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Our LEAP co-editors, Jala and Kadasha | Photo: Javier Otero for The Voices and Faces Project
Discover LEAP, our magazine for girls who are loud, empowered, accepted and proud.

"Behind the story I tell is the one that I don't. Behind the story you hear is the one I wish I could make you hear,"
wrote Dorothy Allison. Those words speak to the spirit of LEAP, The Voices and Faces Project's newest literary journal. Created by Chicago-area graduates of The Voices and Faces Project's first "The Stories We Tell" testimonial writing workshop for younger participants, LEAP features poetry, memoir, creative non-fiction, and spoken-word pieces.

These writings remind us that behind every social injustice there is a deeply personal story. And they provide a window into a world where income inequality, police brutality, sexual exploitation, and failing schools are far too common. The stories in LEAP will make you pause, feel, and think. Our hope is that these stories will also compel LEAP readers to act. Special thanks to the JTDC Foundation for helping make LEAP possible.
Check out the online edition.
The Voices & Faces Project | Panel Discussion
Stories of Survival and Hope: Join us as we lift up “Half the Sky.”
Program coordinator Marline Johnson
Women Hold Up Half the Sky | Photo: Les Stone
Women and girls face sexual violence and exploitation in both global areas of conflict and "safe" communities here at home. In service to changing that - and as part of the "Women Hold Up Half the Sky" exhibition being hosted at the Illinois Holocaust Museum - IHM is hosting a panel discussion on gender injustice, featuring: Anne K. Ream, Founder, The Voices and Faces Project; Polly Poskin, Executive Director, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault; Angela Martinez, Senior Program Officer, American Jewish World Service.

WHEN: Sunday, December 11 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm
WHERE: Illinois Holocaust Museum, Skokie, IL

Learn more and reserve your spot.

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The Voices & Faces Project | The Stories We Tell
Go, girls: We're partnering with the Young Women's Leadership Charter School.
Program coordinator Marline Johnson
Program coordinator Marline Johnson
Thanks to a grant from The Emerson Collective, The Voices and Faces Project is bringing "The Stories We Tell" to girls at the Young Women's Leadership Charter School in Chicago. Coordinated by Marline Johnson, a graduate of our "The Stories We Tell" writing workshop at Northwestern University.

To find out more about bringing "The Stories We Tell" to your school, email
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We stand with our sisters in Atenco, Mexico.
Women of Atenco
The Voices and Faces Project and the women of Atenco, Mexico. | Photo: Patricia Evans
This month, The New York Times published a powerful piece about the women of Atenco, Mexico. Sexually assaulted and tortured by Mexican police in 2006, the women of Atenco are speaking truth to power and perpetrator, demanding that those who violated them – and the government that has turned a blind eye to their plight - are held accountable. The Voices and Faces Project first traveled to Mexico to meet with the women of Atenco in 2008, and we've been speaking out about their case ever since.

Read "Freedom In Motion," Anne K. Ream's Thomson-Reuters piece on the women of Atenco, Mexico.

Join the women of Atenco in their fight.
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Find out more about giving the gift of change by donating to our workshop scholarship fund. Every $500 raised provides a full two-day scholarship for a survivor waiting to take part in our program.
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