In Georgia, stigma and discrimination towards those who have been in prison is still prevalent. Unemployment rates amongst those who have left prison are high, and women find it particularly difficult to gain employment upon release.
We worked in partnership with four Georgian NGOs to help women in prison gain access to support services which would facilitate reintegration into their communities. This included providing legal aid, psychological counselling, medical services, vocational training, start-up grants for small businesses and work opportunities.
‘I lost my parents at a young age. After the release from prison… I stayed homeless. I became dependent on alcohol. Now I live in temporary shelter for former prisoners. With the assistance of PRI, I have been treated for overcoming alcoholism. My situation has improved. I studied the profession of a tailor and currently work in a social enterprise. This is the beginning of my new life.’
Former female prisoner, Georgia
Read our evaluation of this project.