Luna-Rose Prisoner Support is a non-profit organization bringing critical humanitarian support to Canadians, Americans, Europeans, Asians and other foreign national prisoners in Bangkok, Thailand’s prisons.
Luna-Rose Prisoner Support is a non-profit organization founded by Heather Luna-Rose. Since 2006, I have been offering * support visitations * counselling * psychological first aid * food * medical advocacy * radical compasssion * connection * hope * to Canadian, European, Australian, Iranian, American, Burmese and many other foreigner nationals in Bangkok prisons. Most are serving very long sentences, including on death row, most of them casualties in the War on Drugs. Until 2012, in addition to support visits, I brought food, toiletries, antibiotics, writing supplies, art supplies, clothes, books, until this was no longer allowed. Now, my psychosocial support includes facilitating human connection and counselling the inmates, passing messages to families, arranging pen-pals, and lobbying their Embassies for medical attention and minimal attention.
In the appalling conditions which do not meet minimum internationally agreed upon standards of treatment, space, sanitation, nutrition or medical care, inmates experience brutality, physical and mental ailments and acute emotional distress. They are disconnected from home country, family support, and friends and experience overwhelming loneliness and suffering. Luna-Rose Prisoner Support offers human connection, psychosocial and emotional support, providing a critical life-line and re-connecting these forgotten people to the web of humanity.
I am inundated by requests to visit more inmates; this work is entirely self-funded and relies on your contributions to continue.
A visit from Heather wakes up my mind, emotions, feelings, pushes up my hope, love, strength, belief and power to continue to create. Simply to say: her visits help me to survive. It’s like a window to outside and pills which let me know I am still a human. -- FELIX. (Ukraine/Russia)
I get letters from my family back home, but having an actual face-to-face visit is a big boost for my state of mind. I have said many times to many people that what we do in this place is not living, it is existing. Well, thanks to you... I get to live again during these always too brief visits. -- Justin. (USA )
You can’t imagine our gratitude. It can be very cold and lonely here and it’s heartwarming to know that there are still people that care about us. -- Adrian. (Canada)
Activist, humanitarian, author, educator, I founded and have self-funded Luna-Rose Prisoner Support on tenacity, hard work and determination to not abandon broken people to walk the darkest road of their lives alone. I offer trauma-informed counselling, psychological first aid, advocacy, logistical and material support, and the most basic of human rights: a human connection to keep isolated people in the web of humanity.
When I’m not connecting with inmates, bringing advocacy, food counselling and hope, I'm liaising with inmates’ families, offering trauma-informed support to many family members as well as inmates, lobbying Embassies to better support their citizens in basic human rights, responding to enquiries, and more. I've curated Bangkwang prisoner artwork exhibits, with all proceeds going to artist-inmates. In Canada, I work my ass off odd jobs to self-fund this humanitarian mission and to solicit donations. I lobby our government to do a better job supporting incarcerated Canadians to get the basics of medical attention, food and psychosocial support. I speak to groups and schools about the War on Drugs; Minimum Standards of Prisoner Treatment (Mandela Rules); prisoner mental health; human rights and humanitarian praxis; addiction recovery; the impacts of incarceration on foreigners in Thai prisons; and, the necessity of human connection and radical compassion to heal ourselves and our world.