Our mission is to transform prisons and communities through compassionate action.
Compassion Prison Project began as the brainchild of award-winning producer Fritzi Horstman, whose own childhood trauma helped shape its conception. Over the course of several months in 2019-2020, Fritzi and a dedicated team of facilitators and volunteers partnered with the men who were incarcerated at a Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP), a maximum-security prison in Southern California. Together, they created a powerful container for addressing and healing from childhood trauma.
As the recognition of the Compassion Prison Project grew, volunteers from across the world came forward asking how they could help spread awareness of childhood trauma. CPP Volunteers (Compassion Ambassadors) represent currently and formerly incarcerated men and women, family members, therapists and psychologists, artists, writers, college students, community activists and more. In response, CPP developed a curricula and training so that other facilities and communities can create and run their own compassion trauma circles.
To date, CPP’s Step Inside the Circle has millions of views and the next PSA Honor Yard has been launched. CPP is piloting compassion trauma circles on Zoom both for communities and for prisons. Formalized curriculum and video content is in production and these tools will be used to replicate childhood trauma awareness work in prisons and communities around the world. Finally, CPP will be launching a Youtube Channel and Podcast which will draw upon its work and the multitude of amazing thought leaders to educate the public about trauma, trauma-informed prisons, trauma self-care, restoring hope and spirit.
Stay tuned; we’re just getting started.
Compassion Prison Project believes in the power behind Compassion in Action. The experience of Childhood Trauma is a common thread that runs amongst so many, from all walks of life. It’s a crucial reminder that whether we live in a mansion or are up for parole, all living beings need the security of love and the power to be heard.