Justice Now: Organizational Transition Support

About the Client

Justice Now partners with people in women’s prisons and local communities to build a safe, compassionate world without prisons. Justice Now combines the provision of legal services with political organizing to support people in women’s prisons and challenge the prison industrial complex.

Justice Now description of mission

Scope of Work

kiran nigam supported core Justice Now staff in planning for an organizational leadership transition, moving to a shared leadership structure that centers those directly impacted by the prison industrial complex as the co-directors step down.

AORTA facilitated a two-day “advance” that laid the groundwork for the transition. The advance was an opportunity to map the organization’s current work, develop a shared organizational vision, define the structure going forward, and plan for the upcoming transition. Justice Now staff came out of this retreat with a clear timeline and implementation steps for moving through the transition. This information was then shared with the board of directors.

kiran provided ongoing consulting and training with Justice Now staff to support them in implementing the steps coming out of the retreat. The group followed up with an additional one-day “advance” to develop systems for collective evaluations and accountability after the transition. The co-directors were able to leave the organization with a clear plan for taking over their responsibilities, and the remaining staff felt supported and confident in taking on shared leadership.

diagram of Justice Now programs and areas of work

What Justice Now Says About Their Experience

The feedback about the training kiran delivered has always been extremely positive, and when we needed to make a decision about who to ask to help us transition from a hierarchical to a collective leadership, there really were very few other options!

kiran worked with us to understand exactly what we wanted from our 'advance' and the different steps we needed to take to ensure a smooth and supported transition. We knew the advance would present us with some difficult questions and tough decisions to be made - but working with kiran, they didn't feel anywhere near as tough! kiran's energy and positive nature, combined with their understanding of our values and practices, really left us feeling that we were ready and prepared for whatever was coming next.

We referred to the work we did on our advance often over the next few months, and arranged another check in advance with kiran a few months after the first meeting. We will continue to work with AORTA as we continue to build and grow our community, and often recommend them to our allies and comrades within the anti-prison movement.

-Hannah McFaull, Justice Now