The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker non-profit organization that has worked on peace and justice issues since 1917. AFSC is devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.
The AFSC office of Arizona opened in 1981 in Tucson, Arizona thanks to the efforts and support of Pima Monthly Meeting. Since the AFSC Arizona’s inception, Pima Monthly Meeting and its members have been instrumental in helping to maintain the work of this office.
Through research, documentation, media work, and policy advocacy, American Friends Service Committee – Arizona (AFSC-AZ) challenges criminalization, opposes prison expansion, and advocates for policy change to reduce the size and scope of the criminal punishment system, which encompasses not just physical places of incarceration, but also the proliferation of systems of control, surveillance, and supervision.
AFSC-AZ confronts mass incarceration and the criminal punishment system through sentencing reform, halting prison expansion and privatization, exposing the Treatment Industrial Complex, and acts premier platform for directly impacted people and communities to influence change through Reframing Justice.
AFSC’s criminal justice work is on the cutting edge of what we need in Arizona.
– Phil Lopes, former Arizona State Legislator