A National
Faith-Based Coalition

Abolitionist Sanctuary is a national faith-based coalition united against the moral crisis of mass incarceration and the criminalization of impoverished Black motherhood.

Black women and Black mothers are overrepresented in U.S. prisons

0 %
of Black Women represent the U.S. population of women generally
0 %
of all incarcerated women in the United States are Black women
0 %
of incarcerated women
are mothers

“Black women’s earnings are 63.0% of white, non-Hispanic men’s earnings,” according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Black women and their families are systemically disadvantaged by structural inequities

Overcoming unjust social conditions to provide for one’s family is not a crime.


Social Groups




Join the Founder and Executive Director of Abolitionist Sanctuary, Rev. Nikia S. Robert, Ph.D., in a podcast about the criminalization of Black womxn’s survival and a faith-based abolitionist movement!

Engage Contributors

Ashley Blakeney

Executive Director
Crenshaw Dairy Mart

Dr. Toni M. Bond

Founding Mother
Reproductive Justice

Patrisse Cullors

Artist, Abolitionist, Writer

Alejandra Lemus

Ph.D. Student
University of New Mexico

Vincent W. Lloyd, Ph.D.

Professor, University
of Villanova

Candice Marie Benbow

Theologian, Writer,

Vonice "Nissi" Berry

Author, Poet

noé olivas

Crenshaw Dairy Mart

Natasha L. Robinson, Esq.

Assistant Teaching Professor, Roosevelt University

Najuma Smith Pollard

Assistant Director, USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture

Rev. Dr. Willie D. Francois

Board Chair and Founding Board Member, Abolitionist Sanctuary

Attend Events

  • SAVE THE DATE: DEC. 8-10, 2023 Please join us for the inaugural Abolitionist Sanctuary annual gala, where we will explore the theme Freedom Futures. Friday, December 8, 2023 Experience a series of workshop discussions with authors, cultural influencers, community leaders, organizers, and faith leaders. Coalition partners and participants will create a think tank to identify policies, transformative justice strategies, and call-to-actions to advance a faith-based abolitionist movement. Afterward, join us for a reception and DJ for chic cocktails and networking. Saturday, December 9, 2023 Experience an enchanting evening at our inaugural Freedom Futures Annual Gala! Stay tuned for the announcement of our special Keynote Speaker and honorees for the Abolitionist Sanctuary award. We are excited to unveil our esteemed list of sponsors and notable invited guests. This promises to be an impactful event to raise funds for the future of abolition. Sunday, December 10, 2023 Sunday concludes with Abolitionist Sanctuary worship services all around the nation. You are invited to join us at a local church with our Founder, Rev. Nikia Smith Robert, Ph.D. as the preacher and host.