The LOHM in the News

A day with the women of Ladies of Hope Ministries

Virgin Visit | Dec 20, 2023

Women from the Ladies of Hope Ministries stopped by Virgin’s office in New York recently for a day of engaging workshops and meaningful conversations with the team.

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Upper West side teen creates hydroponic gardens, helps feed thousands in the Bronx

Pix NYC | Jan 24, 2023

UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (PIX11) — An Upper West Side teen is giving back to his community, helping feed thousands of people in the Bronx with his nonprofit...

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From Federal Prison To Founder: Topeka K. Sam Helps Incarcerated Women Reenter Society With Dignity

Forbes | Dec 22, 2022

As more states implement no-cash bail policies to decrease jail populations, it sparks the question of what is being done for those already serving a misdemeanor or nonviolent felony...

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The Best Holiday Gifts for Everyone (That Do Good, Too)

The Strategist I Dec 8, 2022

Though donating directly and demanding policy change are the best ways to support the causes near and dear to you, a gift that happens to give back...

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The Reality of Women Behind Bars

WA Post | Nov 15, 2022

After recent reports of a ‘night of terror’ inside a women’s prison in Indiana, a formerly incarcerated woman turned campaigner and the new director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons talk about what’s really happening...

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The Athlete’s Foot teams up with Adidas School of Experiential Education

Fashion United | Nov 17, 2022

Global retailer of athletic footwear, apparel, and accessories The Athlete’s Foot (TAF) is collaborating with German sportswear brand Adidas’ School of Experiential Education in Design...

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The Athlete's Foot Partners with adidas School for Experiential Education in Design for Soles of Hope Event

PR Newswire I Nov 10, 2022

The specialty footwear and lifestyle chain, The Athlete's Foot (TAF) is partnering with adidas School for Experiential Education in Design (S.E.E.D.) on their Soles of Hope event in New Orleans on November 20th...

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Giving formerly incarcerated women a pathway into professional careers | Oct 7, 2022

Virgin Unite believes that everyone deserves a fair chance and is proud to support The Ladies of Hope Ministries...

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#RemissionNow Campaign in partnership with REFORM Alliance

Press release | Aug 9, 2022

The Ladies of Hope Ministries (The LOHM) is seeking reformative justice regarding restitution and kicking off the #RemissionNow Campaign...

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IWoman TV Interview
Season 3 EP 13

iWoman TV I 2022

Cathleen Trigg-Jones speaks with Dr. Topeka K. Sam, founder and executive director of The Ladies of Hope Ministries, about the staggering disparities...

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Soledad O Brian | May 15, 2022

Formerly incarcerated women are far more likely to be homeless than the general public. With few resources available to help...

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Soledad O Brian | May 15, 2022

Louisiana has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, especially for women. With few resources available to help...

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Topeka K. Sam to Receive Google’s Inaugural Social Impact Award for Work With Formerly Incarcerated Women

Variety I May 4, 2022

May 5 means a lot to Topeka K. Sam. On that day in 2015, she was released from prison, and on May 5, 2022, she’ll be honored...

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Topeka K. Sam Power of Women Speech

MSN News | May 5, 2022

Variety‘s 2022 Power of Women Event

Variety | Apr 15, 2022

The New York event will honor Drew Barrymore, Camila Cabello, Kim Cattrall, Queen Latifah, Amanda Seyfried, and Venus Williams.

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Unlocking career pathways for women impacted by the criminal legal system

Virgin Orbit I Apr 1, 2022

With unemployment at near-record lows in the US, business leaders are frequently citing hiring as a challenge to their companies’ success...

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Readers sound off on birth behind bars, concealed weapons and canned hunts

New York Daily News | Apr 14, 2022

Manhattan: It’s Black Maternal Health Week, when all across the country, people are raising their voices and taking action to support the health of Black women...

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Meet the Formerly Incarcerated Advocates Revolutionizing Giving Birth in Prison

Rewire News Group | Feb 8, 2022

A prison doula program is carving a prison-to-doula pipeline, aiming to address large-scale issues like prison birth and poverty.

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Topeka K. Sam: Healing Incarcerated Women's Trauma in Her Journey from Prison to The LOHM

Honey Suckle Magazine I Dec 2021

Topeka K. Sam's journey to heal incarcerated women's trauma took her from "queenpin" to founding The Ladies of Hope Ministries...

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Harlem Restaurant Week Returns With 60 Restaurants and Bars

Black News Channel | Nov 4, 2021

...Keeping that Harlem hospitality in mind, the organizer of Harlem Park to Park, Nikoa Evans-Hendricks, has partnered with the Angel Food Project to deliver meals to food-insecure families...

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Topeka Sam, Mama Glow Offer Doula Training for Women, Non-Binary Individuals Impacted by the Criminal Legal System

Latin Post | Aug 28, 2021

Topeka Sam and her nonprofit The Ladies of Hope Ministries (the LOHM), together with top maternity...

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Topeka K. Sam speaks about women, incarceration, and second chances

MYD Global | Aug 23, 2021

According to a June 2019 report by The Sentencing Project, the number of incarcerated women increased by more than 750% between 1980 and 2017, rising from 26,378 to 225,060...

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Activist Topeka K. Sam, pardoned by Trump, visits New Orleans home for ex-incarcerated women

Crain NY | Apr 12, 2021

On Monday, high-profile justice advocate Topeka K. Sam visited New Orleans to help celebrate the first anniversary of Hope House NOLA...

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Google partners with nonprofits on skills training for formerly incarcerated people

Crain NY | Apr 29, 2021

People who were previously incarcerated are unemployed at five times the national average. A new training program backed by Google and a group of city nonprofits hopes to improve that...

