At the beginning of September, Diane Hafsah Al-Amin joined CCWP as a full-time staff person. She will be working on our fundraising efforts, helping to coordinate the Sista 2 Sista visiting team, and being a part of all our program work. A former CCWP prison visiting team volunteer, Hafsah?s interest in criminal justice is augmented by her successful 29 year marriage to a former San Quentin death row inmate.
She is an alumni of Women?s Health Leadership (WHL), a Center for Collaborative Planning program, and a founding member of Mu?akhah, Inc. a SF Bay Area based non-profit agency designed to provide health related resources and education to underserved Muslim women and others experiencing cultural barriers to public resources. She has extensive experience working with women in transition including incarcerated women, women in substance abuse treatment and women survivors of domestic violence.
Currently an undergraduate, Hafsah is pursuing graduate studies in Counseling Psychology. ?In the end, the strength we need to save and heal ourselves is found deep inside, rooted in our own perceptions of ourselves. My personal mission is to help our sisters shine some light on those dark, fearful places that keep us constricted and unable to move forward. Knowing ones true and divine nature is the key to the acceptance of ourselves and finally others? acceptance of us.? Hafsah plans to continue working with women on issues of mental health and self-sufficiency.
Our Outreach Coordinator, Nia Sykes (see The Fire Inside issue #37 for introduction), will now be working 25 hours a week with CCWP, continuing our work in the San Francisco women?s jail and expanding our community outreach efforts.