Jaya Vasandani is the Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Women & Justice Project, a non-profit organization that advances the leadership and narrative power of women directly impacted by incarceration to transform the criminal justice system. From 2004-2015, Jaya served as a senior staff person at the Women in Prison Project (WIPP) of the Correctional Association of NY. At WIPP, Jaya helped manage all aspects of the Project, including leading WIPP’s coalition and community organizing work, carrying out advocacy campaigns, implementing legislative reform efforts, and facilitating prison monitoring visits. Jaya speaks publicly to a wide variety of audiences and press. Prior to joining the Correctional Association, Jaya worked on a range of women’s rights issues at the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund (now Legal Momentum) and the Center for Women Policy Studies, in Washington, DC. Jaya received her law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and received her Bachelors in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

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