Jen in the media

On AI, Child Labor, and the Tech
01/01/2023 00:00:00
Devansh Lnu, 2023 Reasearch Associate
Hey, it’s Devansh
Some questions require a lot of nuance and research to answer (“Do LLMs understand Languages”, “How Do Batch Sizes Impact DL” etc.). In Investigations, I collate multiple research points to answer one over-arching question. The goal is to give you a great starting point for some of the most important questions in AI and Tech. more...

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Adults: Impact, Comorbidity, Risk Factors, and Treatment
01/01/2023 00:00:00
Braedon Brown, 2023 Reasearch Associate
During the last 30 years, there has been a substantial increase in the study of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Several high-profile traumatic events, such as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the terrorist attacks of September 11 on the World Trade Center, have led to a greater public interest in the risk and protective factors for PTSD. In this In Review paper, I discuss some of the important advances in PTSD. The paper provides a concise review of the evolution of PTSD diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, impact of PTSD in the community, an overview of the established risk factors for developing PTSD, and assessment and treatment. Throughout the paper, controversies and clinical implications are discussed. more...

Activists shine light on sex trafficking
08/18/2014 00:00:00
Democrat & Chronicle
Neeti Upadhye, Staff writer
On a scorching Friday afternoon, Jennifer Wolfley walked up and down Monroe Avenue with a red Adidas drawstring backpack, handing out condoms and food to prostitutes who approached her. more...

05/12/2014 00:00:00
Angelica Perez and Migdeisy Suros

Nursery Programs in Prison
05/06/2014 00:00:00
Christina Tsiamouras
Prison nurseries has proven to have less of a recidivism rate for women inmates in the nursery programs. The programs are for women with non-violent and non-child abuse crimes, and who do not have a criminal record of arson crimes as well. The main purpose of the prison nursery programs is letting the women inmates bond with their children for up to 24 months (Brown & Valiente, 2014). Medical professionals say that the baby does not realize they are in prison at such an early age. The experience is for bonding purposes which has been proven to be a success for mothers and their infants in the nursery programs. Since recidivism decreases for the women inmates after their prison sentence and they are released, they save the state government money because it costs less to have an inmate in the program, than to have them return back to jail. The cost of having a baby supported in a nursery program is $24,000 a year, that is less than $30,000 for each woman that returns to be incarcerated who did not participate in the program (Brown & Valiente, 2014). In addition to lowering the recidivism rate for women inmates who were in the nursery programs, those women also learn to be better parents since they are required to attend parenting classes and take care of their children. The goal is to stay with the child so when they are released they are still together, and not separated by sending their infant to the foster care system or have multiple separations afterwards (Carlson 2009). more...

Prostitutes in Ukraine
05/06/2014 00:00:00
Irina Oleksiyenko
I was born and raised in one of the poorest country, which it is at Ukraine. I moved to America when I was only seven year old. Fortunately, I knew what sex means when I was only four to five years old so that I protected myself before I sold myself to anyone. People were very open-minded at that time and then my classmates taught me about how sex worked by explaining it to me because they learned from their single parents. Now, I realized that prostitution is one of the biggest issues in this world. Prostitution existed because people who are seeking to make big money faster than to wait for job interviews when they really need money to support themselves or their kids. When I first learned about prostitution, I was in the shock about how much prostitution are out there. Every country and gang have their own systems about how they want to run their own prostitution for different reasons. To define prostitution, Merriam-Webster quoted, “the act of having sex in exchange for money.” So, the big reason to be prostituted is all about money. more...

Sex Trafficking
05/03/2014 00:00:00
Armeen Habeeb II
NAs the long harsh winter has come to an end spring has arrived. The empty trees and piles of snow have been replaced by lush green trees and springing flowers. Long snow pants and boots have transformed into beautiful dresses and flip flops. Children are now able to freely play with their pals in their front yards and girls are now able to travel to the mall in their hordes. There is a sense of renewal in the air. But unfortunately for some of these young girls they will be taken by vile men and sold into sex slavery.ULL more...

The Unjust of Forced Abortions
05/03/2014 00:00:00
Jordan Pulsifer
In today’s forced abortion is a prevailing topic that many people tend to put on the back burner. Forced abortion is when a perpetrator causes abortion either by force, threat, coercion or by taking advantage of a women’s incapability to give her consent. Forced abortion can also occur instances when the conduct was neither justified by medical or hospital treatment. In cases such as medical or hospital treatment forced abortion can be the following: forced sterilization and physical invasion of the women’s female reproductive organs. Not until the Nuremberg Trails forced abortion was considered legal. The Nuremberg Trails set the precedent for the crime against humanity, forced abortion is now consider a crime against humanity and those who commit such action will be punished by law. more...

