Operation L.I.P.S.T.I.C.K.: Ladies Involved In Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killings

LIPSTICK is the women’s leadership project developed in response to the question: Where do crime guns come from? The answer, sadly, is women. (Download Fact Sheet here)

Emerging research shows women and girls enable gun traffickers by buying, concealing, storing and holding guns for felons who can’t get guns legally.

Astonishingly, no one has addressed this problem – until now. We can make an immediate, powerful and lasting impact on urban youth violence by reducing the willingness of women and girls to engage in high-risk behaviors involving guns. CFS is partnering with the U.S. Department of Justice, Massachusetts Department of Public Safety, Harvard School of Public Health, Suffolk County District Attorney, Project RIGHT, YMCA, City of Boston, and other public safety organizations.

Our goal is to create a network of educated, active, engaged, and vocal female leaders who are key partners with law enforcement to keep illegally trafficked guns out of our communities.

Operation LIPSTICK uses peer-to-peer education and leadership development models to inform women and girls about the dangers of buying, hiding and holding guns illegally, showcase positive role models, and change norms around gun carrying. LIPSTICK is a catalyst for community-powered change, impacting both the supply and demand for illegal guns and making our communities safer today.

Women hold the key to reducing violence on our streets. We can work together to prevent women from being coerced, pressured and exploited to buy, hide and hold guns used in crime.

We support:
  • Providing education and counseling services for at-risk women and girls
  • Reducing the number of women willing to buy guns for people who can’t get them legally
  • Training women as spokespeople and leaders
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“Women might not be pulling the trigger, but by providing the gun, they could be contributing to someone’s death. We’re putting it on blast. We will no longer allow ourselves to be used this way.”

— Kim Odom, Pastor, True Vine Church and mother of Steven Odom, murdered with an illegally trafficked gun at age 13

Boston D.A. credits LIPSTICK with 1/3 drop in gun crimes by women Learn more