Mo Korchinski spent seven years in prison for trafficking cocaine — now she runs a mentoring program for women getting out.
“I was in addiction since I was 12 years old, and you know, I never knew life could be so good clean and sober,” she sated.
Korchinski gives support to incarcerated women during the first 72 hours after they are released. She works with the peer mentoring program Unlocking the Gates to provide women with clothes, medication, and shelter. She says she started using cocaine after her mom’s death.
“My mom was dying of cancer, I went to go spend time with my mom. I left my kids with their father. The night my mom died, I picked up the crack pipe, and cocaine and I never looked back,” she said. “I mean, that’s how powerful this disease is — that a mother can actually turn her back on children.”
She says she decided to get clean after spending her 40th birthday in prison, and she’s since reconnected with her three kids, who grew up with their fathers. With the support she received from her indigenous community, she was able to get the treatment she needed and become clean — now she wants to show women the same support she received.