Night Terror Poetry
05/03/2014 00:00:00
Celeste Brown
Sometimes there is nothing quite so delightful as a poem - especially if it brings back memories of another time, another place - a long ago childhood. more...

Night Terrors
05/03/2014 00:00:00
Celeste Brown
Night terrors (also known as sleep terrors) are a disturbing sleep disorder which most commonly affects young children but can also occur at times of stress in adults. more...

The prostitute’s parenting consulted deaths
05/03/2014 00:00:00
Lizzie Povilauskas
Like Homer’s infamous written scripts of tragedies, there are sufficient in our country and all over the world, being sexual is a sensible issue with everybody. There are only a thin line apart between prostitution and having sex with multi people for recreationally. One will be doing it to support family or to fund for their needs and others do it at their own expense and to satisfy their desire that rock the world like a Trojan horse inside the Troy palace. There are many old tales of what caused the majority of women or seldom have men and the effect taken its place by them turning their torment into a profession. I’m not going to tell you about why prostitutes are bad for our society or perhaps why they are in the worse class of hoodlums or any term that you can come to think of! The story I will be telling; to this day still shook the small town in England with plenty of shocks and people trembles when thinking about how they remember the person whom were a daughter of a prostitute and turned into a killer. Enter Mary Bell, the 10 then 11 years old girl who killed two young children. more...

Women With Mental Illness in Prison
05/03/2014 00:00:00
Yvette Chirenje
This paper will talk about mental illness within women prison and the issue of being a punitive sentence instead of rehabilitative. While we as society want the punishment to “fit the crime” but we need to be made aware that not everyone can adapt in a punitive environment and then when they’re released expected to “behave” and become “rehabilitated”. Many of these women have been punished harshly for non-violence offenses in an attempt to show society that we’re are serious about cleaning up crime especially in the drug trade. more...

Prostitution of Children
05/01/2014 00:00:00
Many assume that human trafficking is something that happens in another country not in America. However, that is not the case because it is increasingly an American problem as of lately. Human trafficking brings in a lot of money, and it is an underground crime that is extremely difficult to detect which tempts the criminals to begin their own human trafficking ring. Prostitution happens in every human trafficking ring and every country around the world. Prostitution brings in a consistent flow of money, however the prostitution of children brings in much larger sum of money compared to adult prostitutes. The fact that the prostitution of children is more profitable, it becomes a serious problem in today’s society. more...

Prostitution: Causes and Effects
04/28/2014 00:00:00
Kayla Green
Throughout this class we have been learning a lot about female and male prostitution and the effects it has on young ladies and young men in the underground sex industry. We have explored how these individuals can be led into the sex industry either through their own voluntary actions or involuntary participation, and have touched base on pedophilia and child sex trafficking. A lot of what we have learned about female juvenile prostitution outside of lecture has been through the book Gangs and Girls by Michel Dorais and Partrice Corriveau. This book focuses on street gangs and their involvement in the illegal sex trade. more...

Rochester Starts Human Trafficking Court
10/03/2013 00:00:00
Beth Adams
Starting this week, men and women arrested for prostitution on the streets of Rochester will face a new kind of court hearing. more...

Prostitution court views crime through different lens
10/03/2013 00:00:00
Democrat & Chronicle
Jon Hand
Jennifer Wolfley never thought she’d see the day. more...

Rochester City Court To Feature Human Trafficking Unit
10/02/2013 00:00:00
Caroline Tucker
There is a growing movement in New York State and across the country to get prostitutes off the streets and out of the legal system. Most are women who are breaking the law, but they are also victims of abuse. more...

Human Trafficking Concerns Become A
04/14/2013 00:00:00
Just Us
Feminists for Life and the Gandhi Institute more...

Do The Right Thing Executive Board
03/01/2012 00:00:00
Members more...

02/01/2012 00:00:00
Jennifer Wolfley
On behalf of Rochester Institute of Technology, The Department of Criminal Justice and English Departments, more...

A Tale of Two Mothers
11/01/2011 00:00:00
RPD News
Jennifer Wolfley
On a fall October day two mothers set out to go to work. Officer Kate kisses her children goodbye, concers herself with what is for dinner, the status of the laundry and other domestic child rearing concers. She puts on her clothes, a freshly pressed uniform, black boots, a Kevlar vest.L more...

