We’re fighting for a society where all people are healthy and free.

Where we wield our collective resources to help, never to punish or hurt. Where all people get the care and assistance they need to repair any harm they have caused, heal historical or ongoing pain, and grow in community together. Where there is no need for prisons, jails, detention centers, or policing. Where all people can thrive.

Through our research and advocacy with community partners, we’re taking action to advance racial justice, public safety, and health equity.

Browse all of our Health Not Punishment work


Group of public health protestors walking down the street hold a large banner that reads "Health Equity Now: End Police Violence"

How Health Departments Can Address Police Violence As a Public Health Issue 

The field of public health has begun to reckon with the longstanding and well documented health impacts of policing and incarceration. This resource includes 5 recommendations and specific actions for health departments to take to help end police violence.

Learn about the recommendations



Stop ICE Transfers: Promoting Health, Unifying Families, Healing Communities

We partnered with the Asian Prisoner Support Committee and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus to create a research brief, toolkit, and resources to address the health impacts of direct transfers from California prisons and jails to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Learn about the project


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Image by Brooke Anderson

How Health Departments Can Advance Safety and Health in Protests, During a Pandemic

Local and state health departments can take these 5 steps to protect public health and demonstrate support for protesters demanding an end to structural violence and racism.

Learn about the steps


Our Strategies

  • Make it tangible by winning policy and budget campaigns that advance community health and freedom
  • Make it scalable by building the base of public health workers advocating for the liberation of all people
  • Make it real by ensuring accountability to equity in the implementation of policies and practices in our immigration and criminal legal systems
  • Make it sustainable by shifting culture and activating narratives that nurture health equity
Want to know more about our offerings?

Contact Program Director, Amber Akemi Piatt at amber@humanimpact.org