WORDS

From Our Founder

I am proud to work with directly impacted people like myself. As a mother of three who survived rape, drugs, prison, homelessness, and the cold streets, I connect with those who have had similar survival experiences.
Those of us with lived experience are most knowledgeable of best practices and procedures. I, and members of SWAN, work closely with community members to help develop better harm reduction policies that will help keep people safer and healthier.

Beatrice Codianni

Founder and Executive Director

OUR TEAM

Behind The Scenes

Beatrice Codianni

Founder and Executive Director
bcodianni@yahoo.com

Beatrice is SWAN’s Founder and Executive Director. She is a lifelong political activist and a Just Leadership USA Fellow. Beatrice has not only lived through the realities of street-based sex work and addiction, she also survived over fifteen years of incarceration. Beatrice Codianni is a longtime community activist who was sentenced to 17 years prison for racketeering. As a high ranking member of the Latin Kings, she used her community activism skills to fight for jobs, education and mental health and substance abuse treatment for disenfranchised youths.

During her time in federal prison Beatrice was active in the Danbury FCI AIDS Awareness Group which sought to educate women in prison about HIV prevention and lessen the stigma against HIV+ people. She also taught reading skills to the women at Danbury. In prison her greatest achievement was taking the Bureau of Prisons to court in an effort to eliminate cross-gender pat searches for women who had been sexually or physically abused. Beatrice was granted an exemption that opened the door for other women in the federal prison system to apply for an exemption.

Beatrice is now the Managing Editor of Reentry Central, a nationally recognized website on reentry and criminal justice reform issues. She is also co-founder of the groups Real Women Real Voices, the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, and the Women’s Resettlement Working Group. Additionally she is on the Connecticut Bail Fund’s Community Advisory Board.

Sandy Lomonico

Director of Programming and Outreach

Sandy Lomonico is SWAN’s Director of Programs and Outreach. She steps into her role with lived experience and with her dual Master’s degree in Public Health and Social Work. Sandy has a passion for the prevention of harm and the healing of harmed communities. A prominent advocate in the passing of various legislation such as Connecticut’s Second chance, Ban the box, Raise the age, Reducing lengthy sentencing for youth, Prosecutorial transparency, revisions to Special parole, and the Dignity for Incarcerated Women. She has been featured in the Economic Agenda booklet in collaboration with CT Working Families, and has received numerous recognitions for organizing, leadership and program development. Prior to working for SWAN Sandy has worked for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut assisting to develop the agencies first leadership and stipend program for the Campaign for Smart Justice. A national and statewide trainer, she has worked closely with various communities impacted by systemic injustices. She has facilitated workshops and teach in’s at prestige universities such as Harvard, Columbia, and the University of Connecticut where she founded the Students Against Mass Incarceration, student government group in efforts to educate social workers about complex issues in the legal system. 

Jason Crowell LMSW, LADC

Director of Outreach
Jcrowell.swan@gmail.com

I have lived in CT most of my life, but was born in Waterville ME. I grew up in Norwalk but was sent to New Haven through the judicial system in 1998 and never left. I am a recent MSW Graduate at Southern Connecticut State Universities Master of Social Work Program and completed Gateway Community Colleges Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Counseling program as an undergrad. I spent the majority of my life as an IV drug user and was homeless here on the streets of New Haven before I began pursuing a higher education in 2015. I plan to continue my education and will begin the Master of Public Health program at SCSU in the Fall of 2021 and then plan to apply for the Doctor of Social Work program at SCSU so that I can continue as an educator. I Have been an artist my whole life with a focus on graffiti and also dabble in many other mediums, play various stringed instruments rather poorly, but have fun doing it and am very proud of my undergrad thesis which is slated to be published this summer. I also continue to pursue research projects such as the current project we are doing in collaboration with Yale and the APT Foundation surrounding fentanyl test strip use and knowledge.

Contact:

Cell: 475-221-6645

Jcrowell.swan@gmail.com

Karolina Ksiazek

Director of Advocacy

Karolina (they/she) is an activist, dancer, and educator who brings to SWAN their experience in urban planning and community organizing. Their work with SWAN is rooted in the belief that dismantling stigma and uplifting the voices of marginalized people is central to our collective liberation.

Photos by Graham MacIndoe

Additional Team Members

Sally Graveline

Outreach Worker

Patrick Lynch

Outreach Worker

Marcus Alexander

Outreach Worker

Christine Thompson

Outreach Worker

Elida Paiz

Outreach Worker

Alex Wielogorski

Public Health Intern