Jennifer Wolfley
07/11/2011 00:00:00
Paulette Swartzfager
Jennifer Wolfley more...

Mother's story
06/01/2011 00:00:00
Mary Cariola
A Mother's Story: Where would he have all these opportunities for self growth and more...

Brighton couple provides a stable home to a little boy
05/19/2010 00:00:00
Democrat & Chronicle
Chris Swingle
On a December day in 2006, Jen Wolfley stood in the blowing snow in Rochester talking to a drug-addicted prostitute, one of many she helped as an outreach worker. Wolfley remembers the sun shone brilliantly even through the storm as the woman said she was likely pregnant.
Wolfley had known her for seven years. She'd seen her high on the street and in jail, where Wolfley led a support group for women.
"She said, 'I want you to take the baby.'"
There were plenty of reasons to say no.

A Sociological and Anthropological Study of Cohorts:
06/01/2009 00:00:00
Jennifer Wolfley
!. Johanna – 24, Black Female. Originally from Buffalo. Came here because of boyfriend and drug activity. Prostituting 4 years, on Lyell because it is an easy pick up and there are always johns. Has 2 children no longer in her custody. Has an active drug habit. In custody on 4 occasions. more...

Churches in Solidarity against Violence and Social Injustice
04/10/2009 00:00:00
The Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
Greater Rochester Community of Churches
6th Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus – Grace Urban Ministry Office at the corner of Dewey Ave. and Driving Park Speaker: Ms. Jennifer Wolfley, Director of Client Services, Grace Urban Ministries (Mary Magdalene Women’s Outreach Center & Shalom Family Life Center) more...

New liberal arts courses bring societal issues to the forefront
02/26/2009 00:00:00
RIT News & Events
Will Dube
Jennifer Wolfley, adjunct professor of English and criminal justice, has dedicated her professional life to increasing understanding and assisting people involved with one of America’s most prevalent, if little talked about, social problems— prostitution. As the longtime director of Rochester’s Mary Magdalene Outreach Center, she works to assist prostitutes in getting off the streets and rebuilding their lives, while also enhancing public awareness concerning the social effects of the issue. more...

Interesting people bring joy to others
02/09/2009 00:00:00
Democrat & Chronicle
Marketta Gregory
Sometimes people ask me to tell them about my most interesting interviews. They get really quiet, expecting to hear me rattle off a list of famous names that I've scratched down in my skinny reporter's notebook. more...

Former prostitutes share experiences with Shawcross
12/11/2008 00:00:00
Luciana Da Silva
At times Arthur Shawcross was nice and other times he was the focus of nightmares that is what two former prostitutes have told a woman who helped them turn their lives around. more...

"Dear John" Billboards Slated for Lyell Avenue
09/10/2008 00:00:00
Rachel Barnhart
(Rochester, N.Y.) – It’s been a while since the issue made headlines, but there’s a new reminder that prostitution remains a scourge on Lyell Avenue. more...

Neighborhood Reacts to Arrest in Shaw Case
07/11/2008 00:00:00
FOX 31 / WROC-TV 8
Evan Axelbank
The words have been passed down through the ages, but Thursday night, on Dewey Avenue and Driving Park Avenue in Rochester, "thou shall not kill" has new meaning. more...

Women's Outreach
10/16/2007 00:00:00
Nikki Rudd
Rochester Police are teaming up with a local outreach center, targeting people in our community many tend to overlook: the homeless, prostitutes, and people out of prison. more...

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Lyell group wants tougher stand on prostitution
03/04/2007 00:00:00
Tim Louis Macaluso
Like most parents, Shirley Pratt would like to think about college and her daughter's future. But right now, she says, she doesn't have that luxury. Her only concern is keeping her safe. more...

Grace Urban Ministries needs volunteers, donations
07/11/2006 00:00:00
Democrat & Chronicle
Marketta Gregory
Looking for a place to help out during the holidays? Grace Urban Ministries needs youth groups and others to provide warm meals on Tuesday nights. Plus, they need donations of personal hygiene items, canned food, warm coats, boots, hats and gloves. more...

120 mourn A.J.; mother indicted
08/28/2005 00:00:00
Democrat & Chronicle
Donna Jackel and James Goodman,
Arthur J. Gibson Jr. was an outgoing, energetic child who loved playing video games, attending church and having his hair braided. more...

Going homeless: Social worker gets perspective
08/22/2005 00:00:00
Democrat & Chronicle
Marketta Gregory
Of all days to become homeless, Jennifer Wolfley chose a day when the rain came down not in drips and dribbles but in streams. more...