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Bringing digital skills to previously incarcerated jobseekers

Latin Post | Apr 29, 2021

When I was in federal prison, I witnessed firsthand how incarceration affects people's lives — even long after they're released. After my own release in 2015...

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The Safe Housing Space Giving Hope to Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls

NY1 | Mar 22, 2021

Queens-native Kat Stroke is a resident at Hope House, a safe housing space in the Bronx for women and girls recently released from prison or jail...

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Inside Hope House: Helping Others After Prison

NY1 | Mar 22, 2021

Hope House is The Ladies of Hope Ministries independent living space designed to provide a holistic environment of support services, guidance, and safe housing...

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The LOHM Announces First-of-its-kind Partnership with Third Point

Business Wire | Mar 4, 2021

Partnership gives the LOHM access to Third Point’s business, legal, real estate, technology, and communications expertise...

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A Hedge Fund’s Bet On Criminal Justice

The New York Times | Feb 27, 2021

Topeka Sam, who helps women re-entering society after prison, gets more than just money from Daniel S. Loeb’s $16 billion firm, Third Point...

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The Bronx Social Justice and Anti-Violence Forums

BronxNet | Jan 15, 2021

Host Daren Jaime sits down with the Founder of the Ladies of Hope Ministries, Topeka Sam to discuss the work of The LOHM...

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NFL Communications | Jan 8, 2021

​​League expands grant pool, dedicates funding toward closing the "digital divide" and will keep Inspire Change at the forefront during the postseason...

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NFL's Inspire Change initiative gives grant to BK-based LOHM

News12 | Jan 10, 2021

The NFL's social justice initiative gave out 13 grants to organizations across the country this week, including Ladies of Hope Ministry in Brooklyn.

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NFL Inspire Change Grant

Twitter | Jan 10, 2021

The NFL and its clubs have contributed more than $95 million in support of education, economic advancement, police and community relations and criminal justice reform.

Trump pardoned us. But pardons don’t replace criminal justice reform.

The Washington Post | Dec 24, 2020

Christopher 2X is executive director of the nonprofit Christopher 2X Game Changers Inc. Topeka K. Sam is founder and executive director...

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Topeka K. Sam Talks Mass Incarceration of Women & Girls

The Shawnta Jackson | Dec 19, 2020

Freed from prison, women get a safe home and help reentering society at new Hope House NOLA | Oct 1, 2020

As soon as she was released from her eight-year incarceration at the Louisiana Correctional Institute...

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Operation Restoration and The LOHM Celebrate Hope House NOLA

SwagHer Magazine | Sep 23, 2020

Host Daren Jaime sits down with the Founder of the Ladies of Hope Ministries, Topeka Sam to discuss the work of The LOHM...

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Hope House NOLA

Fox 8 Local First | Sep 21, 2020

Operation Restoration recently opened Hop House NOLA. It's a living space deigned to provide a safe space...

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Hope House NOLA opens Friday

WWL-TV | Sep 11, 2020

A new safe space is opening in New Orleans to help women and girls transition from incarceration to a stable life...

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Topeka K. Sam on Decriminalizing Women and Girls

Where Girl Radio Lives | Sep 10, 2020

Host Daren Jaime sits down with the Founder of the Ladies of Hope Ministries, Topeka Sam to discuss the work of The LOHM...

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Operation Restoration Celebrates Official Grand Opening of Hope House NOLA

Biz New Orleans | Sep 8, 2020

Operation Restoration, a New Orleans-based nonprofit focused on empowering women impacted...

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World of Speakers E.79 COVID-19 Special: Topeka K. Sam

World Of Speakers | Aug 12, 2020

Ryan Foland talks to Topeka K. Sam, speaker, advocate, and the founder and executive director of ‘The Ladies of Hope Ministries’...

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Reentry Spotlight: The LOHM

Connection Network GTL | July 24, 2020

Returning citizens have an open road ahead of them that is full of opportunity, and there are several organizations that can help steer the way like The Ladies of Hope Ministries...

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Confined with COVID-19: A conversation on women, incarceration and safety

NewsOne and Until Freedom | Apr 23, 2020

Confined with COVID-19: A conversation on women, incarceration and safety…

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PerSister award winner Topeka Sam

Women in the World | Mar 31, 2020


‘No such thing as social distancing’ when you’re incarcerated

The Washington Post | Mar 31, 2020

Holly Harris is the president of Justice Action Network. Topeka K. Sam is co-founder and senior adviser of New Yorkers United for Justice...

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Finding meaningful work after prison isn’t easy. Here’s how these women did.

The Lily | Jan 24, 2020

Here are the personal stories of two previously incarcerated women now leading highly successful careers...

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Activist, former inmate says there's no reliable access to feminine hygiene products in prison

CBS News | May 23, 2019

Activist Topeka K. Sam Sets Deal With 44 Blue Productions

Variety | Oct 29, 2018

Activist and social entrepreneur Topeka K. Sam has signed a development deal with 44 Blue ProductionsVariety has learned exclusively...

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Topeka K. Sam joins The Marshall Project’s Board of Directors

The Marshall Project | Oct 9, 2018

Topeka K. Sam, founder and executive director of The Ladies of Hope Ministries, is joining the Board of Directors of The Marshall Project...

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The powerful movement for incarcerated women

CNN | Mar 10, 2020

There is a powerful movement taking shape to stand up on behalf of some of our country’s most silenced and vulnerable women...

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A Safe Housing Space for Formerly Incarcerated Women Faces Opposition from Lawmakers and Neighbors

Vice | Mar 1, 2018

Topeka Sam has always been good at connecting people to opportunity – that skill landed her in prison on drug conspiracy charges...

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Formerly Incarcerated Woman Builds Hope in the Bronx | Oct 18, 2017

When Topeka K. Sam came home after being imprisoned for three years, she knew her transition would be uncomfortable but fairly easy...

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