Pioneer supports criminal justice-involved individuals with the services needed to successfully re-enter our communities. Our mission is to provide individuals with criminal histories the opportunity to lead healthy, productive lives.

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Labels Create Barriers

We believe that words are powerful and can be very stigmatizing and harmful when used to label our citizens who are or were formerly incarcerated. Let’s be clear, the individuals are first and foremost human beings!

We all need to remember that people released from prison or jail share common and descriptive names with everyone else in society to include: grandparent, parent, son and daughter, extended family member, friend, neighbor, colleague and employee. These are the only type of names that should ever be used to describe a person.

When talking about people who have been involved in the criminal justice system, here are labels to avoid and terms that are acceptable:













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Pioneer Human Services is a nonprofit (501c3) social enterprise. One-hundred percent of our revenues are reinvested within the organization.


Exciting News! We are very proud to announce that Pioneer was awarded the 2018 Achieve Award at the Association of Washington Business (AWB) Evening of Excellence gala on November 28 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. The AWB....Read more >>

SEATTLE, WA, November 28, 2018 – Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold was awarded Pioneer Human Services’ 2018 Champion Award for her dedication to restore the rights of people with criminal histories and....Read more >>

In celebration of Pioneer’s 55th anniversary, MOD Pizza has generously offered to have a fundraiser to thank us for our work! On November 29, 2018 please visit any of the following MOD Pizza Stores in the Puget....Read more >>