A helping hand out on the streets
10/08/2004 00:00:00
Democrat & Chronicle
Marketta Gregory
Jennifer Wolfley is a self-described poet, someone who observes and then communicates the truth. more...


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Jen Writings

A Letter to my Parents
05/30/2009 23:05:35
I had a cigarette and a soda on the deck with both of you tonight. We sat on the deck and I swear for a moment a saw the two of you. Time really stopped there, for a moment. I pictured you daddy, sa

Fall, Just the word itself
05/30/2009 23:05:35
Fall, Just the word itself.
In every season, in every year.
That I care to remember,
I can remember a fall.

It is this time of year, that I remember starting school.


I have written this poem
05/30/2009 23:05:35
I have written this poem
A thousand times in my mind
Working it all out
Over and over.

Sometimes on one of the I90's
Driving to a destination
It all becomes so clea

I hugged you today
05/30/2009 23:05:35
I hugged you today, I felt you
For a moment, I was able to forget how you hurt

I held you and pressed you to me, maybe forgiving
Maybe starving
I don't quite know more...

I look back
05/30/2009 23:05:35
I look back, briefly on a spring like
Winter day
The weather and sky a gift to soothe a broken
Have a cup of tea, perhaps orange to soothe
Kleenex for tears, as I carry

I think often, in solitude
05/30/2009 23:05:35
I think often, in solitude
How I don't think of you often
And I find relief like tonic being cut by bitters

I don't miss you telling me what I think and how I feel
And I don'

I usually like people
05/30/2009 23:05:35
I usually like people, but
I see I have little tolerance
Today for some.

Little black girl, whatever
Your age, I know your kind
You want to be part of mainstream. Secret

In pen and pencil
05/30/2009 23:05:35
In pen and pencil
I find myself lining it all up
As I write my knuckles, stiffen
And my shoulders raise tense

Under dim light, transfused
And transfixed
I get close t

Just as a surgeon, with delicate hands
05/30/2009 23:05:35
Just as a surgeon, with delicate hands
I must cut a new way
Lucid memories, vivid transactions
Of people whose hands greatly splintered
Required my tender fingers to tweeze.

No Title-Just a Memory
05/30/2009 23:05:35
In the middle of nowhere
At no particular time
I can be brought back

Memories, shaken
Of Antiseptic and Aramis
Days spent in Sterile spa
Wondering if you would die more...

05/30/2009 23:05:35
Romance, feelings, oppression and
Such a mixture, a cocktail
Spring is coming in as I come
Into myself

I wish I had completeness
And wholeness an academic

05/30/2009 23:05:35
There was a small bird in a small cage. Her wings were clipped, and her feet tied. In her mind, she was far, far away and she could fly.

The small cage, which housed her, was inadequate. S

The Borrowed Farmer
05/30/2009 23:05:35
What is must be like to be a borrowed farmer?
To sow seeds, on land that you won't see every morn.

The farmer, and his hands, both his and that of his team
Must work feverishly to a

The Easter Bunny Loves Me Too
05/30/2009 23:05:35
Growing up in projects, I could see
That Christmas, Easter and Valentines Day was for me,
My father said, "Good things come to those who wait"
But, the bunny, St. Nick and Cupid were al

The inefficiency of efficiency
05/30/2009 23:05:35
The inefficiency of efficiency
Has gotten my attention

All of this preparation, details
Magnificent sculpting and coiffing

Where you find pristine condition
And mental

Two of You
05/30/2009 23:05:35
I served my time, painfully
Moved around like a bag of dirty laundry
That nobody wanted to wash.

I used to hear the words of a song
and they sang of only freedom.
I am fre

Viewing Hopper's work
05/30/2009 23:05:35
Viewing Hopper's work about the
Over exaggeration of loneliness
Gazing outside a picture window
Large, massive and sullen
What separates me from the world.

A city, definin

Walking on Dekalb Avenue
05/30/2009 23:05:35
Walking on Dekalb Avenue, trains overhead
Soot and heat like angry clouds expelling gas and noxious gasses
We would walk down the long street. Most people fair skinned, or thin and pale, as

When I count how many times
05/30/2009 23:05:35
When I count how many times
I have locked and unlocked my office door
I suppose I could look back
And realize that I opened minds as well.

Through corridors and hallways

Writing you charming little stories of intimacy and passion
05/30/2009 23:05:35
Writing you charming little stories of intimacy and passion
As if we are entwined in conversation together,
Communicating and connecting on some other plane

Passion, and intensity o

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