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Category: Human Rights

The Carceral Carousel: Q&A with Grantees Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Detention Watch Network

Over the past three decades, the federal immigration and criminal legal systems have become increasingly intertwined. Using the criminalization of Black and brown people as a tool, these two systems, working in tandem, have driven up rates of arrest, incarceration, and deportation, fueling the growth of the prison industry and leading to the separation of both citizen and noncitizen families.

Heising-Simons Foundation Joins Philanthropic Funders in Response to Supreme Court’s Decision on Affirmative Action

The Heising-Simons Foundation signed the following statement by funders and philanthropic organizations in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings in Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina and Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College.

Liz Simons: “The Biggest Driver of Mass Incarceration? Maybe Mass Incarceration”

“One of the biggest drivers of mass incarceration, for all genders, is mass incarceration itself,” writes Liz Simons, Heising-Simons Foundation’s Chair of the Board, in her article for the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS).

Introducing Three New Colleagues

The Heising-Simons Foundation is excited to welcome two new program officers, joining our Climate and Clean Energy and Human Rights teams, and a program associate joining our Community and Opportunity team.

Supporting Solidarity and Power Building Across Movements

Over the last two years, the pandemic exposed the intersections of multiple structures of inequality including race, ethnicity, gender, immigration status, and class, which have a multiplying, devastating effect when they cross paths for the same individual. Immigrant women of color, their families, and communities have experienced criminalization in this country in similar yet different ways. 

Q & A with Mariame Kaba, founder and director of Project Nia, and co-founder and principal at Interrupting Criminalization

Q & A with Mariame Kaba, founder, and director of Project Nia and also co-founder and a principal at Interrupting Criminalization. Mariame Kaba is also a co-founder of Survived and Punished, a national formation that is working alongside and on behalf of criminalized survivors of violence.

Introducing Two New Program Officers for the Human Rights Team

The Human Rights program challenges the mass criminalization of Black, Brown, and people of color. We support ecosystems working to dismantle systems of incarceration, including immigrant detention, while also supporting them to build the vision of a world they want to see, not premised on punishment.

Heising-Simons Foundation Joins Community Violence Intervention Collaborative

The Heising-Simons Foundation is pleased to join several other philanthropic funders to support the newly formed Community Violence Intervention Collaborative (CVIC). CVIC, formed by the Biden-Harris administration, will strengthen and grow community-led interventions in 15 jurisdictions to reduce violence and increase public safety for children, families, and communities in the United States. Violence is an epidemic …

Board Chair Liz Simons Delivers Remarks on Her Justice Journey

I’d like to tell you a little story about a moment in time, years ago when I was a new teacher in Oakland, California, and I took my 5th/6thgrade class on a field trip to the old prison on Alcatraz Island. The children were wind-blown and exuberant from the ferry ride, and the island was stunning in the cold sunshine; we were tourists in this prison land from long ago.