Unlocks career pathways for women impacted by the criminal legal system


Everyone deserves a fair chance. We are fighting to break the cycles of poverty and incarceration that the criminal legal system often creates. The Pathways 4 Equity (P4E) program is a 12-month fellowship designed to unlock career pathways for women impacted by the criminal legal system.

The program goals are two-fold: to facilitate growth-focused career opportunities for women who are leaders with diverse experiences; and to connect employers with top talent and support their goals to expand hiring policies and diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.

We work with women who are ready to engage in their development.  We empower them with information and provide them support to elevate themselves into a career pathway that offers advancement opportunities and family-supporting wages.

We offer employers assistance by providing information on fair chance hiring and introducing them to highly talented, career-oriented women.  We work closely with employers who are interested in expanding their diversity, equity, and inclusion practices to include system-impacted individuals and gain access to a dedicated and qualified workforce.

Through the Pathways 4 Equity Program, we work together to ensure that a criminal conviction NEVER defines a person and to establish new pathways that benefit all parties.

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Why this matters

Every year, hundreds of thousands of justice-impacted people reenter their communities with high hopes of making a fresh start. We know that employment is the foundation for securing safe and stable housing and receiving health benefits and wellness services, which are essential for successful reentry.

We also know that women being unemployed is disruptive to families and communities. In addition to addressing the system issues, we must also change the narrative about women who the criminal legal system has impacted to help them build new pathways to career opportunities.

Program Overview

  • 3-Months Professional Development
  • Customized Workshops
  • Career Planning
  • Employer Matching
  • 9-Month Career Fellowship
  • Growth-focused Positions
  • Mentoring
  • On-the-Job Training
  • Employer & Fellow Support
  • Career Employment
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Expansion of Employer's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Practices
  • Fair Chance Employment

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Become a business partner!

Meet the Fellows

Success Stories

Judith Negron

P4E Fellow

Tanika Nicholas

P4E Fellow

Michelle Johnson

P4E Fellow

The Ladies of Hope Ministries (The LOHM)

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Eligible Applicants


  • Women impacted by the criminal legal system
  • Have work or volunteer experience related to leadership and business
  • Have a strong interest in leadership development and dedicated to their career advancement
  • Able to commit 12 months to complete the entire Pathways 4 Equity program

Business Partnership Options

Founding Partner

$50,000 - $100,000
Investment in Program Sustainability

  • Access to top talent and dedicated employees
  • Full-time paid position with benefits for the fellow and a donation for program costs
  • PR opportunities (i.e., press releases, social media, publications)

Employer Partner

$24 per hour
for Top Talent

  • Access to top talent and dedicated employees
  • Full-time paid position with benefits for the fellow
  • Growth-focused responsibilities and career advancement
  • 12 months of mentoring to create smooth transitions


Program Partner

Financial Support
and Civic Investment

  • Program donation to the LOHM
  • Supports program development, including fellowship stipend and customized skills workshops

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Meet the Partners

Virgin Unite
Virgin Orbit

“Working with Marta has been a fantastic experience – she has jumped in with both feet, and has shown an incredible work ethic and commitment. I am so glad that we were able to partner with The LOHM to give Marta this opportunity, and I am inspired by the hard work and attitude she has demonstrated. If Marta is any indication of the caliber of LOHM fellow, I am more excited than ever about future collaborations with The LOHM.” 

–Alex Hreiz, Manager, Propulsion Manufacturing Engineering

“Virgin Orbit has been that light at the end of the tunnel for me. They reaffirmed and confirmed that no one should ever give up on their dreams.  As a child, I fell in love with airplanes, aerospace, and the freedom and beauty of flight.  As the darkness and life struggles etched my life in a way I thought I would never survive, that dream kept me fighting and believing that one day I would overcome the darkness and achieve my lifelong dream of working for an aerospace company.  Virgin Orbit has made that dream come true and they have guided me through the tunnel in a way that I finally feel like I'm truly flying...free and able to see the beauty of me and life as a whole.”

-Marta Barretto, P4E Fellow, Propulsion Coordinator, Virgin Orbit

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