Topeka K. Sam founded The Ladies of Hope Ministries (The LOHM) in 2017 to support women and girls who are impacted by the criminal legal system. While incarcerated, she realized that prison and jail are not conducive to healing and rehabilitation. Upon her release, Topeka made it her mission to create pathways to success for women and girls and advocate for alternatives to incarceration.
Our mission is to empower women and girls to create sustainable lives post-incarceration. We drive change in the social justice movement by connecting them to housing, food, healthcare, living wage employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities, education, and advocacy that amplifies the voices of those who have been impacted by the criminal legal system.
By The Numbers
The effect of mass incarceration on women and girls
million women are currently
under supervision in the criminal justice system
86% of women in jail have been victims of sexual violence or trauma.
63% of women in state and federal prisons have been convicted of non-violent crimes. That figure jumps to 82% for women in local jails.
Reports of sexual victimization for people in prison increased by 281% between 2011 and 2015. And while women represented 13% of the jail population between 2009 and 2011, they represented 67% of the victims of sexual violence
69% of women in prison and 72% of women in jail meet the diagnostic criteria for drug dependence and abuse.