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, and we believe her greatest potential is ahead of her. Join us in asking Governor Brown to commute Gabriela’s sentence from Life Without Parole to a parole eligible sentence. Survivors of gender violence should receive support and affirmation rather than harsh punishments for acts committed by their abusers.  

Survived & Punished
1,468 supporters
Petitioning California Governor Gavin Newsom

Grant Commutation for Incarcerated Survivor Kanoa "Rae" Harris-Pendang!

Kanoa "Rae" Harris-Pendang is a transgender survivor who has been incarcerated in California for over 20 years. In an example of the extreme and disproportionate sentencing of trans people of color, Kanoa was sentenced to two life without parole sentences and two 25-to-life sentences in 1998 for “conspiring to commit” two murders that he did not commit. Kanoa is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and he was in a psychologically abusive relationship at the time of his arrest, a key context for his conviction. At 23 years old, Kanoa did not take the stand to testify at his own trial because he had no faith that he would be believed. Based on how he was treated pre-trial, he was convinced that no police officer, prosecutor, juror or judge would care that he was not at the scene of either death, or that he was trying to protect his mother from harm. Kanoa also suffered from an inadequate legal defense. His paid attorney practiced civil, not criminal law and had never tried a murder case. As an example, he hired his 17-year-old son to investigate Kanoa’s case. After he lost Kanoa’s case, he did not even attempt to collect the rest of the funds from the family (over $20,000), indicating that on some level he knew he failed to defend Kanoa’s life. After 21 years in prison, Kanoa is now 45 years old. He is well-respected as a leader by his imprisoned community and staff alike. Among his many accomplishments, he founded Peace Day and Peace Games in 2007. He came up with the idea after incidents of racialized violence in the prison and successfully brought communities together to build networks of solidarity and care. Kanoa is a Certified Mediator and he works daily to decrease violence, reduce the harms of imprisonment, and support his peers. Kanoa served his community as the first trans Chairperson of the Inmate Advisory Council (the prison’s elected, representative body of incarcerated people), and he is a Domestic Violence Program Facilitator and a mentor to incoming youth, all of which he truly enjoys. In Kanoa’s own words: “To be sentenced to death by incarceration wiped my hope with the sound of the gavel. Fortunately my spirit to survive surpassed the lost hope that was trying to be embedded in my heart by a hammer and robe. Now that there is hope amongst the community of people serving life without parole (LWOP), I feel like it took that gavel for me to rebel against its hopeless intention to ultimately prepare me for freedom. I humbly ask for your support with my freedom and continue hoping for a living chance for all people serving death by incarceration.” Please join us in asking Governor Gavin Newsom to commute Kanoa's sentence from life without parole to a parole-eligible sentence.

Survived & Punished
9,477 supporters
Petitioning California Governor

Grant Commutation for Incarcerated Survivor Stacey Dyer!

SUMMARY Stacey Dyer is an incarcerated survivor of child sexual abuse and severe domestic violence who has been in prison for 17 years. By the time she was convicted and sentenced to Life Without Parole when she was 22 years old, she suffered from the devastating long-term effects of profound and repeated sexual, physical, and psychological abuse, important context for her conviction. Please join us in asking Governor Gavin Newsom to commute Stacey Dyer’s sentence from Life Without Parole to a parole-eligible sentence. BACKGROUND Stacey Dyer is an incarcerated survivor of child sexual abuse, rape, and domestic violence who has been in prison for 16 years. By the time she was convicted and sentenced to Life Without Parole when she was 22 years old, Stacey had suffered from the devastating long-term effects of profound sexual, physical, and psychological abuse. Because Stacey had experienced compounded trauma, her sense of safety was shattered. When she was 20 years old, Stacey was attacked by a group of men and raped. A year later, she thought she had finally found safety in a relationship with a person who was the lead member of a gang and who promised to protect her. However, this context of compromised safety ultimately led to her crime. Stacey continues to experience profound remorse and grief as a result, in addition to contending with her own experiences of violence. In prison, Stacey has taken initiative to create positive change in her community and, as a result, she was elected into multiple leadership positions by her peers. Stacey serves as a certified peer mentor and a trained facilitator for many support groups such as grief counseling and suicide prevention. Stacey is also deeply involved in her own healing and transformation, participating in dozens of programs on topics such as insight, restorative justice, conflict resolution, and domestic violence. Like many other stories of criminalized survivors, Stacey’s life reflects the consequences of our community’s failure to adequately support child and adult survivors of sexual and physical abuse. This lack of support creates and sustains ongoing cycles of violence. We urge Governor Newsom to help end the conditions of violence that shaped Stacey’s life by giving her the opportunity to seek parole and continue to heal, make amends, and give back to her community. Join us in asking Governor Newsom to commute Stacey Dyer’s sentence from Life Without Parole to a parole-eligible sentence. Thank you for your support. Please also sign our petitions to commute Christina, Brandy, Rae & Tammy. To support more survivors, follow us @survivepunish.

