From the Center is a collaboration of health educators, academics, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women as co-educators and advocates. We work in partnership to re-imagine education, research, and advocacy through the power of digital storytelling. Our project aims to provide digital media access and education for women inside and outside the jail setting as authors, directors, and storytellers of their own lives. We believe incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women are experts, educators, and storytellers on pressing social issues of HIV/AIDS, the prison industrial complex, and gender equality. At the core of our work is a commitment to feminist praxis, equity, and community health. Through participatory methods, we hope to intervene in traditional hierarchical models of health education and research and influence policy decisions by creating and sharing FTC stories. We support the creation and sharing of powerful stories on HIV/AIDS oftentimes silenced and unheard. In doing so, we hope to create a more equitable present and future. We hope to improve the health and well-being of women by beginning necessary conversations together.
University of California, Berkeley
Isela González, MPA
The Center Digital Storytelling Project
Bay Area Network for Positive Health (BANPH)
Kate Monico Klein
Forensic AIDS Project (FAP)
Margaret Rhee is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnic Studies with a designated emphasis in New Media at the University of California, Berkeley. Her academic articles on feminism, sexuality, race, and representation have been published in Amerasia Journal, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, and the anthology Feminist Cyberspaces: Pedagogies in Transition. With Isela González, she co-leads From the Center. She is also a poet and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Data Center.
Isela González, MPA currently is co-lead of the From The Center Digital Storytelling Project (FTC). In 2008 she was the co-principal investigator on FAP’s Jailed Women and HIV Education: A Collaborative Investigation (JWHE). She worked for over 15 years with incarcerated adults in the San Francisco county jails providing HIV prevention services. In October 2012 she accepted a position with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Population Health Division and continues to contribute and support FTC’s work as a volunteer.
Allyse Gray is the Bay Area Network for Positive Health (BANPH) Engagement and Linkage Specialist, for the Forensic AIDS Project (FAP), a program of Jail Health Services, San Francisco Department of Public Health. Allyse has worked, volunteered, and collaborated with FAP for the past 5 years. As a participant and co-researcher working for SFSU, she worked with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women on the RISE project (Reach Inward for Self Empowerment). She has worked for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department Women’s Re-Entry Center, with formerly incarcerated women and continues serving this population through the San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project Inc’s Parole Re-Entry Court (PRC) working primarily with paroled men. She is dedicated to this field of work and is furthering her education in community health work.
Kate Monico Klein is the director of the Forensic AIDS Project (FAP), one of the first public health programs in the country to address AIDS in detention facilities through health education and voluntary HIV testing. In the late 1980’s, the program began distributing condoms to prisoners in the jails and today, remains one of six such programs in the nation. She began working in the San Francisco county jails in 1975 as a VISTA volunteer /prisoner advocate. Since then, she has worked primarily in prisoner health, advocacy, women’s health and policy development. Kate’s support, input and guidance of the FTC Digital Storytelling Project has been critical in the project’s success. Kate continues her advocacy and leadership work, and a mentor to those working in feminist and participatory work on HIV/AIDS.