The Solutions Not Punishment Coalition (SNaP Co) is a groundbreaking team and campaign, anchored by the Racial Justice Action Center, La Gender, (Trans)forming, and Women with a Vision in Atlanta and created in 2013. SNaP Co is working to build power among those who are targeted by the Atlanta Police Department – especially trans* and gender nonconforming folks of color, current and former street-level sex workers and formerly incarcerated people – and to transform the way the City of Atlanta crafts and implements its policies, practices and laws related to street-level sex work. Instead of banishment, longer jail sentences and higher fines, SNaP Co is fighting for policies and laws that: utilize treatment programs, services, and opportunities as a response to survival sex work, as opposed to jail time; emphasize holistic wraparound services for people including job training, educational programs, health care, and housing; and draw from evidence-based best practices around the country (including previous programs in Atlanta). The coalition has had incredible success in its short history, including developing and working on the implementation of a community-based pre-booking diversion program as an alternative to the criminal (in)justice system. More than 40 Atlanta-based organizations are represented, with more than 275 individual members.
The Third Wave Fund announced a new rapid-response fund for organizations that support the leadership of young women of color, trans, gender non-conforming, queer, and intersex youth in social movements.