Survived & Punished
7,465 supporters
Petitioning California Governor

Grant Commutation for Incarcerated Survivor Christina Martinez!

SUMMARY Christina Martinez is an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence who has been in prison for nine years as a result of her abuser’s lethal violence. Christina was only 19 years old when, under the abusive duress of her boyfriend, she drove him and his friends to a house where, without her knowing, they committed a robbery that resulted in a death. Christina’s boyfriend then threatened to kill her if she told anyone. By the time she was convicted and sentenced to Life Without Parole in her early 20s, Christina suffered from the long-term effects of severe psychological and sexual abuse. Join us in asking Governor Jerry Brown to commute Christina Martinez’s sentence from Life Without Parole to a parole-eligible sentence. BACKGROUND Christina Martinez is an incarcerated survivor of abuse from childhood through adulthood. At age two, she was sexually abused by the neighbors. Christina also experienced domestic violence in her household throughout her childhood. By the time she was 18 years old, Christina’s boyfriend was psychologically, physically, verbally, and sexually abusing her. In July 2004, Christina was 19 years old when her boyfriend forced her to drive him and two of his friends to the store. During the drive he changed his plan and threatened her to follow his directions. Christina thus drove him and his friends to a house she did not know. Under coercion and fear, Christina went to the house with her boyfriend/abuser and his friends. After she witnessed that they forced themselves into the home, Christina rushed back to the car terrified, not knowing that a robbery was taking place and that it resulted in someone’s death. Still unsure of what happened, her boyfriend/abuser returned to the car with his friends and shouted at her to drive, telling her “I’ll kill you if you ever speak of this day.” By 2005, Christina was 20 years old and pregnant with her first child, worked full time at a bank, and continued to experience daily abuse from her boyfriend. Continuing to control her and her daily activities, Christina’s boyfriend/abuser demanded she bring him activated bank cards and he started withdrawing money. Ultimately the bank initiated an investigation and, in fear for the lives of her children and her own, Christina took full responsibility for the bank card fraud. By 2008, she pled guilty to all the fraud charges and she was sentenced to home detention due to her pregnancy with her third child. Christina’s taking responsibility for this incident - even though under duress - was another example of her attempts to survive under constant threat to her life and that of her children and family. In 2009, 23-year-old Christina was arrested in Sacramento for her believed involvement in the 2004 robbery-murder incident, which was eventually consolidated with the bank card fraud incident. Both Christina and her boyfriend/abuser were charged with murder: the felony murder rule was used to hold them both equally culpable, even though Christina did not murder anyone. Awaiting trial at Sacramento County Jail, her boyfriend/abuser - who had throughout their relationship demanded “obedience” under threat of harm - sent messages threatening violence, including killing their children, if she testified against him. These messages reflected the extent of her boyfriend/abuser’s terror, cruelty, and control even throughout Christina’s legal proceedings. Ultimately, at the age of 26, Christina was sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole. Since then, she has devoted her time in prison to seeking healing while advocating with and supporting other incarcerated survivors. Christina describes the positive journey she has been on since entering prison, as she continues to participate in many programs, including restorative justice programs like Bridges to Life, Walk to Remember, and Pattern for Change. She is also a peer educator for groups like Beyond Violence, a Healing Trauma facilitator for newly incarcerated people, and a lead instructor for Living Outside Violence Everyday. Most importantly to Christina, she is proud to be a mother to her three children who are now 9, 11, and 12 years old. As an incarcerated mother, Christina does her ultimate best to parent her children and teach them about life experiences. Join us in asking Governor Brown to commute Christina Martinez’s sentence from Life Without Parole to a parole-eligible sentence. Survivors of domestic violence should be strongly supported and affirmed rather than punished for violent acts committed by their abusers.  Thank you for your support. Please also see our petitions to commute Stacey, Rae, Brandy & Tammy. To support more survivors, follow us @survivepunish.

Survived & Punished
11,341 supporters