Tamar Kraft-Stolar is Co-Director of the Women and Justice Project, an independent project dedicated to strengthening the movement to end the mass criminalization and mass incarceration of women in the United States.
For 12 years prior to this, Tamar directed the Correctional Association of New York’s Women in Prison Project where she led the Project’s prison monitoring, legislative advocacy, coalition building, public education and leadership development work. Tamar directed the Project’s successful advocacy campaigns to pass laws banning the barbaric practice of shackling incarcerated women during childbirth and safeguarding the parental rights of incarcerated mothers and fathers. She is author of Reproductive Injustice: the State of Reproductive Health Care for Women in New York State Prisons, and co-author of When “Free” Means Losing Your Mother: the Collision of Child Welfare and the Incarceration of Women in New York State and From Protection to Punishment: Post-Conviction Barriers to Justice for Domestic Violence Survivor-Defendants in New York State. Before this, Tamar coordinated the Association’s campaign to repeal New York’s mandatory minimum Rockefeller Drug Laws. In 2011, Tamar was selected as part of the pilot cohort of Move to End Violence, an initiative of the NoVo Foundation aimed at building the US-based movement to end violence against women and girls. Tamar graduated from Cornell University with a BA in History and a minor in Africana Studies.