My project, Making the Invisible Visible, illuminates women in the process of reclaiming their worth, their joy and their dignity as they participate in a reentry program at Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Center in San Diego.
Looking out from these images are eyes that have most likely witnessed unspeakable brutality— but shine with determination and hope. These are women who are learning to trust again, possibly even for the first time in their lives. They have found friendship, they are experiencing spiritual enlightenment, some are growing in their need to give back to the program and their sisters.
Transformation happens right in front of our eyes. There are tears and there are moments of serious contemplation but those times of reflection usher forth profound understanding. The camera introduces the viewer to women who have learned to come out of hiding, to cast aside their anger and fear. It is my desire to introduce these women to you to help them have a second chance in life.
This slideshow was made for Dr Stephanie Covington for the 16th Bi-Annual Adult Juvenile Female Offender (AJFO) Conference, October 13-15, 2015 in Hartford, Connecticut.
Dr. Stephanie Covington is a clinician, author, organizational consultant, and lecturer recognized for her pioneering work in the area of women’s issues, Dr. Covington specializes in the development and implementation of gender-responsive and trauma-informed services in both the public and private sectors.