Kat Armstrong is the acting CEO of the Women’s Justice Network and is an ex-prisoner, having served 10 years in prison. Kat commenced a law degree whilst serving a custodial sentence, and has since completed it 14 years later. When released from prison, Kat remained in Sydney – knowing nobody, homeless, and with just $213 to her name.
Having seen and experienced the enormous gap in the decreasing resources and support networks for women in prison and upon their release, in 2007 Kat co-founded the organisation Women in Prison Advocacy Network (WIPAN) in NSW. WIPAN, now rebranded the Women’s Justice Network, is an organisation that gives direct support, via mentoring and advocacy, to women affected by the criminal justice system. Kat was the Director/CEO of WIPAN from its commencement to February 2016, and is now again the acting CEO from March 2017, although continues to directly mentor women and do voluntary work for the organisation.