The Partnership Sends Letter Urging Ohio Prosecutor to Drop All Charges Against Bresha
The #FreeBresha Campaign has made headlines as an example of systemic injustice affecting survivors–particularly black girls and women–who defend themselves and their families against domestic violence. If you are not familiar with this case, Bresha is a 15 year-old teen living in Ohio. Along with her mother and siblings, she experienced years of abuse from her father. On July 28th, she allegedly killed her father in order to protect her mother, who calls Bresha her hero. Bresha is now being charged with aggravated murder and is currently being held in a juvenile facility in Ohio.
Here are some ways you or your organization can get involved with the campaign:
- Sign the petition: bit.ly/FreeBreshaNow
- Donate to Bresha’s defense fund: https://www.gofundme.com/BreshaM
- Receive campaign updates: bit.ly/FreeBresha; @FreeBresha
- Send Bresha letters of encouragement – and consider how this might be a time to actively engage young people in your communities – here’s the address:
c/o Ian Friedman
1360 E 9th St Suite 650
Cleveland, OH 44114
- Want to learn more? Read these articles and discuss with your colleagues and community members:
- Unintended Consequences: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence Mandatory and Pro-Arrest Policies and Practices on Girls and Young Women, 2016
- Gender Injustice: System-Level Juvenile Justice Reforms for Girls, 2015.