“We applaud Governor Haslam for recognizing Ms. Brown’s extraordinary educational growth and rehabilitation in prison, despite being a victim of childhood sex trafficking and born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder,” said BWHI President and CEO, Linda Goler Blount. Every day, Black women in the U.S. face higher rates of sexual violence, rape and homicide than their white counterparts. “While we believe that the passage of the recent criminal justice reform legislation is an important first step, Ms. Brown’s story reminds us all that there is much more work to be done around mass incarceration and violence against women particularly,” Blount says.
“There are so many Cyntoia Browns who no one hears about or fights for,” says Blount. “BWHI will continue to be a voice for criminal justice reform, as we push for protections for Black women and girls who are victimized by sex traffickers and subjected to violence and abuse.”