Louisville Family Justice Advocates (LFJA) is a coalition formed in December 2018 that advances equitable policies and fair practices for families with incarcerated loved ones in Jefferson County, Kentucky. LFJA is a collaborative coalition guided by values of respect, dignity, and unity. The coalition is committed to the goal of at least 50% participation of people with direct experiences of incarceration.
The lead partner in founding the coalition is The Special Project. Established in 2008, the Special Project is an independent team of artists and advocates who create weekly art activities with children and caregivers awaiting video visitation with their incarcerated loved ones in the Louisville Metro Jail. In 2018, the Special Project worked with the Louisville Metro Center for Health Equity to document the impact of parental incarceration on children’s health in Jefferson County.
LFJA’s primary focus areas for 2020 are: 1) implementing a pilot program using Family Responsibility Statements for custodial parents in District Courts and 2) creating better quality visitation policies and practices for families with incarcerated loved ones in our community. These focus areas were selected through a two-year community coaching process with the national County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. Four Community Conversations, supported by Healthy Places By Design, were instrumental in forming the coalition in December 2018.
LFJA conducts public meetings four times a year to share information and encourage partnership building. The year-round work of the coalition is guided by a working Leadership Team. Leaders on the Team focus on Data & Analysis; Policy & Advocacy; Communications and Community Connections.
If you would like to support the work that we do, please consider donating!
Your donations are tax deductible. LFJA is a 501 (c) (3) charity under the Internal Revenue Code.
The LFJA logo design is by Louisville artist Marilyn Holmes.