#SeeMe: End Stigma of Female Incarceration for Women’s History Month

If you’ve been following our social channels throughout March, then you know we’re highlighting female incarceration in recognition of Women’s History Month. Televerde CEO Morag Lucey introduced a #SeeMe campaign, challenging society to see female inmates for who they are today and the vast strides they’re making behind bars to rebuild their lives and fulfill their potential. “This is what Women’s History Month is about—coming together as women without judgement and lifting each other up to create futures that matter and that profoundly impact our small corners of the world. I invite you to get to know our ladies on the inside. I think you’ll find our differences are far less important than our similarities.”

So far, we’ve introduced Cristy Chacon, Erica Munoz and Stephanie Taylor. We invite you to see Ambyre Carbajal, a business development rep in our Triumph call center at Perryville Correctional. #SeeAmbryre.

What did it take coming to prison to learn?

The impact I have on other people has opened my eyes to my value and worth. There’s been several instances since I’ve been employed with Televerde where I’ve seen what I’m capable of doing for myself and others. I had never realized my value until it was shown to me by my peers and leadership team. For the first time in my life, I’ve been described as “exceptional,” a word that had never been attached to me in the past.

While I recognize that my past has helped me grow into the assertive and strong woman I am today, I know now it doesn’t define me…but it has made me a survivor. The shortcomings I’ve experienced have made me push harder and also given me the strength to never give up. My worth today is so much more than I ever imagined.

It’s said that the most successful women build a female tribe to help them learn and grow. Tell us about the culture on the inside and how you’re supported by the women around you.

The women with whom I surround myself all complement each other. We have the same habits, dreams and aspirations. We are all striving to be better than we were yesterday. We come from a place of humility. We’ve been stripped of everything and left broken. Yet we’ve all made a conscious decision to build ourselves and one another up to be better than our worst mistake. We work tirelessly to improve ourselves in every area of our lives. When we fall, we get up, we dust each other off and we continue forward on our journeys together. One step at a time…paving our road to success.

What is one accomplishment you’re most proud of?

My greatest accomplishment is the trust and respect I’ve earned from my peers and leaders. They know I carry myself with integrity even when no one is looking. They value my opinion. The mistakes I’ve made in the past have prevented me from reaching my full potential. No more. With the opportunity I’ve been given through Televerde, I’m establishing myself as someone with a superior work ethic that’s centered around quality excellence, continuous learning, and innovative thinking. The level of respect and trust I’ve earned has given me a new level of confidence. It wasn’t easy to get here, but I am determined to succeed.

A woman from the past who inspires me is…

Susan B. Anthony was an American social reformer and woman’s rights activist who played a pivotal role in the woman’s suffrage movement. When she first began campaigning for woman’s rights, Anthony was harshly ridiculed and accused of trying to destroy the institution of marriage. Public perception of her changed radically during her lifetime. Anthony traveled extensively in support of woman’s suffrage, giving as many as 75 to 100 speeches per year and working on many state campaigns. She worked internationally for woman’s rights, playing a key role in creating the International council of Women. No matter the stigma she endured, she continued to fight for what was right. She made a huge mark in history for equality of human rights.

A woman who currently inspires me is…

In September 1999, DeAnna Hoskins was released from a community-based correctional facility after serving six months of a one-year prison sentence. She was 30-years-old and suffering from substance use. Today, she’s a senior policy adviser for Corrections and Reentry at the U.S. Department of Justice.

If we’re sitting here a year from now celebrating what a great year it’s been for you in your role at Televerde, what did you achieve?
I’ve been a great mentor and have excelled in every aspect of my role as a business development rep with Televerde. I want to always be viewed as someone who challenged herself and never accepted defeat. I will not let my circumstances dictate my future. I want to become the best version of myself.

How will you set an example to the young women of tomorrow?

I will lead by example, excelling and aiming for success in all I do. Because when people see you behaving and acting in this way, they become inspired and want to join you.

How would you like to be remembered in history books?

I want to help build a future in which the women coming up behind me can succeed. All of my trials and tribulations have made me stronger and wiser. I want to impart my lessons learned on the next generation of female leaders.

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